NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Reminder: NE CSC FY 2015 Funding Opportunity - Deadline June 17     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.  Read more…

 

Project update: “A Terrestrial Habitat Map of Atlantic Canada: Extending the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map across the border”     Project PIs Mark Anderson (The Nature Conservancy) and Kevin McGarigal (UMass Amherst) seek to develop a terrestrial habitat map for the entire area of the USFW’s North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NALCC), extending from the northeastern US into the Canadian Maritimes and southeastern Quebec.  Recently they have made strides in creating a classification team consisting of 20 participants from 4 Canadian provinces and NatureServe ecologists, to help develop a consistent classification of the Terrestrial Habitats to be mapped. Read more…

 

New NE CSC Communications Plan!     The NE CSC's Communications and Outreach Manager, Addie Rose Holland, has just released a plan for the next 5 years of communications between the NE CSC and our various audiences.  The plan lays out our communication and outreach objectives, our primary audiences, methods and strategies for communication, and a messaging plan.  The plan focuses on cooperative communication strategies and methods for leveraging our limited resources between LCCs, other partners, and neighboring CSCs.  Read more…

 

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Please participate in a short survey on climate risks in Boston and Philadelphia through CCRUN    Funded through the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), Researchers from Drexel University are conducting research in the Boston and Philadelphia regions in order to gauge climate change priorities of various stakeholders. We are currently looking for environmental experts in Boston and in Philadelphia to participate in a brief phone interview to gain your insight on this important topic. The first stage of our proposed research is to conduct semi-structured interviews with various environmental experts working in the Philadelphia and Boston regions in order to compile a list of climate risks that each region faces as well as recommended climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies specific to Each region. A master’s student at Drexel University, Griffin Kidd, is conducting the interviews. Please contact him if you would be willing to participate (griffin.kidd@drexel.edu).  Learn more about CCRUN here:  http://ccrun.org/

 

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Eastern Tallgrass Prairies and Big Rivers LCC

Funding Opportunity to Benefit Landscape-Level Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the Midwest

 

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

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

 

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

A win-win for upland birds and agriculture: strategic targeting of habitat buffers across a landscape

 

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First Stewards 2014 Symposium - Washington, D.C., July 21-23, 2014.     United Indigenous Voices Address Sustainability: Climate Change & Traditional Places.   The major goals for this symposium are threefold: Promote and discuss how Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) can become a stronger part of the climate change conversation; Explore how indigenous peoples can unite to have a stronger voice since these communities will disproportionately feel the impacts of climate change; and Plan how indigenous youth can be promoted to take the lead on this conversation in the future.  Read more…

 

National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation - Washington, D.C., Oct 23-24, 2014    Join conservation practitioners and policy makers from across North America to share ideas on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in implementing large landscape conservation, as well as the most effective tools, strategies and science available to inform large landscape initiatives.  Presentation proposals due June 27.  Read more…

 

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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, Benjamin Zuckerberg

To join or register, visit: http://changingclimate.osu.edu/webinars/

 

Wednesday, June 4, 10:30 pm ET

Tribes & Climate Change webinars and events listing presents,

"ITEP Webinar: Climate Change Impacts on Forests"

David Peterson

To join or register, visit:  http://www4.nau.edu/tribalclimatechange/events.asp

 

Wednesday, Jun 4, 1:00 pm CT

U.S. Drought Portal presents, 

“NIDIS EPC Webinar on Remote Sensing and Drought Risk Management”

To register, visit:http://drought.gov/drought/news/nidis-epc-webinar-remote-sensing-and-dro...

 

Thursday, June 5, 10:00 am PT

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals presents, 

“Climate Change Impacts on Traditional Foods“ 

Mike Montoya, Mescalero Tribal Fish Hatchery, Mescalero Apache Tribe; Neil Patterson, Jr., Director, Tuscarora Environment Program, Tuscarora Nation; Cheryl Shippentower, Plant Ecologist, Department of Natural Resources, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

To register visit: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/climatechange/tcc_webinars.asp

 

Monday, June 9, 10:00 am PT

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals presents, 

“Climate Change Impacts on Tribal Water Resources“ 

Karletta Chief, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Department of Soil Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona; Karen Cozzetto, Interim Managing Director, Center for Water, Earth Science, and Technology (CWEST), University of Colorado Boulder

To register visit: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/climatechange/tcc_webinars.asp

 

Monday, June 16, 10:00 am PT

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals presents, 

“The Role of Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives“ 

Preston Hardison, Treaty Rights Office, Natural Resource Department, Tulalip Tribes; Kathy Lynn, Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project, Environmental Studies Program, University of Oregon; Kyle Powys Whyte, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University; Ann Marie Chischilly, Executive Director, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, Northern Arizona University

To register visit: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/climatechange/tcc_webinars.asp

 

Thursday, June 19, 10:00 am ET

South Atlantic Third Thursday Web Forum presents, 

"Beyond just sea level rise: incorporating climate into coastal wetland vulnerability assessments." 

Dr. Mike Osland, research ecologist with the USGS/National Wetlands Research Center and GCPO LCC

To register, visit: http://www.southatlanticlcc.org/events/south-atlantic-third-thursday-web...

 

Thursday, Jun 19, 1:00 pm CT

U.S. Drought Portal presents, 

“Midwest and Great Plains Drought Webinar”

To register, visit: http://drought.gov/drought/news/midwest-and-great-plains-drought-webinar...

