NE CASC News

Visit NE CSC researchers at Upcoming ESA meeting

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

If you are attending the Ecological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Minneapolis this year, August 4-9, be sure to check out some of the sessions and talks that will feature researchers from the NE CSC and other Climate Science Centers!  A few are listed here.

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UMass Magazine: Climate Change Clarified

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The NE CSC is featured in UMass Magazine's summer 2013 issue in an article titled, "Climate Change Clarified".  The article highlights past, present, and future of climate change research at UMass Amherst.  NE CSC Graduate Fellow Lynn Brennan is featured on the cover!

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College of Menominee Nation hosts Forest and Climate Leaders Research Retreat

Thursday, July 18, 2013

"With Memories of capture the flag, jumping from the high dive, and midnight Sun Drop raids, how can we forget the time spent at UW-Madison’s Kemp Research Center? High school students, community members, scientists, undergraduate and graduate students all gathered for the Forest and Climate Leaders Research Retreat in Woodruff, WI from June 21st to June 24th.

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Graduate Fellow Graduates!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Richard Stanton was partially funded by the NECSC to complete his M.S. research and prepare two publications titled “Patch Occupancy By Brown-Headed Nuthatch Along A Range Extension Front Is Not Predicted Solely By Patch Quality”  and “Cost-Sensitive Resource Selection In A Cooperatively-Breeding Resident Bird.” 

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Climate Risk Information released for post-Sandy decisions

Monday, July 15, 2013

NE CSC consortium-member Columbia University released Climate Risk Information (CRI) 2013, in support of New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR), 2013.  The climate analysis and projections presented in CRI are one of the criteria being used to inform multi-billion dollar post-Sandy decisions in New York City.

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New publication: Landscape-based population viability models demonstrate importance of strategic conservation planning for birds

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NE CSC Graduate Fellow Tom Bonnot and co-authors published a recent paper in Biological Conservation.  The authors use landscape-based population viability models to demonstrate the potential for large-scale conservation to restore and sustain regional bird populations.

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A warm welcome to Michelle Staudinger, NE CSC Science Coordinator!

Monday, June 24, 2013

The NE CSC is pleased to welcome Michelle Staudinger to the UMass Amherst office as our new Science Coordinator.  Michelle joined our team after completing a postdoctoral position with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in Reston, VA. 

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Early Career Climate Forum website goes live!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A group of graduate students and early career researchers affiliated with Climate Science Centers around the country recently released a new website and blog called the Early Career Climate Forum. The objective of the effort is to build a national network of early career climate researchers and professionals centered around the Climate Science Centers.

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Training Course: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices - Adaptation in Action (Extended Deadline: July 12!)

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

August 20-21, 2013 - College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, WI
Cost: $45 (includes meals)
Application deadline: July 12

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Arrival of new NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow

Monday, June 17, 2013

Dr. Richard Feldman, a post-doctoral fellow, will be joining the UMass NE CSC team on July 1.  Dr. Feldman’s research will be focused on understanding how best to predict the response of birds to shifts in spatiotemporal variability of the environment. More specifically, he will evaluate the spatial relationships of migratory bird movements throughout the Gulf of Maine

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Science Coordination Meeting between Midwest LCCs and NECSC Consortium

Friday, June 14, 2013

A meeting was held at the University of Wisconsin Madison on May 23rd and attended by coordinators from the Plains and Prairie Potholes, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie LCCs and members of NE CSC Consortium Insitutions, Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin and the College of Menominee Nation.  The objectives of the meeting included

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Great Lakes region Tribes featured on ITEP website

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals website states, "Climate change affects us all, but tribes have been particularly hard-hit by the impacts of atmospheric warming and the myriad changes it brings. It isn't just Alaska Natives who experience these changes; tribal members living close to the land in the lower 48 states are also seeing dramatic changes in the world around them.

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Research Funding Opportunity from Northeast Climate Science Center

Friday, May 31, 2013

The U.S. Department of the Interior Northeast, South Central, and Southwest Climate Science Centers (CSCs) are seeking proposals for FY 2014. Proposals are invited for projects that support CSC science priorities.

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New NE CSC project - paleoclimate data in Northeast lakes

Thursday, May 23, 2013

As part of the continuing collaboration between the NE CSC and the UMass Climate System Research Center, PhD student Greg de Wet will spend the summer working on a project focused on compiling existing paleo-limnological data from lakes throughout the Northeast. Through collaboration with Dr. Deb Willard of the USGS, the goal of this project is to create an editable database of existing chronologies and proxy data. This resource can then be accessed and added to by any paleo-limnologists working in the region.

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NE CSC PI Radley Horton attends several meetings on climate adaptation

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Radley Horton, an NE CSC Principal Investigator, attended several meetings in recent weeks related to climate change adaptation challenges in the Northeast region.  On April 24 he presented at a Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Hearing in DC, and on May 8 he attended a Hurricane Sandy Task Force event and met with John Holdren in NYC.  In mid-May, Radley contributed to a State Department briefing on sea level rise in DC.

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Northeast region Tribes featured on ITEP website

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"Climate change affects us all, but tribes have been particularly hard-hit by the impacts of atmospheric warming and the myriad changes it brings. It isn't just Alaska Natives who experience these changes; tribal members living close to the land in the lower 48 states are also seeing dramatic changes in the world around them.

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Climate Science Center Academic Directors meet in Arlington, VA

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Climate Science Center Academic Directors and their principal colleagues met last week, May 16 and 17, at the Fish & Wildlife Service office in Arlington, VA.  There was a full agenda of discussions on cross-cutting themes, meetings of working groups, and strategic planning for future directions. Although travel restrictions prevented most USGS partners from participating, staff from the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) joined the meeting to discuss both administrative and strategic topics.  A good time was had by all!

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NE CSC Tribal Partner co-hosts 37th Annual National Indian Timber Symposium, “Overcoming Obstacles in Pursuit of Sustainability”

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hosted by the Menominee Indian Tribe and Stockbridge-Munsee Community at the Menominee Casino & Resort in Keshena, WI on June 10 - 13, 2013.  The Intertribal Timber Council coordinates and conducts an Annual National Indian Timber Symposium designed to facilitate communication from the perspective of tribes, the BIA, private industry, legislative bodies, and academia on issues and concerns of current forestry management practices.  Symposium participants produce findings and recommendations, which are submitted to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior and other federal agencies for fo

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NE CSC works with Vermont researchers to improve climate assessments in Lake Champlain region

Friday, May 10, 2013

NE CSC researchers Jonathan Winter and Radley Horton are working with scientists at the University of Vermont to improve downscaling of general circulation model (GCM) data for climate change impacts assessments in the Lake Champlain Basin as part of the VT Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).  This effort investigates the potential for using high-resolution topographic data to further downscale existing bias-corrected and statistically downscaled GCM simulations of temperature and precipitation.  VT EPSCoR scientists and stakeholders will use the resulting datas

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U.S. Shows Rapid Rise of Temps Since First Earth Day, some states warming at twice global rate

Monday, April 22, 2013

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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NE CSC in the News: Forecasting the future of weather

Saturday, April 20, 2013

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.

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NE CSC hosted the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Team April 18th

Friday, April 19, 2013

"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.

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NE CSC Program Manager presents at the Northeast Natural History Conference

Monday, April 15, 2013

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.

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Consortium institutions celebrate Earth Day

Monday, April 15, 2013

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.

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NECSC Researcher Participates in 2013 Climate Science Day

Monday, April 1, 2013

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 Committee on A

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