NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

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The NE CSC proudly presents its 2013 Annual Report!       The document details the research capacity of the NE CSC Consortium, highlights several projects and research areas, and sets out the updated Priority Science Themes.  In our second year, the NE CSC contributed to more than 100 presentations at professional meetings and conferences, trained 18 Graduate and Post-doctoral Fellows in the stakeholder-driven research paradigm, and developed tools and information to improve natural and cultural resource management and conservation.    Read more…


Webinar: "Introducing the USGS National Climate Change Viewer"    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 3:30pm ET. Jay Alder (USGS) will be presenting the second revision of the recently released USGS National Climate Change Viewer (NCCV), which is a web application used for visualizing climate change for the Continental US at the state, county and watershed scale. Last year NASA released the NEX-DCP30 dataset, which statistically downscales air temperature and precipitation from CMIP5 global models to a high resolution 30-arcsecond grid. We have used the air temperature and precipitation data from the 30 CMIP5 models as input to a simple water-balance model to simulate changes in the surface water balance over the historical and future time periods. Combining the climate data with the water balance data in the NCCV provides further insights into the potential for climate-driven change in water resources.  Read more… 


NE CSC involved in release of National Climate Assessment     NE CSC Principal Investigator Radley Horton (Columbia University), Affiliated Investigator Jerry Melillo (Marine Biological Laboratory), and Science Coordinator Michelle Staudinger (USGS) have played important roles in the preparation and release of the recent National Climate Assessment.  As lead convening author of the Northeast chapter, Dr. Horton's team has established that the Northeast is already experiencing impacts from climate change.  Dr. Melillo serves as the chairman of the federal National Climate Assessment Committee for the third assessment.  Dr. Staudinger helped to prepare the technical input report for the Ecosystems and Biodiversity chapter.  The impacts of climate change on the northeastern and midwestern U.S. are discussed on a variety of media outlets throughout the nation.  Read more…


NorEaST – Stream Temperature Web Portal Update    Jana Stewart and her NorEaST web portal team have been busy! The NorEaST team has given a range of overview presentations to stakeholders in the Northeast region and have several stakeholder engagement meetings planned in the coming months to give progress reports to contributors to the web portal, generate participation in the testing of the portal, coordinating with other monitoring networks, and finding ways to assist the post-Sandy monitoring and adaptation efforts.  Read more…


Wildlife Response to Climate Change is Likely Underestimated, Experts Warn     Analyzing thousands of breeding bird surveys sent in by citizen scientists across the western United States and Canada over 35 years, wildlife researchers report that most of the 40 songbird species they studied shifted either northward or toward higher elevation in response to climate change, but did not necessarily do both.  Read more…


NE CSC Director visits Midwest Forest Service partners    Dr. Mary Ratnaswamy, recently participated in a tour of the Upper Midwest Forest Service partners to learn about opportunities for collaboration in climate and forestry.  Read more…



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New Government Report Says Climate Change Is Happening Here and Now     On May 6, the federal government released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), a comprehensive examination of peer-reviewed science on climate change impacts in the United States. The NCA echoes the findings of the latest reports from the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change, which state with high certainty that emissions from human activities are causing global climate change. The NCA reveals that climate change is already impacting Americans across the country, and its effects are predominantly negative. “For a long time we have perceived climate change as an issue that’s distant, affecting just polar bears or something that matters to our kids,” commented Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist, professor at Texas Tech University, and an author of the NCA. “This shows it’s not just in the future; it matters today. Many people are feeling the effects.”  


Learn moreVisit the NCA Report Website   |   Northeast Chapter   |  Midwest Chapter  |   Ecosystems & Biodiversity Chapter   |   Indigenous Peoples, Lands, & Resources Chapter   |   New York Times   |   The Washington Post   |      Chicago Tribune  |  Union of Concerned Scientists



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Eastern Tallgrass Prairies and Big Rivers LCC

Urban Planners and Wildlife Conservation Experts Convene to Connect Cities with Nature


Appalachian LCC

US Forest Service Proposes New Management Practices for Stewardship of Water Resources


Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC

Connections II Workshop Summer 2014


Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

Restoration Returns: The Contribution of Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and Coastal Program Restoration Projects to Local U.S. Economies



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Wednesday, May 14, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Introducing the USGS National Climate Change Viewer” 

Jay Alder, USGS

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Thursday, May 15, 12:00 pm ET

Tribes & Climate Change webinars and events listing presents,

"Applying Ecosystem Service Modeling Tools to Aid Decision Making under Climate Change"

Ken Bagstad

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Thursday, May 15 at 2:00 PM ET

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

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Friday, May 16 at 1:00 pm ET

Union of Concerned Scientists presents, 

“National Climate Assessment - Midwest Chapter”

Sara Pryor, Donald Scavia, Eugene Takle

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Wednesday, May 21, 11:00 am ET

Tribes & Climate Change webinars and events listing presents,

"ITEP Webinar: Climate Change and Marine Issues"

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Tuesday, May 21, 1:00 pm ET

US Forest Service Landscape Science webinar series presents, 

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

Brain Sturtevant

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Thursday, May 22 at 12:00 pm ET

Union of Concerned Scientists presents, 

“National Climate Assessment - Northeast Chapter”

