NE CSC Newsletter

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center

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Register for Shifting Seasons Summit by Sept 15th!     College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute (CMN SDI) will host a 3-day summit on October 15th-17th, 2014, that will include information sharing and training related to Tribal climate change adaptation. This includes training for Tribes in adaptation planning and training for non-Tribal entities in how to best work and cooperate with Tribes. This event offers opportunities to network between indigenous practitioners, Tribal leaders & land managers, federal agencies, and climate change scientists.  Consider submitting a poster for the early career scientist poster session.  Deadline for registration and poster submission is Sept 15, 2014.  Read more…

 

Mark your calendars!  NE CSC Fall Webinar Series, "Engaging Stakeholders in Climate Adaptation"    Five speakers are lined up to present the progress of NE CSC funded projects.  Our theme for the fall will focus on how NE CSC science is engaging stakeholders in climate adaptation techniques and technologies.  Topics include forest adaptation, a stream temperature mapping tool, climate impacts to Great Lakes fisheries, structured decision making for headwater stream management, and a report from the upcoming "Shifting Seasons" Tribal Summit!  Mark your calendars for the webinars that interest you.  Read more… 

•                September 9 - 3:00pm ET: “Extreme Climate Events and Species Population Dynamics: Overriding Influence or Not Such a Big Deal?"  Keith Nislow, UMass Amherst

•                October 1 - 3:30pm ET: “Developing forest adaptation strategies for northern forests in an uncertain future"  Anthony D'Amato, University of Minnesota

•                October 9 - 3:00pm ET: “Collaborative Efforts, Current Issues and Research Priorities in Unconventional Gas Development"  Dr. Jared Cohon, Carnegie Mellon University

•                October 29 - 3:30pm ET: “NorEaST: A Stream Temperature Inventory Network and Decision Support Metadata Mapper"  Jana Stewart, USGS

•                November 5 - 3:30pm ET: “Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes”  Richard Kraus, USGS

•                November 12 - 3:30pm ET: “Transposing Extreme Rainfall to Assess Climate Vulnerability"  Ken Potter and David Liebl, UWisc

•                November 19 - 3:30pm ET: “Making decisions in complex landscapes: Headwater stream management across multiple agencies using structured decision making"  Rachel Katz, UMass Amherst

•                December 3 - 3:30pm ET: “Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation”  Chris Caldwell, College of Menominee Nation

 

New Publications from the NE CSC: 

•                Guyette, Richard P., Thompson Frank R., et al. 2014.  Future Fire Probability Modeling with Climate Change Data and Physical Chemistry.  Journal Society of American Foresters.

•                USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station.  2014.  Minnesota forest ecosystem vulnerability assessment and synthesis: a report from the Northwoods Climate Change Response Framework project.  

•                Fan, Fangxing, Bradley Raymond S., and Rawlins Michael A.  2014.  Climate change in the northeastern US: regional climate model validation and climate change projections.  Journal Climate Dynamics.

•                Ning, Liang, and Bradley Raymond S. 2014. Winter precipitation variability and corresponding teleconnections over the northeastern United States.  Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.

 

Upcoming Webinar: Extreme Climate Events and Species Population Dynamics: Overriding Influence or Not Such a Big Deal?       On September 9, Keith Nislow will discuss some of the basic determinants of population response to extreme events, using case studies based on long-term data from natural populations in the northeastern region, and present a modeling framework for evaluating the relative impacts of changes in timing, duration, and magnitude. Read More...

 

NE CSC at the Joint meeting of American Ornithologists’ Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, and Society of Canadian Ornithologists    William V. DeLuca is chairing a symposium on “Montane Bird Conservation Ecology” and Richard Feldman is presenting a paper on how climate change has affected the internal structure of bird species ranges in the US and Canada. Estes Park, CO. Sept 24-27.

