We, the Northeast Climate Consortium, provide 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.
The Northeast Climate Science Center recently produced its 2012 Annual Report, the first since the CSC was established in March 2012. The document details the research capacity of the NE CSC Consortium, highlights several projects and research areas, and sets out the Priority Science Themes established through stakeholder feedback during the CSC's first year of...
2012 was an important year for climate in the Northeast US. Many records were set for average warmth, earliest spring, lowest Great Lakes water levels, and warmest sea surface temperatures off the Northeast Shelf. Read more about 2012 climate trends in these links.
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 credit: W. Andrew Cox, University of Missouri-Columbia)
Adapting to our changing climate presents a wide range of challenges and opportunities. In Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) was created to assess vulnerabilities and identify adaptation strategies for all aspects of the natural and built environment. (Photo credit: USFWS.)
Significant environmental factors that affect the structure and function of estuarine and marine systems include temperature, sea-level rise, the availability of water and associated nutrients from precipitation and runoff from land, wind patterns, and storminess. (Photo credit: USFWS.)
Sediment clogged the Connecticut River following Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011, dumping eroded soil into Long Island Sound. The storm caused $7-$10 billion in damage and was responsible for considerable crop and livestock loss. (Photo credit: NASA, 2011.)
American Indian Tribes have continuously adapted to changing climates, culturally, physically, and politically, for thousands of years by adapting their lifestyles and cultural practices. The August 2011 Climate Change Summit in Kashena, WI provided a forum to share climate change projections and experiences and begin discussing a climate change research agenda for...
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 around the globe. Experimentally girdled black ash swamp within the Chippewa National Forest, MN. Treatments are being used to anticipate the impacts of...
Tropical Storm Irene brought floods to many parts of New England. Here the muddy Deerfield River rages through Shelburne Falls, MA. (Photo Credit: Jon Elder Robison, 2011.)
During our January 2013 NE CSC Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning Meetings, we asked our stakeholders, "In five words or less describe the most important climate science need for the geographic region covered by the NECSC"...
The College of Menominee Nation has been researching Menominee perspectives on climate change through a series of interviews with tribal members. The interviews are presented in a video titled Through Tribal Eyes. The interviews are also being analyzed for peer-reviewed publication by USFS research scientists through the College of Menominee Nation & US Forest Service...
This all day meeting highlighting on-going stream temperature research in the Northeast is hosted by the FWS North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, EPA Region 1 and USGS NE Climate Science Center and the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center. Read more »
NE CSC Fellow Thomas Bonnot at the University of Missouri is featured in a story on Mid-Missouri Public Radio for his work developing models that predict how climate change will effect forests and wildlife. Read more »
In his talk, the Senator will focus on Massachusetts’ status as a leader on green policies and clean energy practices, as well as plans for future climate legislation. Read more »
NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded nearly $3 million in new cooperative agreements to four Tribal Colleges and Universities across the US to enhance learning through the use of the agency’s Earth science resources. Read more »
NE CSC Principal Investigator Ken Potter and colleagues are using “storm transposition” to evaluate the vulnerability of communities to the kinds of flood risk that are likely to increase due to climate change. Read more »
AMHERST, Mass. – In the largest regional study of its type to date, marine ecologist and NE CSC Science Coordinator Michelle Staudinger and colleagues offer better understanding of the feeding ecologies of two very rare sperm whale species in waters off the southeast U.S. coast, adding baseline data they say are important as climate change, fishing and pollution alters the animals’ environment and food sources. Read more »