PORTLAND, Ore. — Editor's note: The video above is a climate change Q&A with KGW meteorologist Matt Zaffino.

The city of Portland will be hosting the return of a regional climate conference this week.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the 10th annual Northwest Climate Conference will be held at a downtown Portland hotel from Tuesday through Thursday.

The event will start Tuesday evening with an open session that will talk about agriculture and climate change in the Pacific Northwest.

The summit will cover topics including water quality impacts, drought, wildfires, and public perception of climate change.

Paul Loikith, an assistant professor at Portland State University and a conference chair, said the summit has become more diverse over the years.

"I think each year the conference has sort of expanded the scope and the diversity of voices that participate and there's reflection of that in the panels," Loikith told Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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