NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, June 12, 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; and 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…

 

Job Opportunities with the NE CSC    The Northeast Climate Science Center along with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking applicants for three research positions.  Hires will join an active group of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students engaged in research projects funded by the Department of Interior, NOAA, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more…

 

Climate change refugia workshops    Dr. Toni Lyn Morelli, Program Manager of the Northeast Climate Science Center, facilitated 4 days of discussions among scientists and NPS and USFS resource managers on the topic of climate change refugia.  These workshops were part of a larger effort to develop the refugia concept into a tool for climate adaptation and were supported by a grant from the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  Read more...

 

Upcoming presentations from the NE CSC: 

•                Forest Guild National Meeting: D’Amato, A.W. "Silvicultural scenarios under a changing climate."  Burlington, VT.  June 20.

•                USFS Region 9 Silviculture Workshop: Palik, B. "Developing strategies for managing black ash forests in the face of emerald ash borer."  Bemidji State University, Bemidji, MN.  June 24.           

 

New Publications from the NE CSC: 

•                Trumbo, B.A., Nislow, et al. 2014. Ranking Site Vulnerability to Increasing Temperatures in Southern Appalachian Brook Trout Streams in Virginia: An Exposure-Sensitivity Approach. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 

•                Reinikainen, M.R., A.W. D’Amato, et al. 2014. Influence of stocking, site quality, stand age, low-severity canopy disturbance, and forest composition on sub-boreal aspen mixed wood carbon stocks.  Canadian Journal of Forest Research.           

•                Guyette, Richard P., Frank R. Thompson III, et al.  2014.  Future fire probability modeling with climate change data and physical chemistry.  Forest Science.

•                Brandt, Leslie; He, Hong; Iverson, Louis; Thompson, Frank R., et al.  2014.  Central Hardwoods ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework project.  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station.

 

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The Climate Inspectoris an interactive web application developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which expands GIS mapping and graphing capabilities to visualize possible temperature and precipitation changes throughout the 21st century. The maps and graphs are generated from a large dataset of climate simulations by the NCAR Community Climate System Model and prepared for the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC.  With Climate Inspector you can explore how temperature and precipitation may change based on different emission trajectories, investigate climate changes around the globe and through time, inspect climate trends, variability and uncertainty, and download maps and data.  Visit: http://gisclimatechange.ucar.edu/inspector

 

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North Atlantic LCC

A Window of Opportunity, the LCC and Northeast states have agreed to work together to develop a collaborative approach to map Northeast Regional Conservation Opportunity Areas

Investing in four science delivery projects that will serve as examples of applied landscape conservation science in the Northeast

 

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

Collaborative Science Projects to Benefit Fish, Wildlife and Communities of Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.  Urban conservation, climate adaptation and aquatic connectivity among key research themes.

 

Appalachian LCC

2013 Annual Report highlights these key achievements taking place across the broader Appalachian region and National LCC Network

Support for Understanding Land Use and Climate Change in the Appalachian Landscape

Riparian Restoration Decision Support Tool 

 

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Workshop: Intersection of Climate Change and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in Indian Country     June 24-25, Lawrence, KS. This workshop will provide practical instruction and assistance to inform tribal decision-makers on: the requirements and latest developments in NEPA compliance and litigation; the role of tribal, federal and state regulators in the NEPA process. Read more…

 

Conference: 2014 Rising Seas Summit     September 24-26, New York, NY. Understanding, anticipating and adapting to water related threats is critical to national security and a stable economy. These new environmental challenges require that stakeholders share knowledge and work together to reduce and mitigate environmental and social degradation induced by climate change. Read more…

 

Training: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments    Sept 30 – October 2, 2014 in Lacrosse WI. Offered by the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans: (1) identifying which species or habitats are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and (2) understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable. Read more…

 

The 15th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Energy and Climate Change    January 27-29, 2015 in Washington DC.  Organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), it will engage over 1,200 key individuals from diverse fields of science and engineering, government and policy, business, and civil society to develop solutions, partnerships, and initiatives.  Session Proposals due July 18th.  Read more…

 

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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-forum-2

 

Thursday, June 19, 2:00 pm ET

Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions present, 

“Partnerships between Water and Energy Utilities to Address Water/Energy Challenges” 

To register, visit: http://www.c2es.org/science-impacts/adaptation/water-energy-webinar-series

 

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-jun-19-2014

 

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

 

Tuesday, July 1, 3:00 pm ET

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center presents, 

"Sea-level Rise Modeling Handbook: Resource Guide for Coastal Land Managers, Engineers, and Scientists”

Thomas W. Doyle, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA

To register, visit:  https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/332

 

Tuesday, July 10, 1:00 pm ET

EMB Tools Network Webinar and Office Hour Series presents,

"Building Capacity to Sustainably Manage Increasing Recreational Uses in Marine Protected Areas"

Priscilla Brooks, and Charlie Wahle

To join or register, visit:  http://openchannels.org/upcoming-events/webinar/building-capacity-sustainably-manage-increasing-recreational-uses-mpas

 

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Obama Climate Plan Relies on States    Rather than imposing a uniform standard for reducing power plant carbon emissions, the regulation unveiled on Monday offers the states flexibility to pick from a menu of policy options. Read more…

 

NIACS partners with National Park Service on Adaptation Demonstration    NIACS partnered with the NPS Climate Change Response Program and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park to assist the Park in integrating climate change impacts, challenges, and opportunities into its long-term management practices. The Park, located in Woodstock, VT, contains the oldest continuously professionally managed forest in North America.  Read more… 

 

Climate-informed Forest Stewardship planning  through Adaptation Demonstrations     Northeastern Area and NIACS are helping to fund two examples of climate-informed Forest Stewardship planning and implementation in Minnesota.  Read more at Rajala Companies and Nelson Family.

