6th Annual Northwest Climate Conference
November 3-5, 2015

Abstracts & Special Sessions


The call for abstracts is now CLOSED.
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Abstracts and special session proposals for the 6th Annual Northwest Climate Conference (formerly known as the Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference) are now being accepted.

The Northwest (NW) Climate Conference aims to go beyond the typical discipline-based climate conference to stimulate a place-based exchange of information about emerging climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science in the NW. The conference will also provide a forum for presentation of emerging policy and management goals, objectives, and information needs related to regional climate impacts and adaptation.

The Program Committee invites abstracts for presentations (oral and poster) at contributed paper sessions, as well as proposals for special, cross-cutting sessions. Both are due by 11:00 pm (Pacific) on FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015 and must be submitted online using the relevant links below.

Oral & Poster Presentation Abstracts

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are solicited for work related to the topic areas listed below (click on topic area for more detail). Impacts and adaptation are combined within each of the listed topic areas to encourage presentations that connect science to management decisions and implementation of adaptation actions. Choose one of the following:

  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to) Northwest:
    • Climate variability, climate change (observed and projected), climate extremes, and paleoclimate studies
    • Climate modeling
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Climate impacts on snowpack, glaciers, streamflows, water quality, flood/drought risk, sediment transport, stormwater management, and water supply management
    • Vulnerability assessment approaches and case studies related to this topic
    • Economic impact assessments related to this topic
    • Adaptation/risk management case studies related to this topic
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Physical basis for 2015 climate as derived from observations and models
    • Climate impacts in 2015 across sectors
    • Management responses, strategies and lessons learned
    • Economic impact assessments related to this topic
    • Adaptation/risk management case studies related to this topic
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Climate impacts on forests, rangelands, wetlands, and other ecosystem types; species habitat, phenology and species interaction; forest productivity; biodiversity; terrestrial and aquatic plant and animal species; wildfires and other disturbances; and invasive species.
    • Vulnerability assessment approaches and case studies related to this topic
    • Economic impact assessments related to this topic
    • Adaptation/risk management case studies related to this topic
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Manifestation of climate variability and change in mountain environments
    • Climate impacts on mountain ecosystems, water resources, or recreation
    • Vulnerability assessment approaches and case studies related to this topic
    • Economic impact assessments related to this topic
    • Adaptation/risk management case studies related to this topic
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Sea level rise, ocean acidification, and other observed and projected changes affecting the Northwest's shorelines and coastal and marine environments
    • Climate impacts on shorelines, coastal infrastructure, coastal and marine ecosystems, public and commercial aquatic lands, and coastal and marine species
    • Vulnerability assessment approaches and case studies related to this topic
    • Economic impact assessments related to this topic
    • Adaptation/risk management case studies related to this topic
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Climate impacts on agricultural production and services, irrigation supplies related to agriculture, and pests affecting agriculture
    • Vulnerability assessment approaches and case studies related to this topic
    • Economic impact assessments related to this topic
    • Adaptation/risk management case studies related to this topic
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Climate impacts on structures, services, and community functions, including land use, transportation, utilities, public and private infrastructure, flood management infrastructure, etc.
    • Vulnerability assessment approaches and case studies related to this topic
    • Economic impact assessments related to this topic
    • Adaptation/risk management case studies related to this topic
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Climate communications and outreach
    • Behavioral sciences and social change theory with relevance to human responses to climate
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Efforts that address multiple impact areas, programs, strategies, or jurisdictions in a coordinated or integrated fashion
    • Developing indicators and measurements for evaluating adaptation effectiveness
    • Vulnerability assessment approaches and case studies related to this topic
    • Economic impact assessments related to this topic
    • Adaptation/risk management case studies related to this topic
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to this topic
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Opportunities to incorporate local government perspective
    • Barriers to action
    • Case studies of successful/unsuccessful efforts
    • Studies that move beyond economic cost/benefit of action to values of action/inaction
  • This topic includes presentations related to (but not limited to):
    • Climate impacts on morbidity and mortality, air quality, disease vectors, and other climate-related factors affecting human health
    • Economic impact assessments related to these topics
    • Adaptation/risk management case studies related to these topics
    • Data, decision support tools, and services related to these topics
    • Climate-related presentations that do not fall under any of the previously listed topics
  • Any climate related presentations that do not fall under any of the previous categories


Note that to accommodate the large number of anticipated submissions, we expect that some submissions will be assigned to a poster. The program will include a dedicated evening poster session and reception to encourage discussion between poster authors and attendees.

