The Northeast Climate Science Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change in the Northeast region.

Katie Booras is a Northeast Climate Science Center graduate fellow who just completed her Master’s in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her work focuses directly on managing water resources for a changing climate.

Take a trip with Paul and his team into the field!  We’ve updated our highlight of Paul with a neat video that paints a picture of one aspect of his Ph.D. investigation into how brook trout are affected by and adapt to climate change.  

Photo: Andy Castillo

This recent Fellow with the Northeast Climate Science Center does a lot of work behind the scenes, but his research on salt marshes is vital to many systems, from the scallops in a Florida bay, to important decision-making agencies on Long Island. 

NE CSC Graduate Fellow Pearl May works with a team at the University of Wisconsin to help Dane County, WI officials understand the potential flooding risks in the area.  Their storm transposition tool assesses the potential impacts of a known storm transposed on a different location - in this case the city and infrastructure of Madison, Wisconsin.

Photo: Dana O'Shea

The 2015 NE CSC Fellows Retreat was held September 22-25 in Suring, Wisconsin. Twenty Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows gathered to share their research, develop collaborations, and learn from stakeholders and scientists who have established strong working relationships.

Photo: Thomas Bonnot, NE CSC Graduate Fellow

The Northeast Climate Science Center is proud to present its Annual Report.  Research activities and accomplishments are highlighted for a variety of events and projects held over the last year.  Featured events include: the Shifting Seasons Building Capacity for Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Summit, which brought tribes and scientists together...

Climate change threatens our lands and seas, our wildlife, and our natural and cultural resources. To conserve our natural environment, managers rely on climate model projections to determine where to take action, what type of action to take, and how much action to apply. Alex Bryan, postdoctoral fellow and climate scientist for the NE CSC, provides such guidance.

Photo: Alex Bryan. Water Vapor Mixing Ratio

The NE CSC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows are actively engaged in research that provides scientific information and tools that natural resource managers can use to aid climate adaptation in the Northeast region.  What are they working on and who will benefit from their research?  Watch the video!

NE CSC Fellow David Johnson was standing in a salt marsh on the northern Massachusetts coast when he saw a fiddler crab, Uca pugnax, nearly 50 miles north of its supposed natural range. The migration north of this charismatic crab with the big, waving claw may be yet another sign of climate change.

Photo: David Johnson

American Indian Tribes have continuously adapted to changing climates for thousands of years by adapting their lifestyles and cultural practices.  The October 2014 Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation Summit in Kashena, WI focused on building relationships between tribes and climate researchers.

Photo: 2014 Summit. Julie Edler, College of Menominee Nation.

Understanding how climate and landscapes affect species demography is critical to forecasting impacts on wildlife.  Productivity of species, such as this Acadian flycatcher sitting on her nest, is affected by weather and patterns in the surrounding landscape. 

Photo: W. Andrew Cox, University of Missouri-Columbia

Developing strategies for addressing global change, including changing climatic regimes, invasive species, and changing land use, is the grand challenge to sustainable management and conservation of forests.  Experimentally girdled black ash within the Chippewa National Forest, MN are being used to anticipate the impacts of emerald ash borer on the vegetation dynamics and...

Photo: Anthony D’Amato, UMN Department of Forest Resources


NE CSC e-Newsletters

Historic Jamestown: Assessing the Climate Change Impacts on North America’s First European Settlement

Friday, September 16, 2016
Harsh winters, such as this painting (by Sidney King) of the 1607-1608 winter, challenged the survival of the early colonists at Jamestown (Image credit: NPS/COLO).

NE CSC climate scientist and postdoctoral fellow, Alex Bryan, assisted Colonial National Historic Park with identifying the climate stressors most relevant to preserving the Park's historic resources, and provided a suitable set of climate model projections to aid in adaptation planning.  

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New Interactive Tool Looking at Rising Temps in Midwestern Lakes

Friday, September 16, 2016
Explore the interactive web tool "Shifts in fish habitat under climate change"

A NE-CSC funded decision-support tool and interactive website, Shifts in fish habitat under climate change, visually demonstrates new data on lake temperature changes and consequential effects on walleye and largemouth bass populations in Wisconsin. 

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New Study Points to Sharp Decline in Sub-Freezing Days

Friday, September 16, 2016
Change in the frequency of freezing days across North America, derived from air temperature from the NARCCAP models and the WATCH Forcing Data set. Darker areas are projected to experience the greatest declines in freezing day frequency, as modeled by climate scientists at UMass Amherst and elsewhere.

Michael Rawlins, Affiliated Investigator with NE CSC and Manager of the Climate Systems Research Center (CSRC) at UMass, Amherst, with Raymond Bradley, NE CSC's Principal Investigator and Director of the CSRC, have released a study showing a projected decline in the number of days that drop below freezing across North America.  

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Announcing the Fall 2016 Webinar Series

Thursday, September 1, 2016

This fall the NE CSC presents a six-seminar series highlighting the research from our funded projects, with Rob DeConto of UMass Amherst as our featured speaker. Come check it out in person or tune in remotely!

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Great Lakes Adaptation Forum: A Network of Networks

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Photo: T Bonnot

The 2016 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum will take place October 5-7, 2016, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) and the NE CSC.

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Early Career Climate Forum Blog on Communicating Under Comic Pressure

Monday, August 29, 2016

NE CSC's Toni Lyn Morelli was put to the test to convey the importance of her reserach in a unique setting:  A stand-up comedy show!  Paula Poundstone visited Northampton, Massachusetts, where she asked Toni Lyn to explain what she does for a living before a sold-out crowd.

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Climate Change and the Conservation of Freshwater Species

Monday, August 22, 2016
Baby freshwater mussel reared for restoration

NE CSC’s Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger is part of a new initiative to assess the status and develop cooperative conservation and adaptation strategies for threatened freshwater mussels in the Northeast.  

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Summer Youth Outreach: NE CSC's Toni Lyn Morelli Works with Girls, Inc.

Monday, August 22, 2016
Toni Lyn Morelli speaking with girls about wildlife and climate change.  Photo: Susannah Lerman, USFS

This summer, NE CSC Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli and US Forest Service Research Ecologist Susannah Lerman, both UMass Adjunct Assistant Professors, worked with a a group of middle school girls for two days in an activity to band songbirds and talk about the effects of climate change on urban wildlife.

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