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“Precipitation. It’s complicated.”: Communicating the San Diego County Ecosystems Report with Button

Communicating science can be difficult, especially if your audience members aren’t scientists by training. The San Diego County Ecosystems Assessment, a part of California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment to be released in late Summer of 2018, is 150+ pages long. To make the findings more accessible to practitioners, the Alliance developed a 34 page summary magazine, which can be downloaded here. To add a little fun, we created buttons featuring short slogans to communicate key points of the report. “Precipitation. It’s complicated.” According to the assessment, San Diego’s precipitation regime is projected to become more variable, with more dry days and more dry years. However, the few ex

Registration for the 3rd California Adaptation Forum is Now Open!

Register today for the 3rd California Adaptation Forum, taking place August 27-29, 2018 in Sacramento, CA. The Forum will gather a multidisciplinary audience of over 700 climate leaders to foster knowledge exchange, innovation, and mutual support to transition California communities from adaptation awareness to planning and action. We hope that you will join us! Register here today. #BuildingCapacity

Communicating Climate Change through Art — CSA guest lectures in Art Institute class

On Wednesday, June 6th staff from the Climate Science Alliance presented on the role of art in climate change communication for students enrolled in an Environmental Science class at the Art Institute of California. While the science behind climate change is concrete, the way it's often communicated — papers published in scientific journals, complex graphs, textbook terminology — is simply not always very effective. The Climate Science Alliance recognizes that artists have the ability to tell the story of climate change in a way that invokes an emotional response and can inspire action on both an individual and community level. As a result we created the Affiliated Artists Program as a part

Climate Kids Activities at Sherman Elementary Garden Festival for 2nd Year

Climate Science Alliance Staff brought our Climate Kids Carnivores Traveling Trunk activities to Sherman Elementary's Garden Festival on May 25th again this year. Students and families had a blast learning about local carnivore species, the problems they are facing due to climate change and urbanization, and special connectivity planning that is underway in San Diego. Students who participated in hands-on science activities were inspired to tell the story to other students! They encouraged participants to make observations about some of the species important to our local ecosystems and to learn about the "10 Things" they can do to help the Earth by participating in a coloring station. Check

“Fog Saves”: Communicating the San Diego County Ecosystems Report with Buttons

Communicating science can be difficult, especially if your audience members aren’t scientists by training. The San Diego County Ecosystems Assessment, a part of California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment to be released in late Summer of 2018, is 150+ pages long. To make the findings more accessible to practitioners, the Alliance developed a 34 page summary magazine, which can be downloaded here. To add a little fun, we created buttons featuring short slogans to communicate key points of the report. “Fog saves” If climate change is San Diego’s villain, than fog may be our superhero. A key point from the San Diego Ecosystems Report s the potential role for coastal low clouds and fog (CLCF)

New Climate Kids Pollinators Field Trip at San Diego Botanic Garden!

The Climate Science Alliance has been working with San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG) to help integrate climate change science into their Pollination field trip. The field trip includes various activities such as a Bee and Flower Pollination Game, flower dissection, Solutions Charades, as well as many other hands-on activities. Students are taken through a one hour immersive program that describes the importance of pollination and how climate change is creating time cycle shifts in flower blooming and pollination patterns. Find out more about Pollination and Flowers in this special video SDBG produced for the 2nd-5th grade field trip: https://www.dropbox.com/s/e5gwiol2dl39hv0/Pollination%202018

Meet Skylaar Amann, our Newest Affiliated Artist!

Our newest Affiliated Artist is Skylaar Amann, who calls Oregon home and uses the rugged Pacific Coastline as inspiration for her science and kid-lit illustrations. Read the Q&A below to get to know the newest artist in the Alliance family! Climate Science Alliance (Alliance): How would you describe your art? Skylaar: I make ocean and nature illustrations for kids and adults. A lot of my work can be categorized as “sciart,” which means art inspired or influenced by science in some way and used to easily communicate scientific ideas. This can mean encouraging a sense of wonder in a child through a richly illustrated nature illustration or a simple, cartoony drawing of a whale with some quick

“Drought: I’ll be back!”: Communicating the San Diego County Ecosystems Report with Buttons

