The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center works with natural and cultural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest regions to apply future climate scenarios to decision making and co-produce information, and tools for climate change adaptation.

 

UMass Amherst Master's student Keenan Yakola has been working to understand the impacts climate change will have on nesting seabirds in the Gulf of Maine.  He recently was awarded Best Student Paper at the Pacific Seabird Group annual meeting.

Photo: Earl Johnson

NE CASC Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows assembled in the north woods of New Hampshire to learn about climate science, co-production and building multi-disciplinary research relationships.

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (note our new name!) is proud to present its 2017 annual report.  Recent projects, events, research activities, and Fellow’s work are highlighted.  

NE CASC Postdoctoral Research Fellow Madeline Magee studies how Wisconsin lakes are changing under the effects of climate change and land use. After receiving her Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison, she continued her works as a postdoctoral research...

NE CSC's Regional Science Meeting:  Incorporating Climate Science in the Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Midwest and Northeast took place May 15-17, 2017 on the UMass Amherst Campus.    Click READ MORE for the proceedings. 

Photo: Toni Klemm

Katie Booras is a Northeast Climate Science Center graduate fellow who recieved a 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 CASC 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 NE CASC’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

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UMass team hosts NE CASC for another 5 years!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is pleased to announce that a consortium of universities, led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been chosen to host the NE CASC for a 5-year cycle!  Following our previous seven successful years, the center is funded until 2024.  We look forward to continuing to provide our expertise to address the region's most pressing climate adaptation challenges for natural and cultural resource managers.

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College of Menominee Nation Continues Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshop Series

Monday, November 25, 2019
Group photo of participants in Keshena Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshop

The College of Menominee Nation, an NE CASC consortium institution, recently partnered with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) to host the fourth in a series of Tribal Adaptation Menu Workshops that commenced in early 2019 and will continue throughout 2020. These events have been organized to help Tribal natural resource managers identify priorities, challenges, and areas of concern as they create action plans for adaptation and resilience. 

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New Publication: Incorporating Climate Change into Invasive Species Management--Insights from Managers

Sunday, November 24, 2019
Emerald Ash Borer

Interactions between invasive species and climate change present new challenges for resource management. Prior to a new study by NE CASC fellow Evelyn Beaury and her collaborators, however, it was unclear what the common concerns, strategies, limitations, and research needs were for managing invasive species in a changing climate.

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NE CASC Contributes to Gulf of Maine 2050 Symposium

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The Gulf of Maine 2050 International Symposium took place November 4-8 in Portland, Maine. Sponsored by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and its partner organizations, the meeting succeeded in bringing together environmental, economic, social and institutional perspectives on climate resilience in the Gulf of Maine. NE CASC researchers contributed to several aspects of the program, which featured more than 50 presentations, workshops, and panel discussions. 

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CASC Network Job Openings: Two Research Positions Available

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Members of the NE CASC

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is delighted to announce the availability of two research positions that will play a key role in advancing the CASC network's mission—the cultivation of information and tools that facilitate climate adaptation for natural and cultural resource management. The CASC network provides an engaging work environment that is highlighted by a vibrant, collegial, and collaborative community of students, faculty, and staff. Interested researchers are enthusiastically invited to apply after reviewing the position descriptions.

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New Publication: Developing a Decision-Support Process for Landscape Conservation Design

Thursday, October 31, 2019

NE CASC PIs Thomas Bonnot and Frank Thompson have worked with a wide range of partners to complete a new report that facilitates planning for sustainable landscapes. Their publication, Developing a decision-support process for landscape conservation design, accomplishes this goal by integrating dynamic-landscape metapopulation models (DLMPS) and structured decision making (SDM).

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New Publication: Forest Carbon--An Essential Natural Solution for Climate Change

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Cover Image of Forest Carbon Publication

NE CASC PI and University of Vermont faculty member Anthony D'Amato collaborated with Paul Catanzaro, a colleague at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on the recently released publication, Forest Carbon: An Essential Natural Solution for Climate Change. This guide was developed to help woodland owners and managers consider how their forest management strategy affects the carbon within their forest and thus the forest’s ability to mitigate climate change.

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Project Completed: Assessing Species Vulnerability to Climate Change

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Brook Trout

A team led by Benjamin Letcher has released the final report for the recently completed NE CASC project Does Variation in Life History and Evolutionary Response Affect Species Vulnerability to Climate Change? Implications for Management.

This project provides a new understanding of how vulnerable species may adapt to climate change, which poses a variety of threats to biodiversity.

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