 

 

Monday, June 23, 10:00 am PT

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals presents, 

“Communicating about Climate Change – From Impacts to Solutions“ 

Cara Pike, Director, Climate Access

To register visit: http://www4.nau.edu/itep/climatechange/tcc_webinars.asp

 

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Begins Irreversible Retreat; Significant Sea Level Rise Projected     Journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters published work from two independent groups of researchers announcing that a large portion of the West Antarctic ice sheet has begun an irreversible retreat and is projected to contribute to significant sea level rise in the next centuries. Read more…

 

Coral Reefs are Critical for Risk Reduction & Adaptation    New study shows that coral reefs provide risk reduction benefits to hundreds of millions of coastal inhabitants around the world.  Read more…

 

Northern Hemisphere Cracks 400 ppm CO₂ for Whole Month for First Time     Carbon dioxide levels exceeded 400 ppm across the Northern Hemisphere for the entire month of April, a significant climate-change milestone.  Read more…

 

Climate Change Accelerates Hybridization between Native and Invasive Species of Trout     Scientists have discovered that the rapid spread of hybridization between a native species and an invasive species of trout in the wild is strongly linked to changes in climate.  Read more…

 

New webinar series: Climate Change Impacts, Traditional Knowledge, and Communication    A series of four webinars will discuss impacts of climate change on tribal water resources and traditional foods, the role of traditional knowledge in climate change initiatives, and communicating about climate change. From ITEP with support from US EPA.  Read more…

 

Impact of the Polar Vortex on Grapes in Ohio    Earlier this year many of us experienced the “polar vortex” wrath, one of the coldest Arctic outbreaks in two decades that plunged into the United States bringing bitterly cold temperatures to the Midwest, South, and East including Ohio. Read more…

 

Connections count as temperatures rise    When it comes to surviving climate change, it’s all about connections. Animals and sometimes even plants are more likely to escape a habitat gone bad if routes to good ones exist. Of course, this assumes that good habitats — called “climate refugia”— also still exist. Toni Lyn Morelli (NE CSC Program Manager) is part of a team searching for climate refugia, and connections between them, in the Sierra Nevada. Read more…

 

Insurance Company Filed Lawsuits Against Chicago for Damages Caused by Climate Change    Illinois Famers Insurance Co. filed almost 200 class action lawsuits against Illinois municipalities and counties for damages caused by climate change-related heavy rainfall, specifically a large flood in April 2013. Read more…

 

NOAA Climate.gov wins two Webby Awards    The International Academy of the Digital Arts & Sciences selected NOAA Climate.gov to receive Webby Awards in the "Government" and "Green" categories. The site's Teaching Climate section also garnered a People's Voice Award in the "Green" category. Read more…

 

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UCS Report: National Landmarks at Risk     Rising seas, floods, and wildfires are threatening the United States' most cherished historic sites, according to a Union of Concerned Scientists report.  The growing consequences of climate change are putting many of the country's most iconic and historic sites at risk.  Read more…

 

Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaption Principles into Practice    This guide, developed by a broad collaboration of experts from federal, state, and non-governmental institutions, looks at how climate change already is affecting the nation’s wildlife and habitats, and addresses how natural resource managers will need to prepare for and adapt to these unprecedented changes. Read more…

 

Mapping Tool Gives Climate Change an Address    A new sea-level rise and coastal flood mapping tool for New England illustrates in stark detail the economic risks facing the region as sea levels swell, in large part from climate change. Read more…

 

Your Warming World    This interactive graphic displays results from a global analysis of surface temperatures from 1880 to the present called GISTEMP, produced by a team at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Find out how temperatures are changing in your backyard.  Read more…

 

Midwest Regional Climate Center: Product Highlight     The MRCC Living with Weather: Floods page discusses various types of floods and their causes, as well as the hazards of flooding, flood preparation and safety, and historical Midwest floods.  Read more…

 

New publication outlines steps for drought planning    Planning and Drought offers a comprehensive guide for citizens, planners, and communities to explore what drought is, how to track it, and how to mitigate its effects. The book includes eight case studies illustrating the range of drought's consequences and how different organizations prepared for and responded to them. Read more…

 

The Nature Conservancy’s Conservation Gateway    A resource for the conservation practitioner, scientist, and decision-maker, Conservationgateway.org is your go-to source for the latest in conservation science.  Read more…

 

COMET Program Makes Available Recorded Presentations from 2013 Climate Variability and Change Course    The five-day course provided extensive background on climate variability and change with emphasis on effective communication skills.  Content is geared towards those who already understand the foundations of climate science.  Read more...

 

Network of Mayors and Local Officials Share Report on Recommendations to the President's Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience    The report calls for modernizing federal emergency management and infrastructure programs to help communities better prepare for extreme weather and other climate change impacts.  Read more…

 

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Funding Opportunity to Benefit Landscape-Level Natural Resource Conservation and Management in the Midwest    The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) announced today a funding opportunity for research proposals that address high priority knowledge gaps associated with natural resource conservation and management across the nation’s heartland.  Read more…

 

PhD position to model effects of fuels treatments    Graduate research assistant opportunity in the Department of Forestry at the University of Missouri to model effects of fuels treatments on reduction of fire risk and restoration of oak-pine forests in Central Hardwood Forest landscapes.  Read more…

 

PhD position to forecast landscape change    Graduate research assistant opportunity in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri to work on a project Forecasting Landscape Change under Savannah and Woodland Restoration in Mixed Forest Ownerships. Read more…