NE CSC Newsletter

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center

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NE CSC Announces FY 2015 Funding Opportunity     Statements of Interest will be accepted in three priority areas: 1) Effects of Climate Change on Hydrologic Regimes, Ecological Flows, and Aquatic Connectivity; 2) Species Intrinsic Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change; 3) Effects of climate change on the sustainability of cultural resources, including approaches that utilize traditional ecological knowledge (TEK), human dimensions, and adaptation strategies. The deadline for submission of Statements of Interest is June 17, 2014.  A Q&A webinar will be held on May 9th.  Read more…

 

NE CSC project completed! “A research and decision support framework to evaluate sea-level rise impacts in the northeastern U.S.”    Dr. Robert Thieler and colleagues at USGS and Columbia University recently developed a reconnaissance method to distinguish coastal areas in the northeastern U.S. that will likely experience a predominantly inundation (e.g., flooding) response to sea-level rise from those that will likely respond dynamically by moving or changing (e.g., landforms such as barrier islands and marshes). Read more…

 

The Stream Temperature Data and Modelling Meeting II originally set for January 7 has been rescheduled for May 1, 2014.  This all day meeting highlighting on-going stream temperature research in the Northeast is hosted by the FWS North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, EPA Region 1 and USGS NE Climate Science Center and the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center.  The meeting will be at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office in Hadley, Massachusetts.  A web broadcast of the meeting will be available.  Read more...

 

NE CSC Science Coordinator Discusses Climate Impacts on Ecological Systems in the Northeast     Michelle Staudinger, NE CSC Science Coordinator, will give a talk on May 6th at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife "Brown Bag Lecture Series" on "Climate Impacts on Ecological Systems in the Northeastern United States".  Read more…

 

Director Ratnaswamy Discusses Climate Change Impacts with NH Senator Shaheen    Mary Ratnaswamy, Northeast Climate Science Center Federal Director, participated in a round table discussion with New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen to discuss climate change and its impacts on the state.  Read more…

 

NE CSC Fellow in Science!    Fellow David Johnson had a letter featured in Science last week, entitled "Weeds Making Waves", which described an alternative method for dealing with coastal weeds.  “Phragmites australis is an aggressive, invasive weed that cannot be purged. It grows 6 meters tall and pushes out many wetland species. We have tried to cut it, poison it, burn it, bury it, till it, and drown it, and yet its tufted heads still sway in the wind.”  Read more…

 

 

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Annual NE CSC Science Meeting    On April 17 and 18, 23 NE CSC Directors, Principal Investigators, staff, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Graduate Fellows came together to increase research cooperation; discuss future directions and collaborations;  brainstorm about enhancing stakeholder engagement and student development; and delineate goals for the NE CSC. The meeting was a great success, feeling productive, informative, and even fun!  Read more...

 

 

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UW-Cooperative Extension Climate Ready Communities Initiative    Wisconsin’s communities are at risk from our changing climate. Extension is able to assist communities in identifying vulnerabilities to those risks, and evaluating strategies to prepare for them. UW-Extension’s Climate Ready Communities initiative provides training and support for county and campus faculty looking to work with local government, business, agriculture, forestry and other decision makers.  Read more…

 

 

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Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

- Midwest Urban Conservation Workshop, April 29 – May 1, 2014, St. Louis, MO

- The Future of the Northern Forests: Climate Change Impacts and Forest Management

 

Eastern Tallgrass Prairies and Big Rivers LCC

- Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia Structured Decision Making Workshop, August 12 – 14, 2014 in Memphis, TN

 

Appalachian LCC

- OSMRE Appalachian Region Launches New Website

 

North Atlantic LCC News

- Four new science delivery projects that will serve as examples of applied landscape conservation science in the Northeast.

 

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

- Resource Guide to Federal Climate Adaptation Programs for State Fish & Wildlife Agencies

- Freshwater availability and coastal wetland foundation species: ecological transitions along a rainfall gradient

 

 

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Thursday, May 1, 2014 1:00 PM  ET

Tribal Renewable Energy webinar series presents,

“Communities: Human Health and Community Development Webinar”

To register, visit: http://www.energy.gov/indianenergy/events/communities-human-health-and-community-development-webinar

 

Wednesday, May 7, time TBD

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

“NE CSC Fish Habitat Data Viewer Planning"

Craig Paukert and others

To register, visit: https://necsc.umass.edu/news/webinar-ne-csc-fish-habitat-data-viewer-planning

 

Wednesday, May 7, 4:00 pm ET

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast presents,

“How Do Local Decision Makers and the Public View Climate Change?”

To join, visit: http://ccrun.org/seminars

 

Wednesday, May 14, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Introducing the USGS National Climate Change Viewer” 

Jay Alder, USGS

To join, visit:  https://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/introducing-usgs-national-climate-change-viewer

 

Thursday, May 15 at 2:00 PM EST

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center's webinar series presents,

"Ungulates and Climate Change: an Examination of the Potential Impacts”

Matthew Kauffman, USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

To register, visit: https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/248

 

Tuesday, May 21, 1:00 pm EST

US Forest Service Landscape Science webinar series presents, 

"Can landscape-scale management influence insect outbreak dynamics? A natural experiment for spruce budworm"

Brain Sturtevant

To join or register, visit:  https://www304.livemeeting.com/cc/usda/webJoin?id=D5SFT2&pw=b_6dSW%40.p&role=attend

 

Wednesday, May 28, 1:00 pm EST

Tribal Renewable Energy webinar series presents,

"Renewable Energy Project Refinement Webinar"

James Buizer

To join or register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/158552305

 

Thursday, May 29, 5:00 pm EST

OneNOAA Science Seminars

"A climate-to-fish-to-fishers model for the Eastern Pacific sardine and anchovy system"

