What is climate resilience?
As we begin to experience increasingly significant effects of a warming planet—from obvious impacts like wildfire smoke and extreme heat, to less effects such as increased migration, shifts in precipitation patterns, and warming of rivers and streams—the concept of resilience becomes increasingly important. Climate resilience is the "the capacity of social, economic and ecosystems to cope with a hazardous event or trend or disturbance, responding or reorganising in ways that maintain their essential function, identity and structure as well as biodiversity in case of ecosystems while also maintaining the capacity for adaptation, learning and transformation."1
Spokane Beat the Heat
Spokane Beat the Heat is an initiative of Gonzaga University’s Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment that is designed to help our community deal with the impacts of extreme summer heat.
Learn more about the Spokane Beat the Heat program and the opportunity to help conduct citizen science the summer to map urban heat islands in our community.
Spokane Climate Project
The Spokane Climate Project is a collaborative effort between the Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) and the community of Spokane, Washington. The project’s goals are to identify climate and weather impacts faced by the Spokane community as well as resiliency actions designed to keep the community, its economy, and natural systems healthy and prosperous. Project participants include representatives from city and county entities, local universities, local nonprofits, and local businesses. Gonzaga University has been a proud support of the Project since its inception.
Learn more about projected climate impacts on the Spokane region.
CDC's Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Framework
1. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (2022) Assessment Report Six, Summary for Policymakers.