 

Vermont Climate Change Report Warns Of Catastrophic Flood Risk    It was the first state report to follow the model of the National Climate Assessment released last month by the White House, which was intended to help U.S. states prepare for concrete ways a changing climate could affect agriculture, transportation and other aspects of life.  Read more…

 

Maine’s fish species move north as climate warms up     The climate has warmed in Maine and Vermont more than in every other state in the past 30 years, a shift that scientists say is evident in the species of fish and birds that are moving into or out of northern New England.  Read more…

 

Forest County Potawatomi Renewables Program Nets EPA Top 30 Nod    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently listed the Potawatomi among its Top 30 Local Governments and Top 100 Green Power users in the federal Green Power Partnership.  Read more…

 

Videos of DISCCRS VIII Symposium Scholars      Scholars answer two questions, 1. What do you want to know about climate change? (brief overview of research interests appropriate for a non-specialist audience); 2. What do you wish everyone knew about climate change? (perspectives on the most important thing for the general public to understand about climate change).  Read more… 

 

New England's Once Acid-Plagued Red Spruce Thriving Amid Climate Change     Red spruce, a tree species that researchers thought was doomed because of acid rain, is now growing faster than ever. The story of the red spruce hints that with a changing climate, there will be some species that are winners while others are losers. Read more…

 

US hottest spots of warming: Northeast, Southwest    Northeastern states — led by Maine and Vermont — have gotten the hottest in the last 30 years in annual temperature, gaining 2.5 degrees on average. Read more…

 

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Climate Change Vulnerability Report Recommends Assessment Method     A synthesis report compiled and reviewed existing vulnerability assessments, compared strengths and weaknesses of methodologies used, and recommended a vulnerability assessment method for adoption by the Appalachian LCC. An assembled Panel of climate experts combed the climate change literature to assist NatureServe in discerning the most appropriate methodologies for use in the region. Read more…

 

EPA’s Clean Power Plan    This plan is part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants - the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States - by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. Read more…

 

EPA Adds Four New Climate Change Indicators to Report    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the third addition of the Climate Change Indicators report, naming four new indicators of climate change: Lyme disease, warmer and cooler days, wildfires, water level and temperature of the Great Lakes. Read more…

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Completion of National Wetlands Database and Interactive Mapping Tool    The Wetlands Inventory Mapper is an invaluable aid to landowners, developers, government planners and permitting authorities, conservation organizations and academic institutions in their collective efforts to ensure wetland conservation and inform economic development.  Read more…

 

Hurricane Season has Arrived    For residents of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, it’s time to prepare for hurricane season by visiting Ready.gov for the latest on what to do before, during or after a storm.  Read more…

 

New Publication - Hurricane Sandy: Observations and Analysis of Coastal Change    As a part of the National Assessment of Coastal Change Hazards project, the U.S. Geological Survey collected post-Hurricane Sandy oblique aerial photography and lidar topographic surveys to document the changes that occurred as a result of the storm. Read more…

 

UNFCCC Reports on Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge for Adaptation     This report provides a summary of the joint meeting on available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation.  Read more...

 

What’s In A Name? Global Warming vs Climate Change    The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication found that the term "global warming" is associated with greater public understanding, emotional engagement, and support for personal and national action than the term "climate change."  Read more…

 

Study Demonstrates Shift from Snow to Rain Leads to Decrease in Streamflow    The study demonstrates that a higher fraction of precipitation falling as snow is associated with higher mean streamflow, compared to catchments with marginal or no snowfall. Read more…

 

Report: Next Steps for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate    The report was developed by the Water Resources Adaptation to Climate Change Workgroup that supports the Advisory Committee on Water Information - a national federal advisory committee made up of representatives of a diverse set of stakeholders and federal agencies. Read more…

 

CAKE Highlight: Sea Level Rise Adaptation: Emerging Lessons for Local Policy Development    Many coastal communities across the United States are beginning to plan for climate-related sea level rise. While impacts and solutions will vary with local conditions, jurisdictions which have begun this process seem to pass through three common stages when developing policy for local sea level rise adaptation.  Read more…

 

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$1.7 Million in Resource Conservation Funds Available for Projects across Maine     The Nature Conservancy seeks proposals for competitive grants from the Maine Natural Resources Conservation Program.  Letters of intent due June 30.  Read more…

 

Climate Solutions University is accepting applications    The Model Forest Policy Program, a nonprofit organization, is accepting applicants for its 2015 Climate Solutions University: Forest & Water Strategies.  This program assists communities in developing adaptation plans. Read more…