Enrique Curchitser

To join or register, visit:  https://nwfsc200.webex.com/nwfsc200/j.php?ED=25224058&UID=61391358&RT=MiM0

password: 282 627 017 

 

 

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DOI’s Landscape-Scale Strategy for Management of Public Lands and Wildlife     The strategy is an exciting milestone that lays out key principles and actions necessary to successfully shift from a project-by-project method to a broader approach for overseeing lands and resources on behalf of the American people. Read more…

 

Years of Living Dangerously    This groundbreaking documentary event series explores the human impact of climate change. It combines the blockbuster storytelling styles of top Hollywood movie makers with the reporting expertise of Hollywood's brightest stars and today's most respected journalists.  Features Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and NE CSC PI Radley Horton!  Read more…

 

NIACS Video Adaptation and forest management in Great Lakes forests     Stephen Handler of NIACS presented several examples of real-world adaptation demonstration projects as part of the Great Lakes Climate webinar series. Read more…

 

New GLISA Website Launched!     Up to date news on GLISA projects and events as well as regional and global climate news. You can also find a variety of resources for Great Lakes climate information including Great Lakes station climatologies and publications by the GLISA team and by GLISA supported researchers and boundary organizations. Read more…

 

Mitigation of Climate Change – Part 3 of the new IPCC report     The report contains many more details about renewable energies, sectoral strategies such as in the electricity and transport sector, and co-benefits of avoided climate change, such as improvements of air quality.  Read more…

 

On Earth Day, a Commitment to Climate Action    On this Earth Day, Administration officials joined Americans around the country to talk about our environmental and climate challenges. Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy were at the New England Aquarium talking about what climate change will mean for Boston Harbor.  Read more…

 

Maine moose population ‘walking dead’ after ticks drain blood due to climate change     Researchers in New England say that warmer weather caused by climate change has allowed ticks to thrive, and devastated the moose population by literally draining them of blood. Read more…

 

New York DEC To Honor Communities' Efforts To Combat Climate Change     Six municipalities will be honored for achieving Climate Smart Communities Certification in recognition of projects they have undertaken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy-efficiency and enhance resiliency to mitigate potential climate impacts.  Read more…

 

 

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NOAA Collaborators Announce Availability of New Climate Analysis Tool      OpenClimateGIS is an open-source tool which aids users in accessing and interpreting complex climate data.  Read more…

 

Rising Carbon Dioxide in Oceans Harming Marine Life    A study published in Nature Climate Change found that prolonged exposure to increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) changed the behavior of reef fish. Authors stated that "we found that living in an acidic environment makes small reef fish become attracted to the smell of their potential predators.” Read more…

 

The National Geospatial Platform     This resource area is focused on providing easy access to data and resources related to coastal flooding, sea level rise, and their impacts. Over time, this area will expand to include additional data and tools relevant to other important climate-related impacts, including risks to human health, the food supply, and energy infrastructure.  Read more…

 

Salamander’s Hefty Role in the Forest     According to a new study in the journal Ecosphere, salamanders play a significant role in the global carbon cycle … helping to stave off climate disaster.  Read more…

 

Two new papers on Climate Change and Flooding in the Northeastern U.S.    As the planet warms, science has predicted flood warnings will increase. Two of the most recent papers published on the subject as it relates to the Northeastern United States are straightforward reminders -- or subdued warnings -- of the expected impacts of climate change in one region. Read more…

 

New Updates to the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Tool    The Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery -- released in 2013 through a partnership between several Federal entities in coordination with local institutions -- has been updated to reflect the latest data on future sea level rise and flooding risks.  Read more…

 

Surging Seas tool from Climate Central     Search or navigate our interactive map tool to see maps of areas below different amounts of sea level rise and flooding, down to neighborhood scale, matched with area timelines of risk.  Read more…

 

Any questions? Crowdsourcing research priorities for greater impact     Good research is as much about framing good questions as ferreting out answers. But if the answers are meant to be applied, what counts as a good question is not always easy to agree. Academics, practitioners, and policy-makers tend to have different ideas.  Read more…

Identification of 100 fundamental ecological questions

 

 

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Future Earth RFP     Bringing together existing programmes on global environmental change, Future Earth will be an international hub to coordinate new, interdisciplinary approaches to research on three themes: Dynamic Planet, Global Development and Transformations towards Sustainability. It will also be a platform for international engagement to ensure that knowledge is generated in partnership with society and users of science. It is open to scientists of all disciplines, natural and social, as well as engineering, the humanities and law.  Read more…

 

NSF/NOAA Visiting Scientist Opportunity    The Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences is pleased to announce an opportunity that would support extended visits by AGS-supported investigators and their research groups, including students and post-doctoral researchers, to NOAA's NCEP to advance their NSF-supported research by working closely with environmental scientists at NOAA's NCEP and having access to a wealth of real-time and archived datasets and computational facilities. Read more…

 

Climate Science Outreach in Agriculture and Forestry     The University of California at Davis and the USDA Pacific Southwest Forest Research Station invite applications for an outreach and education specialist in agricultural and natural resources impacts of climate change. As part to of the newly forming US Department of Agriculture Southwest Climate Hub, we seek a broadly trained scholar to work in the area of aggregating applied research of practical use for agricultural and natural resource management.  Read more…

 

Call for Papers on Climate Adaptation Programs Sustainability    The Journal of Record is looking for research-based manuscripts, topic reviews, and case studies on current climate adaptation programs. The journal is requesting manuscripts that sufficiently translate climate science into actionable strategies for leadership and policymakers to understand and implement.  Manuscript Deadline: June 16, 2014.  Read more…

 

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Funding Opportunities    Announcing the opening of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 2014 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Programs.  These nationally competitive programs have a state application deadline of July 9, 2014. Read more…