George Luber, Susanne Moser, Andrew Rosenberg, Gary Yohe

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Thursday May 22, 1:00 PM ET

National Adaptation Forum Webinar series presents, 

“Community Adaptation in the City”

Various speakers

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Wednesday, May 28, 1:00 pm ET

Tribal Renewable Energy webinar series presents,

"Renewable Energy Project Refinement Webinar"

James Buizer

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Thursday, May 29, 12:00 pm ET

Ohio State University Changing Climate webinar series presents,  

"Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife"

Amy Iler, Dr. Benjamin Zuckerberg

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Wednesday, June 4, 10:30 pm ET

Tribes & Climate Change webinars and events listing presents,

"ITEP Webinar: Climate Change Impacts on Forests"

David Peterson

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Climate report identifies concerns for Northeast    A report by the National Climate Assessment lists concerns for the Northeast because of climate change including more days over 90 degrees, increased cases of Lyme disease and West Nile virus, changes to commercial fishing areas and coastal erosion.  Read more…


Directory of Regional Climate Change Adaptation Programs of Federal Natural Resource Agencies Posted Online     The EPA National Water Program has created a directory of regional climate change adaptation programs of federal natural resource agencies as a tool to strengthen coordination to assist in preparing for a changing climate.  Read more… 


April Is First Month With Average Carbon Dioxide Concentration Above 400 ppm    The end of April marked the 'first month in human history' that the average atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration was above 400 parts per million (ppm), according to data from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  Read more…


Massachusetts Awards 2014 Coastal Community Resilience Grants     Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan announced nearly $1 million in funding through the Office of Coastal Zone Management Coastal Community Resilience Grants Program to support local climate preparedness efforts to address the effects of coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise now and into the future.  Read more…


Leading the Charge: Native Leaders Give Tribes a Voice on White House Climate Task Force    As members of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, Chairwoman Diver and Mayor Joule are tasked with providing President Obama with recommendations on removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools tribal communities need to prepare, among other measures.  Read more… 


Better Technology Secures Payoff When Dealing with Climate Change    Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have concluded that making investments in energy technologies to deal with climate change will always produce a positive payoff – independent of whether it’s part of a go-slow policy or a more aggressive policy for climate change. Read more…


Red Lake Band of Chippewa 2014 Climate Planning Focus    The Red Lake Band of Chippewa in Minnesota enrolled in the Climate Solutions University. By November, the tribe will have a completed Climate Adaptation Plan and be ready to implement solutions in coming years.  Read more…


Video: Climate Policy as Wealth Creation    James K. Boyce of UMass Amherst presents on the theme of Climate Policy and Wealth Creation at the University of Pittsburgh.  A panel discussion follows.  Read more…


Leader in Ecosystems Research and Climate Assessment is Elected to National Academy of Sciences    Jerry M. Melillo, NE CSC Affiliated Investigator, Distinguished Scientist, and Director Emeritus at the Ecosystems Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Election to the Academy recognizes distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, and is widely considered a mark of excellence in science. It is one of the highest honors a scientist can attain.  Read more…



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Global Change Information System     This website offers traceability of data and information in the Climate Science chapter of the National Climate Assessment (Chap. 2) as proof of concept and a starting foundation for the 4th NCA.  Read more…


“National Climate Change Viewer” Enables Focus on Future Climate-Driven Changes for U.S. Watersheds at Local Levels    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell unveiled the National Climate Change Viewer, a climate-visualization website tool from the Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey. The new tool gives citizens and resource managers the opportunity to look at climate-driven impacts on watersheds and map projected changes at the local, regional, state and watershed levels.  Read more…


EPA National Water Program Publishes 2013 Highlights of Progress: Responses to Climate Change    This report is organized around the six vision areas described in the "2012 Strategy" - water infrastructure, watersheds and wetlands, coastal and ocean waters, water quality, working with Tribes, and cross-cutting program support. Read more…


Air Quality Threatened by Climate Change    The American Lung Association released its 2014 State of the Air report, which found that trends of improvement in air quality across the country are threatened by climate change impacts. Read more… 


Scientists Find Evidence Ocean Acidity Is Dissolving Shells of Key Ocean Species    Proceedings of the Royal Society B published a study on the effects of ocean acidification on the dissolution of a key shell species: tiny, free-floating snails called pteropods which are important food sources for many other species, including salmon, herring, and mackeral. Read more…


NOAA Seeks Answers to Great Lakes Water Level Changes    Sea level may be rising, but increasing water temperature and evaporation in the Great Lakes is driving a trend of diminishing lake levels. Lake Michigan and Huron experienced record lows in the winter of 2012 and 2013, levels that threaten the North American shipping and tourism industries and leave economists as well as hydrologists looking to understand this trend. Read more…


Managing forests in uncertain times     The way that trees store carbon is understood too little to give forestry a complete picture of its impacts on the carbon cycle. Some forests may be managed in a way intended to act as a carbon sink, but recent findings, such as unharvested forests’ ability to store more carbon than they release, further highlight an unclear understanding of this process. Read more…



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Climate Change and Water Internship Program Opportunity    A postgraduate internship project is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW) in Washington, DC. This internship will be served with the Water Policy Staff.  Read more…