NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, May 2, 2013

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center.

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U.S. Shows Rapid Rise of Temps Since First Earth Day, some NE CSC states are warming at twice global rate   In commemoration of Earth Day, 2013, Climate Central has created an interactive graphic that shows a state-by-state analysis of temperature trends since the first Earth Day took place in 1970. That occasion marked a significant change in America’s environmental consciousness, and led to the creation of, among other things, the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.  Read more…

Forecasting the future of weather (Boston Globe)   When it comes to climate change, University of Massachusetts researchers are always looking forward, but they’re also looking back. Way back.  “We have some people looking at warming that happened 30 million years ago,” says Michael Rawlins, an associate professor of geosciences and the director of the university’s Climate System Research Center in Amherst.   Read more...

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The NE CSC webinar series will resume for the fall semester.  Thanks to everyone who participated this spring, and remember to check out the archived videos on our website!  Recent videos are below:
    •    "The Impact of Airborne Particulate Matter on Human Health: Current Scientific Evidence and Remaining Challenges" 
    •    "Characterizing the sensitivity of tree species and forest types to past weather variability using tree ring data"
    •    "Climate change impacts on winter and spring hydrology in a temperate region"
    •    “Assessing regional connectivity in current and future landscapes”
    •    "Climate Change in the Northeastern US: Regional Climate Model Validation and Climate Change Projections"
    •    "The Marsh Canary: what little fish tell us about the effects of human induced change in salt marshes"

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The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) was founded by EcoAdapt and Island Press in July 2010, and is managed by EcoAdapt. It is aimed at building a shared knowledge base for managing natural and built systems in the face of rapid climate change. Just as importantly, it is intended to help build an innovative community of practice. It helps users to get beyond the limitations of their time and the unwieldy thicket of books, papers and articles by vetting and clearly organizing the best information available; building a community via an interactive online platform; creating a directory of practitioners to share knowledge and strategies; and identifying and explaining data tools and information available from other sites.  It consists principally of 4 interlinked components: Case Studies, Virtual Library, Directory, and Tools.  It also houses Community forums for the discussion of current issues in climate adaptation.  Read more...

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Tuesday, May 7 at 1:00 PM ET
Ohio State University Changing Climate webinar series presents,
"Climate Tools Café 2 Webinar"
Jeff Stone, Kimberly Hall, Thomas Johnson
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Wednesday May 8, 1:00 PM ET
EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative presents,
"Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness 101: Risk Assessment Process"
An introduction to CRWU’s risk assessment tool, the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT). This webinar outlines CREAT’s risk assessment process, how it can help utilities build more resilient systems, and examples of threats and adaptation options.
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Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 AM ET
Environmental and Energy Study Institute briefing series presents,      
"Energy Efficient Infrastructure for More Resilient Local Economies: The Role of District Energy, CHP, and Microgrids"
Rep. Scott Peters, Dr. Ramanathan, and others
To view live webcast, visit:


Thursday May 9 at 2:30 PM ET
NCCWSC Climate Science and Management webinar series
"Fish Habitat and Climate Change: A Coarse Scale National Assessment with Finer Scale Assessment of Midwestern Streams and Lakes"
Yin-Phan Tsang, Damon Kruger and Bill Herb
To register, visit:


Thursday May 9 at 1:00 PM ET
OneNOAA Science Seminars
"Marine Protected Area Network Planning in the Bay of Fundy/Scotian Shelf"
Maxine Westhead
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Thursday May 9 at 2:00 PM ET
OneNOAA Science Seminars
"Marine Conservation at the Local Level: The role of Volunteers in Creating Vibrant Coastal Communities"
Kathleen Herrmann
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Thursday May 16 at 2:00 PM ET
OneNOAA Science Seminars
"Migration Syndromes and Success in Migratory Fishes
Dr. Christopher Caudill
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Wednesday May 22 at 1:00 PM ET
EPA CRWU training series
"Workshop Planner / Adaptation Strategies Guide"
To register, visit:

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Regional Conservation Needs project focuses on vulnerabilities of the northeast to climate change, 7 reports completed     Evidence is growing that climate change is impacting species and ecosystems in the Northeast Region, posing significant challenges to the future conservation of our fish, wildlife and habitats. Conservationists must now consider how to protect natural resources, improve conservation tools and modify management strategies within a changing climate. The most urgent question, and the one that needs answering before the others can be fully addressed, is: which species and habitats are likely to be vulnerable to, or benefit from, the changing climate?  Read more...

