SEFS Researchers Contribute to Fourth National Climate Assessment

Two researchers at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences contributed to a chapter in the new volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, an assessment of climate change across the nation produced every four years by the federal government.

Professor David Peterson was one of two coordinating lead authors, and research scientist Jessica Halofsky was a technical contributor. Both contributed to a chapter in the assessment on forests. The chapter looked at how extreme weather, including droughts, will make wildfires more frequent and intense nationally and in specific regions of the U.S. It also describes how climate change will affect other ecological disturbances, such as insects. The authors find that many options exist to reduce the largely negative effects of climate change, and list how federal agencies and other entities are already implementing adaptation measures across the United States.

In addition, former SEFS student, Gabrielle Roesch-McNally, who now works for the U.S. Forest Service, also contributed to the assessment.

Read more about the assessment and the other UW researchers who were involved in its creation.