CORVALLIS - Oregonians may find themselves dealing with a change in lifestyle as recent data indicates the Northwest is becoming a warmer, wetter place.

The evidence of the shift in climate - as well as possible impacts on Northwest water supplies, forests, coasts and wildlife - will be discussed at a free public lecture at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Oregon State University's Gilfillan Auditorium.

"Are We Prepared For A Changing Climate" will be presented by Phil Mote, a research from the University of Washington, and a member of the UW's Climate Impacts Group. Mote is lead author of a new report that examines regional government preparations for dealing with a changing climate.

The report is the most comprehensive examination of past and future climate change in the region, Mote said.

The event is sponsored by OSU's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, The Center for Analysis of Environmental Change, Oregon Climate Service and Oregon Sea Grant.

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James Good, 541-737-1339