New publication: Effects of forest thinning on drought vulnerability and climate response

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This new paper, supported in part by the NE CSC, examines the effectiveness of forest thinning treatments at reducing the impacts of drought events on red pine forest ecosystems in the upper Great Lakes region. 

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Student creates website about the NE CSC

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

UMass Amherst Journalism major, Despina Durand, featured the Northeast Climate Science Center community for a multimedia project this semester.  The project is contained on a website called, "Facing the Future", and includes two video interviews

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Fellows present at AGU!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Several of our NE CSC Fellows are traveling to San Francisco this week to participate in the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.  There will be a variety of NE CSC presentations on climate modeling, ecosystems, and natural resources across the Northeast region.  If you're at AGU this week, stop by and say hi!

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New publication: Effects of temperature on nest predation

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Nest predation can be the largest source of mortality for many bird populations, and nest predation is great enough in many landscapes to limit population or cause population declines.

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New publication: Effects of sea-level rise on barrier island groundwater system dynamics - ecohydrological implications

Friday, November 15, 2013

This new paper, supported in part by the NE CSC, examines the impacts of SLR on groundwater and vegetation on barrier islands, demonstrating the interdependence of groundwater response to island morphology. 

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Special Issue in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment focuses on climate change impacts on ecological systems

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A national assessment of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services will be the focus of an open-access Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment to be released in November, 2013

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Rising from the Ashes: What happens when the trees disappear from the forest?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Chippewa National Forest—Scan the horizon of this vast, open swamp and forest land and you’ll see black ash trees. Millions and millions of black ash, and not much else.

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Workshop: Adaptive Management

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

NE CSC PI Tony D'Amato co-lead a workshop on “Adaptive Management in the Face of Climate Change” for University of Minnesota, Sustainable Forestry Education Cooperative on October 28, 2013.  Conference attendees included federal, county, state, and private foresters from Minnesota, as well as Extension Educators from Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

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Perspective From the Program Manager

Monday, October 28, 2013

As you probably know, just before the government shutdown the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the first of three volumes of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

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Meeting on climate change and NYC water supply

Sunday, October 27, 2013

New York State's Division of Watershed Water Quality Science and Research in the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation convened a meeting of scientists to review the “Climate Change Integrated Modeling Project – Phase I:  Assessment of Impacts on the New York City Water Supply.”  The meeting was held on September 18-19, at the Ashokan Center, near one of the major NYC water supply reservoirs, the Ashokan Reservoir.   NE CSC University Director, Richard Palmer, and Dr. Radley Horton, PI of the NE CSC at Columbia University attended the meeting.  

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Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) Fellows hone skills to address the science needs of natural resource managers

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The first annual NE CSC Fellows Retreat will be held near Plum Island, off the North Shore coast of Massachusetts, during the week of October 28th, 2013.  Sixteen Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows will learn about climate challenges to coastal and salt marsh habitats and will meet with federal and state managers, including stakeholders from the nearby Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the State of MA Coastal Zone Management office, and Division of Ecological Restoration.  NE CSC Consortium leaders and staff will facilitate interactive exercises in which Fellows will practice science co

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Impacts from climate change on Indigenous Communities takes center stage in Special Issue of Climatic Change Journal

Friday, October 18, 2013

The impacts of climate change on tribal natural and cultural resources are taking center stage in a newly released Special Issue of the journal Climatic Change[1] (Vol. 20, Issue 3). Released on-line on September 15, 2013, this is the first time a peer-reviewed scientific journal has exclusively devoted an entire edition to climate change and its impacts on indigenous communities across the United States.

