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.
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.)
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...
In commemoration of Earth Day, 2013, Climate Central has created an interactive graphic that shows a state-by-state analysis of temperature trends since the first Earth Day took place in 1970. That occasion marked a significant change in America’s environmental consciousness, and led to the creation of, among other things, the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.
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When it comes to climate change, University of Massachusetts researchers are always looking forward, but they’re also looking back. Way back.
“We have some people looking at warming that happened 30 million years ago,” says Michael Rawlins, an associate professor of geosciences and the director of the university’s Climate System Research Center in Amherst. Read more »
"Massachusetts Climate Solutions: Turning research into action for the future" - Climate & Energy poster session and presentation from the MA Global Warming Solutions Team at UMass Amherst on April 18th, 2013. This event is part of the UMass Earth Day Celebration. Read more »
Northeast Climate Science Center Consortium Institutions are holding a variety of events in honor of Earth Day 2013. Check out an event in your area. Read more »
NE CSC Program Manager, Toni Lyn Morelli presented "The Northeast Climate Science Center: Improving the Way Climate Science Informs Resource Management", initial findings from NE CSC projects, at the Northeast Natural History Conference in Springfield MA. Read more »
Jonathan Winter, an NECSC researcher working at Columbia University, participated in Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill this past February as part of the Tri-Societies (Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science) and New York State groups. He spoke with staffers from congressional districts throughout New York, focusing on a range a potential climate change impacts from heat stress on dairy cattle in Central New York to wine grape production in the Finger Lakes to sea level rise around Staten Island. Jonathan also met with staffers from the House Agriculture Committee and Senate Comm Read more »