NECSC News

Early Career Climate Forum Seeks Input

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) wants to hear from you! We are interested in hearing your thoughts about the ECCF and the various ECCF platforms you interact with, so we can provide our community with an even better experience and access to climate-related resources and insights.

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Project Completed: A Decision Support Mapper for Conserving Stream Fish Habitats of the NE CSC Region

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
White suckers. Photo: Evan Childress

Final report is now available: A decision support mapper for conserving stream fish habitats of the Northeast Climate Science Center region.  PI: Craig Paukert, USGS Missouri Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.

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2016 Annual Report Now Available!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Northeast Climate Science Center is proud to present its 2016 annual report.  People, events, research activities, and projects are highlighted.  

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New Publication: Mapping Meadows of Climate “Refugia” in the Sierra Nevada

Monday, May 8, 2017

Natural areas that are expected to remain similar in the future to what they are today, despite changing temperature and precipitation patterns, are called climate “refugia” and are important for the conservation of many wildlife species.

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NE CSC Receives Adaptation Awards at National Adaptation Forum

Monday, May 8, 2017

Two awards were presented to NE CSC staff and researchers at this month’s National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

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Two Positions Open: Tribal Climate Science Liaisons

Monday, April 10, 2017

One position will be based at the NE CSC host institution UMass Amherst and cover both the eastern part of  NE CSC and the SE CSC regions.  The Midwest liaison will be stationed at the USFS Northern Research Station on University of Minnesota campus an serve the Midwest area of the NE CSC region.

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NE CSC Graduate Fellow Nigel Golden on Communicating Science

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nigel Golden, Ph.D. student at UMass Amherst, posted a blog to the Early Career Climate Forum about recent insights in communicating his science to a variety of audiences. He writes that the way you communicate can mean the difference between alienating (pun intended) your listener or gaining their support.

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Contributions to the State Wildlife Action Planning Efforts in the Northeast

Friday, March 24, 2017

NE CSC Science Coordinator Michelle Staudinger and Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli attended the Northeast State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinators Meeting in Amherst, MA on March 21.

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Traditional Ecological Knowledge Symposium

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Co-sponsored by the NE CSC consortium institution, College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute, April 6-8 on the UMass Amherst and Amherst College campuses.  

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Announcing the Spring 2017 Talks from NE CSC

Thursday, January 26, 2017

From February to April, we will host talks by researchers and resource managers who have increased our understanding of the impact climate change will have on natural and cultural resources and how to improve decision making and adaptation planning. 

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What a Historical Investigation Can Tell Us About Human Resiliency Today

Thursday, January 19, 2017

A new paper by scientists at the NE CSC and colleagues describe how human response to a climatic event 200 years ago set in motion a profound shift in fishing practices and consumption in the Northeast.  

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New Study Looks at Timing and Consequences of Reaching 2°C

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Northeast is expected to reach 2°C (3.6°F) sooner than most and therefore experience dryer summers and warmer, wetter winters.

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Save the Date: NE CSC Regional Science Meeting May 15-17, 2017

Thursday, December 15, 2016

NE CSC's Regional Science Meeting:  Incorporating Climate Science in the Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Midwest and Northeast    

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NE CSC Welcomes Olivia LeDee as Deputy Director

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Olivia LeDee is joining us as the Deputy Director of the NE CSC based in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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Climate Change Postdoctoral Research Positions with the NE CSC

Friday, December 9, 2016

The UMass Amherst Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and The Ecosystem Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory are seeking post-docs to advance our understanding of the impacts climate change will have on natural systems. 

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Updates on Two Network-Wide Initiatives: Climate Refugia and Invasive Species

Friday, December 9, 2016
Toni Lyn Morelli speaking at the Vermont Monitoring Cooperative meeting.  Photo: VMC

NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist with the USGS continues to advance network-wide work to improve adaptive capacity of species and ecological systems in the face of climate change.  

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New Resource for Decision Makers in Forest Management

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Anthony D'Amato, NE CSC Principal Investigator, Paul Catanzaro of UMass, Amherst, and Emily Silver Huff with the USDA Forest Service have created a guide for land owners and forest managers to improve the way we adapt to a changing climate.  The publication "Increasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain Future" was written for forest decision makers in New England who are taking action to increase resiliency of our northern forests.

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Final Report Now Available: Climate Change Effects on Food Webs in the Great Lakes

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Rachel Wirick holding a Yellow Perch. Photo: R Kraus, USGS

In the recently completed Northeast Climate Science Center project, "Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes", Richard Kraus (USGS Lake Erie Biological Station) and partners addressed regional climate change effects on aquatic food webs in the Great Lakes.

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National CSC Training Brings 70 Students and Early Career Professionals Together

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Virginia Burkett, Associate Director of Climte and Land Use at USGS, Alison Meadow, Staff Scientist - Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, and Ezra Markowitz of UMass Amherst were the featured speakers at this event.

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Using Satellites to Examine Invasive Species

Sunday, October 9, 2016

NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Valerie Pasquarella, shows us the extent of this last summer's gypsy moth invasion in New England using novel techniques in satellite imagery.

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Announcing Four New Projects Funded by the NE CSC

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Connecticut River Photo: Abigail Ericson

The Northeast Climate Science Center has awarded just over $1,000,000 to NE CSC consortium institutions, universities and other partners for research to guide managers cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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Drought in the Northeast and Implications for Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

After a year of exceptionally high temperatures and near-record low precipitation, many of us are thinking about drought in the Northeast and Midwest.

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Expanded Collaboration with LCCs for Coastal Resilience

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Coastal Gulf of Maine.  Photo: M Staudinger, NE CSC/ USGS

The NE CSC and the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NA LCC) are embarking on a new collaboration to synthesize information about climate change impacts on coastal habitats and species and to make this information easily accessible to local decision-makers as part of the Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool.

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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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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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