A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
The PNW Climate Science Conference brings together more than 250 researchers and practitioners from around the region to discuss scientific results, challenges, and solutions related to climate impacts on people, natural resources, and infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. It is the region's premier opportunity for a cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge and ideas about regional climate, climate impacts, and climate adaptation science and practice. Conference participants include policy- and decision-makers, resource managers, and scientists from academia, public agencies, sovereign tribal nations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
The conference format will include invited speakers, plenary sessions of broad interest, and more targeted concurrent sessions. A poster session/hosted reception is also planned at the end of the first day. Anticipated concurrent sessions include Pacific Northwest hydrology and water resources; terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; the built environment; human health; agriculture; and shorelines, oceans, and coasts. Presentations and posters within each session will span a range of topics from science to vulnerability assessment and implementation of adaptation actions. A draft conference agenda will be available in mid-July.