Climate Resilience & Community Science

The Aquatic Assessment and Monitoring Team (AAMT) is working to increase climate resiliency throughout the Salish Sea. One of the ways that AAMT aims to do this is by establishing a network of community scientists working to research, understand, and advocate for their local watersheds and estuaries.
What is climate resilience?
DNR defines climate resilience as “Being prepared for, and adapting to, current and future climate-related changes”. Climate resiliency encourages us to understand and prepare for the impacts of our quickly changing climate.
AAMT is actively working to understand the effects of climate change on local aquatic lands through research and community-based science.
As an agency DNR is working to build climate resiliency in our communities. To learn more about DNR’s goals in regards to climate resiliency please read DNR’s Plan for Climate Resilience
How can community science help build climate resilience?
Community scientists play an essential role in assisting in ongoing research projects and in developing new research ideas. Changes in ecosystems, watersheds, and communities are noticed the most by those that live in them. Community science aids members of the local community in learning and practicing scientific research, which allows for a greater understanding of the effects of climate change. Measuring, observing, and recording local impacts of climate change allows for greater agency and action among community members.
Being a community scientist with AAMT can look like:
  • Participating in fieldwork at local aquatic research and monitoring sites
    • Ensuring function of aquatic sensors
    • Conducting nearshore and riparian vegetation surveys
    • Documenting bird diversity and behavior
    • Monitoring benthic invertebrate abundance
  • Attending educational events and webinars
  • Proposing new research topic ideas based on field observations
  • Writing pieces for the AAMT Community Science Newsletter
Interested in becoming a community scientist? Please see the Community Scientist Toolbox for more information!