8th Annual Northwest Climate Conference

Working Together to Build a Resilient Northwest

October 10-11, 2017

The Call for Abstracts and Special Sessions is Now Open!

All submissions are due by 11:00 pm (Pacific) on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Jump to: Oral/Poster Abstracts   Special Session Proposals


The Northwest 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 and practice in the Pacific Northwest. 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 MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017 and must be submitted online using the relevant links below. If you have questions about abstract submissions, contact Lara Whitely Binder, UW Climate Impacts Group.

Oral & Poster Presentation Abstracts


Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are requested for a range of topics focused on climate and adaptation. Presentations that connect science to management decisions and presentations related to implementation of adaptation actions are strongly encouraged. Emphasis is on talks that are comprehensible to a wide audience on topics of broad interest.

Only one oral presentation will be accepted for each lead author. Organizing a special session or giving a presentation in a special session does not count against this limit. The allowed time limit for oral presentations is 20 minutes (15 minutes for presentation + 5 minutes for questions). Times will be strictly enforced to ensure adequate opportunities for questions and discussion.

To accommodate the large number of anticipated submissions, we expect that many submissions will be assigned to a poster. Posters will be available for viewing through the duration of the conference, and will also be part of a dedicated evening poster session and reception on Tuesday, October 10, to encourage discussion between poster authors and attendees. Abstracts for preliminary research or planned efforts are more likely to be assigned to poster.

Also, due to the cross-cutting nature of the conference, presenters accepted 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.

We recommend previewing the information (oral submission preview; poster submission preview) that will be requested during the submission process to help ensure you have all the information you need prior to submitting your abstract (you will not be able to save and return to an incomplete submission).

Potential topic areas include:

  • Regional climate variability and change
  • Extreme events (e.g., drought, floods, wildfire)
  • Aquatic ecosystems: Impacts and adaptation
  • Hydrology and water resources: Impacts and adaptation
  • Forests and forest ecosystems: Impacts and adaptation
  • Agriculture: Impacts and adaptation
  • Nearshore and marine ecosystems: Impacts and adaptation
  • Terrestrial ecosystems: Impacts and adaptation
  • Coastal issues and shoreline management
  • Hazard mitigation planning
  • Infrastructure and the built environment: Impacts and adaptation
  • Tribal communities: Impacts and adaptation
  • Equity and climate justice
  • Climate and human health
  • The economics of adaptation (e.g., costs of inaction, benefits of adaptation)
  • Insurance and climate impacts
  • Communicating climate risks
  • Collaboration and co-production of decision-relevant research
  • Working across organizational or sectoral boundaries

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Special Session Proposals

Special session proposals are being accepted for any of the topics listed in the oral/poster presentation abstract solicitation above. Special sessions that demonstrate and stimulate discussion on how climate science is being used in decision making (i.e., sessions that effectively link climate science to impacts assessment and decision making, or sessions that include speakers from both science and management communities) are encouraged.

Special session organizers are responsible for recruiting presenters and meeting any special session deadlines for the conference. You will need to identify who is presenting or otherwise participating in your special session when submitting the abstract. Presentation titles and abstracts are not required at this time, however.

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 at least 15 minutes for a 1-hour block and at least 20 minutes for a 90-minute block).

Presenters and special session organizers are still eligible to submit an oral presentation abstract separate from the planned special session. Special session presenters who want their presentation to be considered for an oral presentation slot if the special session is not accepted should submit an abstract for an oral presentation at this time. The oral presentation submission form will prompt the presenter to identify the proposed special session to which the talk belongs.

We recommend previewing the information (special session form preview) 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 submission).


Submit Special Session Proposal