Due to the cross-cutting nature of the conference and audience, presenters selected for oral presentation will be asked to follow best practices guidelines for communicating to diverse audiences when preparing their talks. This is done to help maximize the impact of the oral presentations and the conference as a whole.

Other things to know when preparing your abstract:

  • Oral presentations are 15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions. Times will be strictly enforced to ensure adequate opportunities for questions and discussion.
  • We recommend previewing the information that will be requested during the submission process to help ensure you have all the information needed prior to submitting your abstract. You will not be able to save and return to an incomplete abstract submission.
  • Use a brief but descriptive title, avoiding acronyms or scientific names in the title.
  • You will need to list all authors and their affiliations.
  • Abstracts are limited to 400 words.
  • You will be asked to select the topic area you consider most relevant to the abstract you are submitting. This input is primarily for abstract review and planning purposes. The Planning Committee may combine topics and/or re-categorize talks as needed when developing the final agenda.
  • Only one oral presentation will be accepted for each lead author. Abstracts for preliminary research or planned efforts are more likely to be assigned to poster.
  • Submitting an abstract does not register you or any co-authors for the conference. Register here


If you have questions about abstract proposal submissions, contact Lauren Parker or John Abatzoglou, University of Idaho.


Special Session Proposals

Special session proposals are being accepted for themes identified in the oral/poster presentation abstract solicitation above as well as other topics relevant to climate change in the NW. Special sessions that demonstrate and stimulate discussion on how climate science is being used in decision making (e.g., sessions that effectively link climate science to impacts assessment to decision making or include speakers from both science and management communities) are especially encouraged.

Special session organizers are responsible for recruiting presenters and meeting any special sessions deadlines for the conference. We ask that special session organizers work with their presenters prior to the conference to ensure coherence between presentations and discussions in the planned session.

The maximum time for special sessions is 1.5 hours; the minimum time is 1 hour. Note that adequate time for questions and discussion must be provided during a special session. In general, we recommend allocating at least 25% of your special session time to questions and discussion (equivalent to no less than 15 minutes for a 1 hour block and no less than 20 minutes for a 90 minute block). Presentation times will be strictly enforced to ensure opportunities for questions and discussion.

Other things to know when preparing your special session proposal:

  • We recommend previewing the information that will be requested during the submission process to help ensure you have all the information you need prior to submitting your special session. You will not be able to save and return to an incomplete abstract submission.
  • Use a brief but descriptive title, avoiding acronyms or scientific names in the title.
  • Special session descriptions are limited to 400 words.
  • You will be asked to select the topic area you consider most relevant to the abstract you are submitting. This input is primarily for abstract review and planning purposes. The Planning Committee may combine topics and/or re-categorize talks as needed when developing the final agenda.
  • You must identify who will be presenting or participating in your special session. Presentation titles are also required.
  • Special session presenters should submit an abstract for their special session presentation or poster using the appropriate link in the general oral/poster abstract submission section above. They must include the special session title and submitting author when doing so.
  • You may choose to receive a limited number of topically relevant individual abstracts from the Program Committee for potential inclusion in your special session, if accepted. If you choose to integrate any additional abstract(s), you will also have the option of extending your session’s time allocation to accommodate the additional abstracts.
  • Submitting a special session proposal does not register you or any session participants for the conference. Register here


If you have questions about special sessions or special session proposal submissions, contact John Abatzoglou, University of Idaho.


Twitter: #nwclimate2015
See information about past conferences here: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010.

Professional organizations/associations intending to meet concurrently should contact Steven Daley-Laursen (email).

Background image provided by the U.S. Forest Service Northern Region [source].