NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, April 4, 2013

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



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NECSC Early Career Scientist presents at Plum Island LTER All-Scientists meeting    The Plum Island Ecosystems (PIE) LTER is an integrated research, education, and outreach program whose goal is to develop a predictive understanding of the long-term response of a coupled watershed and estuarine ecosystem to changes in climate, land use, and sea level. To achieve this goal there are many projects currently being conducted in the watershed, marsh, and estuary to understand ecosystem responses. A meeting is held annually at the MBL to present results for the previous work and to collaborate on future projects. James Nelson of the Marine Biology Laboratory presented an update on his work which focuses on the response of nekton to anthropogenic stressors such as eutrophication and climate change. A major result from this year's work was the survival of young of year mummichog in a long term fertilized creek is significantly lower than in the reference creek system.  




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Monday, April 8, 4:00 PM ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Climate change impacts on winter and spring hydrology in a temperate region"

Evan Murdock, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin Madison


To join, visit:

Or join us in person, 134 Morrill Science Center, UMass Amherst


As the scientific consensus on the reality of climate change has become near-absolute,  there has grown to be considerable interest in predicting its impacts on environmental services. Of particular concern are impacts on water resources, as flooding, drought, water availability, and other water-related issues have profound impacts on people’s lives and livelihoods.


Unfortunately, considerable uncertainty remains about how precipitation patterns may change in the future, limiting the ability of planners to react to these changes. Given this difficulty it is reasonable to pursue those elements of water resources that are most influenced by temperature change. In Wisconsin’s temperate climate, these processes are winter snowfall, snowmelt, and soil frost formation.


The one-dimensional Simultaneous Heat and Water (SHAW) model was used to simulate two continuous 29-year periods representing historical (1970-1999) and future (2040-2069) climate conditions in southern Wisconsin, based on downscaled GCM data from the North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP).


Modeling showed that warmer winter and spring temperatures lead to a decrease in runoff and a commensurate increase in recharge. Additional modeling with the frost portion of the model disabled confirmed the importance of soil frost formation to the results. These results held across different climate models and a wide range of soil types.



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New climate outreach website, “G-WOW” Initiative    The “Gikinoo’wizhiwe Onji Waaban” (Guiding for Tomorrow) or “G-WOW” Initiative is a unique approach to increasing awareness of how climate change is affecting Lake Superior’s coastal environment, people, cultures, and economies by:  1) Integrating scientific climate change research with place-based evidence of how climate change is affecting traditional Ojibwe lifeways and people of all cultures. 2) Bringing Native perspectives and involvement to addressing issues of climate change by directly engaging Native communities, educators, and students. 3) Providing learners with knowledge about what they can do to mitigate or adapt to a changing climate.  Read more...




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Thursday, April 4, 2013; 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents, 

"Environmental Variability in Acidification Stress, and Mechanisms for Biological Response"

Dr. Burke Hale, College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University

To join this webinar, visit:




Thursday, April 11, 2:30 PM ET

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center presents, 

“Fish Habitat and Climate Change: Implications for the Desert Southwest, Midwestern Smallmouth Bass, and Eastern Brook Trout”

Joanna Whittier, University of Missouri; Craig Paukert, Missouri CFWRU; Tyrell Deweber, Penn State University

To join this webinar, visit:




Wednesday, April 17 at 12:00 PM ET

Bard National Climate Seminar presents, 

"Corruption, Democracy, Climate"

Bill McKibben

To join this webinar, visit:




Wednesday, April 17 at 1:00 PM ET

NCTC Safeguarding Wildlife from Climate Change Web Conference Series presents, 

"Modeling Potential Range Shifts Under a Changing Climate: A Case Study"

Scott Klopfer, David Kramar, Chris Burkett, Austin Kane

To register, visit:




Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 1:00 PM ET

USFS Landscape Science Webinar Series presents,

"Can the past still be used to predict the future?  Using process-based landscape models to predict forest dynamics in a changing world."

Eric Gustafson, Research Landscape Ecologist, Forest Service Northern Research Station

To register, visit:





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The National Fish, Wildlife, and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy    In partnership with state and tribal agencies, the Obama Administration recently released the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision-makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and their dependent people and economies.  Read more...



Climate Change and the Common Good - University of Notre Dame Conference April 8-10, 2013     The University of Notre Dame is hosting Climate Change and the Common Good, a conference to be held from April 8-10, 2013. Universities and non-government organizations in the greater Chicago region have an important contribution to make toward addressing the complex and multidisciplinary challenges posed by climate change and resource scarcity.   Read more...


The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) held a briefing discussing American perceptions of climate change.This briefing provided a broad review of survey evidence and explained what may lie behind variations in public attitudes toward climate change. Professor Jon Krosnick highlighted the results of a meta-analysis of public opinion polls on climate change conducted over the last 20 years. He presented the results of new surveys documenting change over time in public beliefs, and the causes of those trends. Read more...



Study Predicts Increased Storm Surge from Climate Change  A study published March 18 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that a warming climate will likely contribute to more numerous and extreme hurricanes. While previous studies connecting hurricanes to rising temperatures have focused on ocean warming, this study focused on atmospheric warming. The researchers connected measures of previous storm surges to air temperature, and used the correlation between the two to model possible changes into the future. The study finds that for every rise in global temperatures of 1.0 degrees Celsius, the number of Katrina-sized storms would increase between 200 and 700 percent. Read more or View Study...  



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NOAA Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook for the Eastern Region now available    The contents include a retrospective on the Winter 2012-13 season, as well as a look forward from the NOAA/NWS/Climate Prediction Center for the region.  Read more...


Regional Climate Scenarios and Projections of Sea Level Rise – webinar files now available On January 29, 2013, EPA hosted a webinar on “Regional Climate Scenarios and Projections of Sea Level Rise.” The webinar was held in partnership with the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The purpose of the webinar was to present regional climate scenarios and sea level rise scenarios that are now available for all federal agencies, and their partners in the states, tribes, and local communities, to use as they begin to integrate climate adaptation planning into their programs, policies, and operations. The scenarios were developed as part of the USGCRP’s National Climate Assessment.  Read more...


EPA National Water Program Releases "2012 Highlights of Progress: Responses to Climate Change"  The 2012 Highlights of Progress report provides a summary of the major climate change-related accomplishments of EPA's national and regional water programs in 2012.  The 2012 Strategy describes long-term goals for the management of sustainable water resources for future generations in light of climate change and is intended to be a road map to guide programmatic planning.  Read more...



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2013 Funding Opportunity for Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Now Available - Applications due April 19, 2013     The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is seeking project ideas for potential funding in 2013.  The LCC identifies, prioritizes, and supports research addressing scientific uncertainties to inform conservation across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes geography.   Read full announcement …



EPA Announces Funding Opportunity on Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes - Applications Due June 25, 2013   EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems that affect Tribes.  The objectives of the awards to be made under this solicitation are to improve understanding of: 1) the health impacts of climate change on tribal populations; and 2) the health impacts of indoor air pollution exposures that derive from or are directly affecting traditional tribal life-ways and cultural practices.  View full announcement...



NOAA Announces Funding for Sea Grant Community Climate Adaptation Initiative 2013 - Applications due April 19, 2013    NOAA is currently seeking to fund climate adaptation efforts for FY 2013-2014 as part of an overall plan to enhance climate adaptation in coastal communities.  Eligible entities include: Sea Grant Programs (colleges, institutions, and coherent area programs).  Interested parties are encouraged to work with the Sea Grant programs in their region to explore opportunities for partnering.  Climate adaptation projects are expected to be conducted in partnership with local community governments, states, and federal agencies.  View full announcement...