EPA Region 1 Hurricane Summit and Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) workshop, drinking water and wastewater utilities, along with their state primacy and emergency management agencies, will be discussing these lessons learned and developing an action plan to help the water sector become more resilient. Read more...

EPA and Partners Host Workshop on Lessons Learned from Six Case Studies Focusing on Water Resource Adaptation Strategies and Information Needs in Response to Extreme Weather Events     EPA, NOAA, the Water Environment Research Foundation, Water Research Foundation, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, and Noblis recently held a synthesis workshop to present and discuss the results from six adaptation case studies conducted around the country on water resources and extreme events.  Read more…

New Water Science Tools Help Communities Prepare for Floods    Commemorating the Great Flood of 1913.  New flood inundation maps are now available for Findlay, Killbuck, and Ottawa, Ohio. These maps show where flooding would occur at various high river levels. They are just one example of U.S. Geological Survey products and services developed in the 100 years since Ohio’s devastating Great Flood of 1913. Read more...

New Tools to Help Manage Saltwater Intrusion    Climate Change, Sea-Level Rise to Impact When Water is Available.  South Carolina and Georgia water resource managers have powerful new tools at their fingertips to help make critical decisions on the timing and quantity of freshwater availability in coastal rivers. Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and Advanced Data Mining International, the two new decision support systems will help decision makers determine how much drinking water they will be able to pull from rivers in the face of climate change, sea-level rise and saltwater intrusion.  Read more...

Report Released on the State of Adaptation in the United States    This recently published report was commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation and was undertaken by EcoAdapt, the Georgetown Climate Center, the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, and the University of California-Davis.  It surveys activities underway to help communities prepare for climate change and identifies needs, challenges, and potential actions that communities can pursue.  Read more...

NCAR Industry Summit on the Future of Forecasting, June 1-2, 2013 Boulder, CO     This event will feature world-leading researchers describing emerging technologies for renewable energy, highway safety, water management, wildfire prediction, air pollution mitigation, aviation safety, regional climate projections, and more.  Read more...

Institute for Sustainable Communities' Climate Leadership Academy announces workshop on Adaptive Water Resource Management and Infrastructure on June 24-26 in Philadelphia, PA    The third national Climate Leadership Academy on Adaptation and Resilience will take a closer look at climate-related risks to water infrastructure and explore how new, sustainable business models are improving the resilience of communities' water resources, from water supply to waste water. This workshop is part of the broader Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy, a program that builds the capacity of communities - cities, towns, counties, metropolitan regions, and rural areas - to advance, accelerate and scale-up local solutions to the global challenges of climate protection and sustainable development. Read more...

LISS explores Superstorm Sandy and climate change adaptation       NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Save the Sound, the Long Island Sound Study (LISS), and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) hosted the 22nd annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit at Iona College in New Rochelle, coinciding with Save the Sound’s Earth Week celebration. This year’s featured speaker was prize-winning New York Times climate blogger, journalist and author Andrew Revkin.  In the aftermath of four major storms in less than two years, this year's summit focused on "Superstorm Sandy and the 'New Normal:' Rebuilding for Resiliency and Adapting to Climate Change."  Read more...

Rising Seas Could Threaten Many Acadia NP Marshes    AUGUSTA, Maine – More than 800 acres of uplands in and near Acadia National Park will likely be flooded by the ocean if sea level rises 2 feet during this century, leaving 75 percent of the saltwater marshes along this part of central Maine's rugged coast with very little upland area to migrate into, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study and maps.  Read more...

On “Protecting New York As An Ecosystem” Testimony from Dr. Franco Montalto, PE.        Dr. Franco Montalto stood before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation in January in a public hearing, where he provided testimony in favor of incorporating green infrastructure into New York’s future plans. He argues that the best method to combat any kind of weather extreme likely to occur more frequently due to climate change (i.e. intense rainfall, prolonged drought or hurricane landfall) is to employ the help of ecosystems.  Read more...

