NE CSC Newsletter

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center

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Upcoming webinar: "Hurricanes and Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate”     March 12, 3:30pm, Kerry Emanuel, MIT.  In this talk, Dr. Emanuel will review hurricanes and the various kinds of hazards they present to us, and go on to talk about how geology, history, and physics can all be used to help assess the risk of these hazards today and going forward, as our climate warms.  Read more… 


Recent Publications:

The science of decisionmaking: Applications for sustainable forest and grassland management in the National Forest System

Ranking Site Vulnerability to Increasing Temperatures in Southern Appalachian Brook Trout Streams in Virginia: An Exposure-Sensitivity Approach

The Practitioner's Dilemma: How to Assess the Credibility of Downscaled Climate Projections



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Climate Change Bird and Tree atlases    The Climate Change Tree and Bird Atlases have  been updated with several new online features. Visitors can still view current and possible future distributions for 134 tree species and 147 bird species in the eastern U.S., but now have new options for viewing and comparing maps, searching species, and visualizing species traits that will affect responses to climate change. Read more…



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Friday, March 7, 3:00 pm ET

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. presents, 

"Large-scale Snow Extent over Northern Hemisphere Lands"

Dr. David A. Robinson - Rutgers University, Department of Geography

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Wednesday, March 12, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Hurricanes and Hurricane Risk in a Changing Climate"

Kerry Emanuel, MIT

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Thursday, March 13, 12:00 pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"Offshore Wind in America: A Report on Recent Development Efforts and the Latest Environmental Science"

Doug Pfeister

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Wednesday, March 19, 1:00 pm ET

EPA CRWU training series presents, 

"Threshold Analysis to Support Decision Making"

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Thursday, March 20, 2:00 pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"From Belize to Washington State: keeping habitat at the core of marine conservation"

Jodie Toft

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Wednesday, March 26, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty"

Maria Janowiak, NIACS

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Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

Beta version of Global Forest Watch links diverse data sources, google maps and crowd-sourced information to track forest gain and loss worldwide…


Appalachian LCC

Urban Wildlife Initiative Engages Communities - The initiative strives to make the Service’s programs far more relevant to millions of Americans...


North Atlantic LCC News

Science Delivery RFP - Request for proposals addresses a key science need by advancing application of landscape conservation science products at multiple scales…



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Climate Change Adaptation Planning training     May 12, Anacortes, WA - in conjunction with National Tribal Forum on Air Quality. Hosted by Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, This training provides an introduction to planning for climate change impacts and is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. Read more…


Training: Scenario Planning Toward Climate Change Adaptation    May 5-9, Shepherdstown, WV. Offered by USFWS National Conservation Training Center. This overview course will introduce the core elements of scenario planning and expose participants to a diversity of approaches and specific scenario development techniques that incorporate both qualitative and quantitative components.  Read more…


Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region    June 24-26, Ann Arbor, MI. Join researchers and practitioners from the Great Lakes region and beyond to learn about climate adaptation efforts in various sectors and across various scales, foster collaboration, and discuss next steps to building resilient communities and a resilient region.  Read more…



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NIACS launches new Climate Change Response Framework projects    The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science has launched three new Climate Change Response Framework projects in 2014 to help managers incorporate climate change information into decision-making. The Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Response Framework will cover more than 60 million acres of forest land, from Maryland's Atlantic coasts to the peaks of the Catskill Mountains. The New England Climate Change Response Framework will cover more than 50 million acres of forest land, from the peaks of the northern Appalachians to the coasts of the Atlantic. The Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework will focus on the unique challenges of managing trees and forests in urban environments as they respond to a changing climate. These projects are also part of the USDA Midwest and Northeast regional Climate Hubs. Read more…


NIACS holds two adaptation trainings in the Midwest     Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices (FAPP) is an active, hands-on training to help natural resources managers incorporate climate change considerations into their own real-world forest management projects. Two FAPP training sessions were held the week of February 3rd in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and Osage Beach, MO. Read more…


Climate Ready Estuaries Project with New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program to Assess Sea Level Rise Featured on NOAA Digital Coast Site    Providing public access to coastal resources in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary, the most urban estuary in the nation, is a challenge, and this task will become more difficult with sea level rise.  To address this issue, the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary Program worked to use a combination of GIS and site visits to assess vulnerability and provide recommendations at three publicly accessible waterfront recreation areas.  Read more…


EPA Releases Climate Assessment Update to National Stormwater Calculator    The updated calculator includes future climate vulnerability scenarios.  The calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff from a specific location.  The calculator now includes changes in seasonal precipitation levels, the effects of more frequent high-intensity storms, and changes in evaporation rates based on validated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change climate change scenarios.  Read more…


Interagency Special Report on Climate Change Impacts on Human Health in the United States    The US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the Interagency Crosscutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health (INCA) announced the beginning of work on a special report detailing the impacts of climate change on human health. The report will outline risks to human health in eight areas, including heat waves, air quality, disease vectors, food and water borne diseases, extreme weather, and mental health. Read more…


Massachusetts State Senator Introduces Bill to Examine Local Climate Change    MA State Senator Marc Pacheco (D), chairman of the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, introduced a bill to require the state to quantify and address climate change impacts. Read more…



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Central Hardwoods ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework project    This assessment evaluates the vulnerability of terrestrial ecosystems in the Central Hardwoods Region of Illinois, Indiana, and Missouri to a range of future climates. Information on current forest conditions, observed climate trends, projected climate changes, and impacts to forest ecosystems was considered in order to assess vulnerability to climate change. Read more…


NOAA Releases Regional Climate Impacts and Outlooks for the first quarter of 2014     The syntheses discuss the major climate events during the past three months and contain historical seasonal assessments as well as future climate outlooks, utilizing NOAA's monitoring and assessment capacity.  Read more...


Water Research Foundation Releases Research Report, Case Studies, and Tool on Preparing for Extreme Weather Events    Whether it is extreme drought or a polar vortex, extreme weather can cause havoc on drinking water supplies.  This report summarizes research undertaken to identify and characterize water quality impacts from source to tap caused by extreme weather-related events and to provide dozens of case studies documenting the lessons learned from such events. Read more…


"Beyond the Basics" Website Shares Best Practices in Local Mitigation Planning    The website is designed to help guide the user through the process of developing or updating a local hazard mitigation plan that will meet the requirements for approval by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Read more…



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Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grants to Support Great Lakes Tribal Aquatic Invasive Species     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service anticipates providing grants to support development and implementation of Great Lakes Tribal Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plans. Two-year grant awards will be used by tribes for activities that directly relate to the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and Great Lakes Basin. (Deadline: 4/21/14)  Read more…


North Atlantic LCC Announces Science Delivery RFP     Request for proposals addresses a key science need by advancing application of landscape conservation science products at multiple scales across the North Atlantic region. (Deadline March 7)  Read more…