Dr. Alessandra Bottero will be starting in early March as a new postdoctoral fellow with the UMN Consortium. Dr. Bottero will be working with scientists from UMN, the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (Brian Palik), USGS (John Bradford), and University of Maine (S. Fraver) on a project examining potential adaptation strategies for forests across the northeastern US.
On March 12-13, Mary Ratnaswamy, Federal Director of the Northeast Climate Science Center, participated in the Midwest Regional Climate Meeting. The objective of this meeting is to gather individuals doing applied climate work in the Midwest region to elevate awareness of climate activities, projects, services and understand how best to coordinate activities in these areas. Attendees at the meeting included the new Midwest USDA Hub, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, nonprofits, and many other agencies and partners. Dr.
On Monday March 10th, the Northeast Climate Science Center celebrated its 2nd Anniversary. NE CSC staff members and fellows mingled with University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty and students from the Geoscience, Environmental Conservation, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biology Departments. Dean Goodwin of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment was also in attendance and spoke words of praise and future endeavors alongside Federal and University Directors Mary Ratnaswamy and Rick Palmer. Chocolate cake was enjoyed by all!
The Southeast and Northeast Climate Science Centers (CSCs) held an ‘Impacts of Climate Change’ meeting for National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) leaders from Alligator River, Cape Romain, and Blackwater NWRs at the Alligator River NWR on March 5-6, 2014.
The Northeast Climate Science Center’s Strategic Science Agenda defines the context for climate impacts in the NE CSC region, describes the anticipated role and interactions of the NE CSC among its partners and stakeholders during the first five years (2013-2018) of our tenure, and establishes the seven science priorities (listed below) that the NE CSC will address through consortium and competitively funded research activities, as well as collaborations with regional partners.
NE CSC Fellow, Ethan Coffel recently attended a workshop hosted by the South Central CSC on communication, policy, and outreach. Ethan's research involves climate models and extreme weather events and human systems. He also has a strong interest in communications and public outreach, and writes for Northwestern's Science in Society Blog. Here's what Ethan says about his experience at the workshop:
In the project, Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes, Dr. Richard Kraus (USGS - Great Lakes Science Center) and his team are examining seasonal food web changes and analytical metrics that can serve as synoptic measures of the effect of climate forces on food web structure and fishery resources in the Great Lakes.
Subject to the legislative approval of funding for transportation vulnerability assessments and public health initiatives, Governor Patrick recently proposed a plan for the Energy and Environmental Affairs office to partner with UMass Amherst’s Northeast Climate Science Center in appointing a state climatologist
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced recently that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center is awarding just over $800,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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.