Climate Quest


CANCELLED FOR 2009-Contact for 2010 information.
UW Climate Quest announced in UW News.

This high paced summer course will introduce students to topics in climate science and the basics needed to produce a 5 minute digital film focusing on one significant impact of climate change in Western Washington. The course includes (i)discussions with UW scientists, naturalists, non-profit representatives, city planners and/or others (ii) hands-on activities (iii) field trips to Seattle venues and (iv) creation of a short video depicting "Western Washington in 2050".

Coordinating Instructor: Miriam A. Bertram, PhD Oceanography and Program Manager for the UW Program on Climate Change.

Science Instruction: Elly Walsh, PhD Candidate Oceanography
Video Instruction: Filiz Efe and Matthew Stringer, candidates for UW Digital Masters Degrees.

Meeting times:
Friday, 10 July 2009 10 a.m. - 4 p.m
Monday -Friday 13 July - 17 July 2009 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 18 July 2009 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: UW Ocean Sciences Building and the Burke Museum

Cost is $600.
Need based scholarships are available. Application.
1 UW College Credit Earned (OCEAN 240)

For more information call the UW Program on Climate Change: 206-543-6521 or e-mail

An independent curriculum with a connection to other courses across the country (, this program puts students directly in contact with peers and with college mentors actively engaged in the climate crisis, laying the groundwork for a national online community where students can share their ideas.

Past Programs
This course was first taught in July 2008, and attracted seventeen participants, 4 with half scholarships supported by an outside donor. Several guest speakers visited the class, taught in the Ocean Sciences Building, including Julian Sachs (paleoceanography), Philip Mote (PNW climate impacts), Richard Strickland (Puget Sound circulation), LuAnne Thompson (modeling), and Tim Stetter and Diane Quinn (Burke Museum exhibits). Their stories are posted on YouTube.

Photos from Climate Quest 2008 can be seen at our Flickr Group.