NECSC News

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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UMGL LCC Forest Focal Area Work Group

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Consortium member, Tony D'Amato from University of Minnesota was appointed to Upper Midwest and Great Lakes (UMGL) LCC Forest Focal Area Work Group.  D'Amato participated in work group call on July 24 to discuss strategies for linking forest conservation efforts throughout region with ongoing, related work being led by UMGL LCC and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

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Adaptation strategies for Chippewa National Forest

Monday, July 29, 2013

Tony D'Amato (UMN) co-lead a tour of the Chippewa National Forest on July 10 examining adaptation strategies for addressing climate change and disturbance effects on lowland hardwood and upland pine ecosystems on the National Forest. 

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Climate Impacts on Fish Stocks in NE

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator for the NE CSC attended a successful fisheries science meeting in Providence, RI on July 23, "Understanding Climate Impacts on Fish Stocks of the Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem:  Key research needs and future directions".

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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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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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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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