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Recent forest management seminars

Monday, October 14, 2013

NE CSC Consortium lead, Tony D'Amato, presented  “Adaptive silviculture and site level considerations for northern hardwoods” at the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters State Conference in Minocqua, WI on September 17.  The conference attendees included federal, county, state, and private foresters from Wisconsin and Michigan.  D'Amato also presented “Examining management options and impacts for black ash forests threatened by EAB” at the North Central Forest Pest Workshop in Frontenac, MN on September 24.  Conference attendees included forest health specialists and resource managers fr

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UMass Soils Conference - Climate trends and adaptation session

Friday, October 11, 2013

NE CSC Federal Director, Dr. Mary Ratnaswamy, will present at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation's East Coast conference on "Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy" on October 23rd, 2013 at UMass Amherst.  The session is titled, "Climate Change Trends and Adaptation".

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Three of the World’s Most Distinguished Climate Scientists to Receive Honorary Degrees from UMass Amherst

Thursday, October 10, 2013

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst will confer honorary degrees on three of the world’s leading climate scientists and the Geosciences Department will unveil a lush new display of minerals in Morrill Hall as part of its Climate Science Symposium and Convocation on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19.

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New project works with tribes to build adaptive capacity

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New grant awarded to NE CSC Consortium Insitution College of Menominee Nation through the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA) to work with regional tribes in the Upper Great Lakes region in developing climate change adaptation planning scenarios. 

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Adaptive management workshop for sustainable forestry

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

NE CSC Consortium member, Tony D'Amato, led a workshop for the Sustainable Forestry Education Cooperative on August 21.  The workshop focused on adaptive management for lowland black ash forests in the upper Lake States region. Tour participants included field staff for the Superior National Forest, Minnesota DNR, County Land Departments, and private forest landowners.

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New Webinar Series, "Extreme Events and Climate Change: Adapting to an uncertain future"

Monday, September 2, 2013

The NE CSC introduces the first webinars in a new series for the 2013-2014 academic year focusing on extreme events and climate change adaptation.  Here in the Northeast region, extreme events are a critical concern for managers in charge of safeguarding important resources. 

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Graduate Fellows participate in Structured Decision Making (SDM) course

Thursday, August 29, 2013

From Lynn Brennan, NE CSC Graduate Fellow:     "Thanks to funding provided by the Southeast and Northeast Climate Science Centers, I was able to spend the week of August 19th at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia participating in a Structured Decision Making (SDM) course.

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Natural Resource Professionals use Hands-on Training to Tackle Climate Change Adaptation

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN), in partnership with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS – a division of the Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service), hosted a one-and-a-half day workshop on the CMN campus on August 20-21.  Forest and natural resource managers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service Northeastern Area, and multiple tribes participated in the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices (FAPP) training.

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Experimental Forest Monitoring for Climate Change

Monday, August 26, 2013

 A new collaborative project is capitalizing on Forest Service long-term silvicultural research to show how climate change adaptation can be integrated into silvicultural planning and actions. 

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Wading through the science: New resource library now availble for natural resources managers relating water quality, agriculture and climate change science

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Funded by the NE CSC in 2012, the first stakeholder-directed research project is completed.  Researchers with U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Centers in Iowa, Kansas and Massachusetts collaborated to conduct a comprehensive literature search of both published and ongoing research (2000-present) that sheds light on the interactions between climate change, agriculture and water quality across the combined geographies of the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC and neighboring Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC.

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NE CSC 2012 Annual Report now available

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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

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LCC/NE CSC Science Coordination Call

Friday, August 9, 2013

On August 8th, the NE CSC hosted the first Monthly LCC-CSC Coordination Call. The purpose of this call was to have an open discussion on joint CSC-LCC science priorities, and the potential role of the NE CSC in pairing the expertise of our Consortium members and institutions with the LCCs to address outstanding science questions. 

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MBL hosts Senator Warren for a discussion on sea level rise and nitrogen pollution

Monday, August 5, 2013

NE CSC Consortium Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory hosted Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday August 2nd.  She toured the Ecosystems Center, where Center Director Chris Neill and Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo briefed her on environmental and global change research. Melillo discussed the comprehensive effort by the U.S.

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