Great Lakes community defined by ice ponders life without it

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Story by: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter; ClimateWire:

For decades, winter visitors to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Wisconsin's rugged Lake Superior coast have marveled at the artistry that happens when water, waves and subfreezing temperatures converge, creating natural ice sculptures as artful as glassworks.

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SE CSC workshop: Communicating and Using Uncertain Information in Conservation Decision Making

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The earth is continually changing and more so now with climate change. We don’t know with complete certainty how managed and sometimes unmanaged systems will respond under climate change. In spite of the changes and the associated uncertainties, especially precise ones, natural resource decision makers still need to make decisions into the future.

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Student Opportunity: NE CSC project seeks Graduate Research Assistant

Thursday, February 21, 2013

NE CSC Project Investigator, Brian Irwin, seeks a qualified Graduate Research Assistant to join a project focused on analysis of fish population data from the Great Lakes basin. Research will explore how spatial and temporal variation in fish populations may respond to climate change and other important drivers and will examine implications of changing variance structure for monitoring programs.

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Thank you NE CSC Stakeholder Meeting participants!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The NE CSC sends a warm thank you to all who participated in the NE CSC's first two Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning meetings.  Both meetings attracted a broad and diverse array of more than 150 natural resource management stakeholders from federal institutions such as US Fish & Wildlife, US EPA, and NOAA to municipal leaders, non-governmental organizations, and tribal representatives.  The meetings were structured around paired presentations from both Consortium scientists and representative stakeholders according to our seven science themes, all related to climate change adap

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Modeling Climate Science - Forecasting future climates for the Northeast Region

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Since Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed UMass Amherst host to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC), local ecologists, conservation biologist, engineers, and climate scientists have busily aligned projects and data sets to get the largest of these national centers up and running.

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New paper in Global Change Biology from NE CSC post doc and investigator

Friday, February 8, 2013

Title:  Temperature can interact with landscape factors to affect songbird productivity.  Abstract:  Increased temperatures and more extreme weather patterns associated with global climate change can interact with other factors that regulate animal populations, but many climate change studies do not incorporate other threats to wildlife in their analyses.

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Climate Science Center Tackles the Big Job of Climate Change

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The new campus-based Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC), part of a federal network of eight such Climate Science Centers, is hard at work meeting the considerable challenges of climate change in our region. The NE CSC, in operation for less than a year after being created witha $7.5-million federal grant from the Department of Interior, has selected its first director, Mary Ratnaswamy, is developing a sweeping Strategic Science Agenda to determine the research goals and priorities of the NE CSC, and is already deeply involved in critical research projects.

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Research Funding Opportunity from Northeast Climate Science Center

Friday, January 11, 2013

Funding opportunities are now available from the eight U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014. Proposals are invited for projects that support CSC science priorities. Eligible applicants are principal investigators from the USGS, CSCs, or university consortium partners of the CSCs. Other interested parties (federal, tribal, state, and others) are encouraged to collaborate with eligible applicants. The deadline for submission of a Statement of Interest for a science project is February 1, 2013.

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Upcoming NE CSC Stakeholder Meetings

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC)

Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning Meeting

January 9-10 – UMass, Amherst

January 17-18  – UMN, St. Paul


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UMass Amherst Climate Modelers See Possible Warmer, Wetter Northeast Winters by 2070

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

NE CSC Investigator in Journal of Geophysical Research:  AMHERST, Mass. – A new high-resolution climate study by University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists, the first to apply regional climate models to examine likely near-term changes in temperature and precipitation across the Northeast United States, suggests temperatures are going to be significantly warmer in all seasons in the next 30 years, especially in winter.

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Hurricane Sandy

Friday, November 9, 2012

As the Northeast Climate Consortium, we extend our deepest sympathy and concern to those across the United States that were negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Across the region serviced by the Northeast Climate Science Center, this extreme weather event has uprooted communities, disrupted livelihoods, and left death and destruction in its wake.  Hurricane Sandy, with its impact stretching across the northeast, midwest, and beyond, is exactly the type of incident for which the NECSC was established.

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New Nature paper from NE CSC principal investigator

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Title:  Coastal eutrophication as a driver of salt marsh loss     Abstract:  Salt marshes are highly productive coastal wetlands that provide important ecosystem services such as storm protection for coastal cities, nutrient removal and carbon sequestration. Despite protective measures, however, worldwide losses of these ecosystems have accelerated in recent decades(1). Here we present data from a nine-year whole-ecosystem nutrient-enrichment experiment. Our study demonstrates that nutrient enrichment, a global problem for coastal ecosystems(2-4), can be a driver of salt marsh loss.

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Secretary Salazar Announces Climate Science Funding

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced funding of more than $10 million awarded by Interior's regional Climate Science Centers to universities or other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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Northeast Climate Science Center Director Announced

Thursday, August 16, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. -- Mary Ratnaswamy has been selected as the director of the Department of the Interior's Northeast Climate Science Center, headquartered at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Ratnaswamy will be the first permanent director of the center, which is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers recently established and managed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Postdoctoral Position: Research Fellow in Regional Climate Modeling/Statistical Downscaling

Thursday, July 12, 2012

***This position has been filled***

We seek a regional climate modeling/statistical downscaling specialist, to examine present and future climate scenarios for the northeastern United States. 

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Postdoctoral Position: Surface Water Hydrology, Hydro-Climatology, and Climate Change Impacts

Thursday, May 31, 2012

***This position has been filled***

A postdoctoral or more senior research position in surface water hydrology, hydro-climatology, and climate change impacts is available in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

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New Position: NECSC Program Manager

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

***This position has been filled***

Applications are being accepted for the position of Program Manager (Senior Research Fellow or Postdoctoral Fellow Level) for the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC).

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Funding Opportunity: NECSC Pre-Proposal Guidance

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The attached is guidance for the development of pre-proposals and preliminary guidance for full proposals for the first round of science projects to be sponsored by the NE CSC. This process is a prototype for the proposal process, which in the future will be guided by the NECSC Advisory Council and by the NE CSC Strategic Plan, once those structures and documents are in place.

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Job Opportunity: Apply to be the Director of the Northeast CSC

Friday, March 9, 2012

Are you a Biologist, or Ecologist, or Physical Scientist, interested in working in collaboration with other scientists in the program development of a ground-breaking approach to scientific research on the impact climate has on fish, wildlife, habitats & cultural resources? Are you a dynamic speaker who can easily understand and explain scientific research findings to individuals with varying degrees of scientific knowledge and education?

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Secretary Salazar Names University of Massachusetts-Amherst to Host Northeast Climate Science Center

Friday, October 7, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the selection of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to host the Department of the Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center. He also announced the University of Oklahoma to host the South Central Climate Science Center, and the University of Hawaii-Manoa to host the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center.

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