Communicating science can be difficult, especially if your audience members aren’t scientists by training. The San Diego County Ecosystems Assessment, a part of California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment to be released in late Summer of 2018, is 150+ pages long. To make the findings more accessible to practitioners, the Alliance developed a 34 page summary magazine, which can be downloaded here. To add a little fun, we created buttons featuring short slogans to communicate key points of the report. Drought: “I’ll be back!” Drought is becoming an increasingly scary topic for Californians. So if we had to pick a film character to represent drought, we’d pick our iconic governor well known f

Climate Kids Hosts Joint Assembly with CSA Affiliated Artist Biomimicry

Spring 2018 was a busy season for Climate Kids. Climate Kids Traveling Trunks have been flying off the shelves and teachers have been very receptive to the resources available in the trunks and opportunities that go beyond the material alone. Our team at the Alliance has been fortunate enough to partner with Fulton K-8, a Title 1 school in Skyline to bring new climate science activities and hands-on learning opportunities to the school. 5th grade teacher Cindy Trunzo (pictured in the photo to the right) piloted out all three of our Climate Kids Traveling Trunks in her class, teaching students about the importance of Pollinators, Carnivores, and Ocean Ecosystems and how human-induced climate

Alliance Team Leads Plenary Presentation at SERCAL 2018

Alliance Director Dr. Amber Pairis and Alliance Advisors Dr. Megan Jennings and Dr. Julie Kalansky opened day one of the SERCAL (California Society for Ecological Restoration) conference on May 9, 2018 in San Diego, CA. Dr. Pairis and Dr. Jennings introduced the recent assessment “San Diego County Ecosystems: The Ecological Impacts of Climate Change on a Biodiversity Hotspot”, which was led by a unique collaboration of local ecologists and climatologists under the umbrella of the Climate Science Alliance. The assessment presents the state of the science on the projected climatic changes in temperature, precipitation regime, fire weather, and coastal low clouds and fog and the likely effects

Climate Kids Program Training Featured in San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Newsletter

The Climate Science Alliance has been working with the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy to provide climate change resources to programming, education staff and naturalists. In their newsletter to partners, they highlighted our partnership and talked about our collaborative Climate Kids assembly and our personalized climate education training. View the full newsletter here. #ClimateKids #BuildingCapacity #BuildingCommunity

“It’s Getting Hot in Here”: Communicating the San Diego County Ecosystems Report with Buttons

Communicating science can be difficult, especially if your audience members aren’t scientists by training. The San Diego County Ecosystems Assessment, a part of California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment to be released in late Summer of 2018, is 150+ pages long. To make the findings more accessible to practitioners, the Alliance developed a 34 page summary magazine, which can be downloaded here. To add a little fun, we created buttons featuring short slogans to communicate key points of the report. “It’s Getting Hot in Here” The assessment considers historical climate and environmental observations as well as plausible future climate in the San Diego region, using Relative Concentration P

CSA Participates in Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s Earth Day

Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel hosted their 2nd Annual Earth Day on Saturday, June 2nd and it was a huge success! Around 150 members from the community visited booths which provided information on protecting our natural environments and fun activities to participate in. The Climate Science Alliance was invited to share our Climate Kids Carnivores Traveling Trunk with attendees. Our Carnivores trunk features animal pelts and skulls for people to observe and touch and engages participates on the importance of these animals. We also provided an art activity, in which children colored in a commitment from our “10 Things You Can Do To Help” poster. After completing this activity, these new Climate

San Pasqual Gathers Tribal Community at Annual Park Day Event

San Pasqual Park Day, hosted by the San Pasqual Band of Diegueño Mission Indians on May 18, brought together community members for a relaxing and beautiful event focusing on watershed restoration and protection. Attendees were greeted with live music, pizza freshly made in the stone oven, and activities from La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, medicinal plant information from Indigenous Restoration, and hands-on science activities around marine protection from Climate Kids. The event was held at a newly restored Mata'Yuum area in the reservation. The restoration of this area was a collaboration between the San Pasqual Environmental Department, Indigenous Regen

Climate Change Mini-Forum Presents SDC Ecosystems Report

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently co-hosted a special Climate Change Mini-Forum with the Climate Science Alliance on Monday, May 7, 2018. Julie Kalansky from the California-Nevada Applications Program (CNAP) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography presented new analysis and regional climate projections for the south coast region on temperature, precipitation, fire, and sea level rise to Region 5 staff, as part of her work on California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment. You can read more about the state of the San Diego County Ecosystems Report here: www.climatesciencealliance.org/sdc-ecosystems-assessment. #BuildingCapacity #BuildingResilience #EcosystemResilience

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