Climate Change Leading to More Snow?     University of Michigan researchers publish paper on the potential impacts of climate change on lake-effect snow.  What impact is climate change having on the Great Lakes region? It’s a broad question and one that is most likely to be answered in pieces.  One such piece may be lake-effect snow, according to David Wright, a doctoral student in the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences (AOSS) program at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. Wright teamed up with Dr. Derek Posselt, assistant professor, and Dr. Allison Steiner, associate professor, also of AOSS. They built climate scenarios and produced a paper on their lake-effect snow findings.  Read more...

For Cleveland, climate change could mean tons of toxic green algae     A vast plain of poisonous green slime stretching to the horizon, bobbing gently on the waves… It could become a permanent feature if humans don’t scramble to do something about it.  Read more…

Climate Expert Says Tornado Alley Will Shift Eastward this Year    Lupo says he doesn't expect the upcoming storm season to be more severe or longer than average, he just believes it's getting a later start than usual due to shifts from a La Nina pattern. Read more…

Coastal Development And A Changing Climate     Global sea levels are rising. Storms are getting more powerful. Homes along the Massachusetts coastline are in trouble. Yet, the state has not only permitted– but encouraged — development in these areas for hundreds of years.  Read more…

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New Interactive Map Tracks Climate Change News in the US   Internews’ Earth Journalism Network announces the launch of Climate Commons, a new interactive data journalism and news mapping platform that aims to track the impacts of and responses to climate change on a local, regional, and national level across the United States.  By combining the most recently available information on climate change indicators – such as temperature, precipitation, and emissions – with the latest, geo-tagged stories on climate change in the US, Climate Commons serves as the first map of its kind in the country to visualize both the data and media coverage surrounding the causes, consequences, and responses to climate change. It is designed to enable Americans to gain a much better understanding of how climate change is affecting the places where they live today, how it is likely to affect them in the future, and what is (or isn’t) being done about it.   Read more  or  View map...

Global Environmental Change article, "Climate change prediction: Erring on the side of least drama?" (Brysse et al., 2013)    Over the past two decades, skeptics of the reality and significance of anthropogenic climate change have frequently accused climate scientists of “alarmism”: of over-interpreting or overreacting to evidence of human impacts on the climate system. However, the available evidence suggests that scientists have in fact been conservative in their projections of the impacts of climate change. In particular, we discuss recent studies showing that at least some of the key attributes of global warming from increased atmospheric greenhouse gases have been under-predicted, particularly in IPCC assessments of the physical science, by Working Group I. We also note the less frequent manifestation of over-prediction of key characteristics of climate in such assessments. We suggest, therefore, that scientists are biased not toward alarmism but rather the reverse: toward cautious estimates, where we define caution as erring on the side of less rather than more alarming predictions.  Read more...

NOAA updates Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer to include Maryland, New Jersey, and Virginia    Being able to visualize potential impacts from sea level rise is a powerful teaching and planning tool. NOAA's Sea Level Rise Viewer brings this capability to coastal communities. A slider bar is used to show how various levels of sea level rise will impact coastal communities. The Sea Level Rise Viewer displays potential future sea levels; provides simulations of sea level rise at local landmarks; communicates the spatial uncertainty of mapped sea levels; models potential marsh migration due to sea level rise; overlays social and economic data onto potential sea level rise; and examines how tidal flooding will become more frequent with sea level rise. Read more...

New Report Released about Climate Adaptation for Agriculture and Forestry     A recent report produced by the 25x’25 Alliance’s Adaptation Work Group offers various pathways in the areas of research, production systems, risk management, decision tools, and outreach for building a more resilient agriculture and forestry system. The recommendations of the Adaptation Work Group, which is a collaboration of leaders from the agriculture, forestry, business, academic, conservation, and government sectors, were shaped by the four overlapping goals of profitability, productivity, stewardship, and self-determination. The report is not intended to serve as a definitive set of adaptation recommendations, but is offered as the beginning of a national dialogue on the steps needed to prepare agriculture and forestry for the road ahead.  Read more…