NECSC News

New tool visualizes phenological changes occurring at Acadia National Park (and beyond)

Monday, July 13, 2015

NE CSC PI Curt Griffin is involved in a project that is releasing a website called “Whenology”.  The website is the only one of its kind to combine the multiple datasets needed to understand the effects of climate change on fall migration of birds. Users accessing the site will see recent trends in temperature, “brown-down” (i.e. when plant productivity starts declining as summer transitions to winter), and the timing of fall migration.

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NE CSC Releases Report to Help State Wildlife Managers in the Northeast and Midwest Alleviate Impacts of Climate Change on Species and Ecosystems

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Department of the Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest United States

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RE-launch of the Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) website and listserv

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This week an expanded and redesigned Early Career Climate Forum(ECCF) will be launched as part of the Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) funded project “Early Career Climate Communications and Networking”.

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Communications and Outreach Job Opportunity with the NE CSC

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Northeast Climate Science Center is seeking applicants for a full time Communications and Outreach Manager located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The individual selected for this position will be responsible for organizing outreach in line with the mission of the NE CSC as well as coordinating and executing the major elements of our Communications and Outreach Plan.

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New Climate Science intern at College of Menominee Nation

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wendy Dorman is a zoologist and ornithologist with an MS in biology from Winthrop University. She is currently working on a second MS in Geographic Information Science at Eastern Michigan University.

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NE CSC Avian Ecologists Combine Bird Survey Data to Identify Vulnerable Boreal Species

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Continent-wide bird surveys play an important role in conservation, says avian ecologist and NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow Joel Ralston at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, but they can miss rare or isolated species whose habitat is off the beaten path, such as at high elevation or in a dense bog. Now Ralston and colleagues report for the first time how combining data from several local point counts offers a new picture of how birds in hard-to-reach habitats are faring.

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Register now! Training: Climate Science Communication

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Calling all scientists who are interested in improving their climate science communication skills!  Please join us for a half-day training on “Communicating Climate Science” at UMass Amherst on June 15th, 2015.  The training, led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and co-sponsored by the Northeast Climate Science Center and the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, will focus on

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Fellow Highlight: Jack Pine Forest Dynamics and Climate Adaptation in the Upper Great Lakes Region

Monday, May 4, 2015

Jack pine forests are ecologically and economically critical in the upper Great Lakes region and regeneration of these forests has been increasingly challenging in range margin populations due to drought, land conversion to agriculture, and other stressors.

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Fellow Highlight: Understanding Climate Projections: Guidance for Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Learn about our new project, Climate Assessments and Scenario Planning, led by NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Alex Bryan.  Got a question about climate information?  Give Alex a call!

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Massachusetts Communities: Please Take this Survey!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Are you worried about the impacts of climate change on the wildlife, natural resources or infrastructure you care about ?  Do you feel overwhelmed by the information available but still not sure what local actions you can take to help prepare for the changes ahead?

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Dynamic Dead Zones Alter Fish Catches in Lake Erie

Monday, April 20, 2015

New research shows that Lake Erie’s dead zones are actually quite active, greatly affecting fish distributions, catch rates and the effectiveness of fishing gear.  

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A Complex Landscape has both Vulnerabilities and Resilience to Climate Change

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A new report on the vulnerability of Central Appalachian forests is now available online, co-authored by NE CSC PI Frank Thompson:  "Central Appalachians forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Central Appalachians Climate Change Response Framework project."

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NE CSC Fellow Speaks to Forest Managers in West Virginia

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

NE CSC postdoctoral fellow, Alex Bryan, presented to state forest managers at the Climate Change and West Virginia's Forests adaptation workshop at West Virginia University on April 14. Topics included projected climate changes for West Virginia and guidelines for using climate models in forest management.

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Storm model brings climate preparations to local decision-makers

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How society should respond to climate change may be a global-scale debate, but NE CSC PI Kenneth Potter and Affiliate Investigator David S. Liebl know that preparing for climate change’s impact on weather is a profoundly local problem.

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New Project Flyer: TranStorm Tool

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Check out this new flyer for the TranStorm Tool, led by NE CSC PI Ken Potter.  The tool allows communities to identify vulnerability to high runnoff flows and flodding from extreme rainfall events, before damage occurs.

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NE CSC Co-PIs Palmer and Bradley visit MA State House

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On March 25th, Drs. Richard Palmer and Ray Bradley of UMass Amherst visited the Massachusetts State House for a Forum on Climate Change & Resiliency.  They were invited as part of a team of UMass system climate researchers

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TranStorm Tool Featured on US Climate Resilience Toolkit

Friday, March 20, 2015

An extreme precipitation event in 2008 cost one town more than a million dollars in infrastructure repairs. Now, other municipalities can simulate how their homes, businesses, and facilities might fare if they experienced a similar event.

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Fellow Highlight: Designing Sustainable Landscapes in Partnership with Stakeholders

Friday, March 20, 2015

With the inevitability of climate change and an evolving public perspective on its severity, it is reassuring to see scientists providing critical information to aid decision makers. Usually there are two major roadblocks obstructing the scientific community’s impact

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Newest intern at College of Menominee Nation

Friday, March 13, 2015

The College of Menominee Nation's Sustainable Development Institute has engaged an undergraduate intern to assist with NE CSC-funded project, "Collaboration in Action: Using the Menominee Model of Sustainability to Assess, Plan, and Build Capactiy for Tribal Communities

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Making Decisions in Complex Landscapes: Deerfield Headwater Stream Workshop

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sipping coffee while meeting participants trickled in just before the Deerfield Headwater Stream Workshop, postdoctoral researcher Rachel Katz explained that the workshop is a “proactive approach” to making management decisions, as compared to the usual reactive management approaches following events or disasters.

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Evaluating the Coastal Landscape Response to Sea-Level Rise

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

For a project partly funded by the NE CSC, a USGS and Columbia University team recently completed their study evaluating the effects of sea-level rise on the northeastern U.S.

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New Publication Features Climate Science Centers and Adaptation Strategies

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

As the climate warms and other global changes progress, species move outside their historical ranges, new ecological communities form and ecosystems transition to new states. To cope, conservation organizations will need to adapt.

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2014 Annual Report Now Available!

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Northeast Climate Science Center is proud to present its Annual Report.  Research activities and accomplishments are highlighted for a variety of events and projects held over the last year.  Featured events include: the Shifting Seasons Building Capacity for Tribal

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Building Bridges Between Tribes and Climate Scientists

Friday, February 20, 2015

In January and February 2015, NE CSC PI Chris Caldwell and NE CSC Graduate Fellow Marie Schaefer from the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) at the College of Menominee Nation have been visiting a number of Tribes in the Northeast region to discuss issues facing the Tribes regarding climate change and connect them to the resources of the NE CSC.

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Scientists Work to Understand Conservation Decision Making in the Face of Sea-Level Rise

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What happens to the value of coastal habitat and wildlife as shorelines continue to be lost to rising sea levels and increasingly frequent extreme weather events? This question is particularly important for coastal National Wildlife Refuge managers serving on the front line of global change impacts

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