Dr. Joe Casola of the UW’s Climate Impacts Group will provide the framing address for the NW Energy Coalition’s Clean & Affordable Energy Conference. He will prepare the audience for the policy panels that follow by providing the latest climate science, with a focus on the Northwest’s changing hydrograph and how these changes affect hydropower production and salmon survival.
Casola has worked on climate science and policy for more than 15 years, translating data on climate variability, climate change, and climate effects for policymakers, resource managers, and business leaders. He previously served as staff scientist and program director for science and impacts at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in Washington, DC; a senior associate at ICF International; and a post-doctoral fellow at the National Research Council. Casola earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in atmospheric sciences from the University of Washington, where his research examined the response of snowpack in the Cascades to rising temperatures. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Duke University.
His presentation will frame the subsequent panels on the implications of climate change for power planning and national and state carbon-reduction policies.
For conference inquiries, please contact Kat Plimpton at ka*@nw******.org.