 

Comparing Existing Ecological Systems Maps for the Eastern USA     On Friday June 13th, 2014, the workshop “Comparing Existing Ecological Systems Maps for the Eastern USA” was held at USFWS in Hadley MA. A discussion was led comparing the approaches, consistency, and challenges of aligning four ecological systems maps, 1) LandFire - Existing Vegetation Type (EVT), 2) The Nature Conservancy (TNC), 3) Southeast GAP (SEGAP), and 4) NatureServe (National Map).  Read more…

 

NE CSC PI Raymond Bradley Receives Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Chair for High Profile Research    Climate researcher and Distinguished Professor Raymond Bradley, director of the Climate System Research Center (CSRC) and co-director of the Northeast Climate Science Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received the Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award “in recognition of his courage, conviction and selflessness in devoting his time and talent to helping the University of Massachusetts to accomplish its goals.” Read more…

 

 

 

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NJADAPTis a collaborative effort consisting of scientists and data managers in academia, government, the private sector and the NGO community who have developed a strategic plan for a New Jersey platform to host and apply climate science and impacts data.   This effort has been supported by the New Jersey Recovery Fund, the New Jersey Coastal Management Program, and NOAA.  Read more...

 

 

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North Atlantic LCC

- Connecticut River Watershed Pilot: Landscape Conservation Design in Action

- Expanding Information Horizons:  NALCC Conservation Planning Atlas 

 

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

- Aligning State Wildlife Plans in the Ozark Highlands: A pilot for GCPO LCC landscape conservation design

- Snow Modeling Study Indicates Some Waterfowl Hunting May Have to Migrate North

 

 

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Climate Change and Southern New England Forests      September 23, 2014 in Amherst, MA. The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science is hosting a workshop on Climate Change and Southern New England Forests for natural resource professionals. A one-day session on September 23 will provide the latest scientific information the anticipated effects of climate change on local forest ecosystems, as well as describe resources for integrating this information into conservation and management activities. There is no cost to attend the event, but registration is required. Read more…

 

Register now for the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation    Conservation practitioners and policy-makers will meet in D.C. on Oct. 23-24 to consider innovative, landscape-scale initiatives that can provide measurable solutions to some of the most important land and water challenges. Early registration is being accepted through September 22.  Read more…

 

ITEP Climate Change Adaptation Training     The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals is offering several opportunities for Climate Change Adaptation related training. Different trainings will be held in Portland, OR on September 2-3, Norman,OK on October 7-9, and in Keshena, WI on October 15-17 at the Shifting Seasons Summit. Read More…

 

Training for Climate Adaptation in Conservation     December 8-10 in Brunswick, ME. The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science are hosting a two-day hands-on training, where participants will consider climate change information and identify adaptation actions for conservation planning and activities. It will also furnish participants with feedback and coaching on their own real-world climate adaptation project. Applications emphasizing conservation projects from the northeastern U.S. that are taking place in inland terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems are being accepted through September 15.  Read more…

 

 

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Thursday, August 28, 2:00 pm ET

The Landscape Conservation Cooperative Integrated Data Management Network seminar series presents,

“Next Generation Data Integration Challenges”

Tim Kern, USGS, Sean Finn, GNLCC, Jim Strittholt, CBI

To register, visit: https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/display/IDMN/Integrated+Data+Management+N...

 

Wednesday, September 3, 4:00 pm ET

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast webinar series presents,

“Environmental Governance as a System: Individuals, Organizations, and Stewardship Networks”

Erika Svendsen and Lindsay Campbell, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

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

 

Tuesday, Sept 9, 3:00 pm ET

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center presents, 

"Extreme Climate Events and Species Population Dynamics: Overriding Influence or Not Such a Big Deal?"

Keith Nislow, UMass Amherst

To register, visit: https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/354

 

Wednesday, September 24, 1:00 pm ET

US Forest Service Landscape Science webinar series presents,

“Climate change, crowdsourcing, and building the social networks needed for effective landscape conservation of native trouts”

Daniel Isaak, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station 

To join, visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/research/docs/landscape-science/webinar-series.pdf

 

 

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The double threat of climate and land use change enhances risks to biodiversity    Researchers have developed a new approach to measure the combined exposure of species to both climate and land use change. This new metric was used to assess the risk to species in the face of combined rates of climate and land use for the US from 2001 to 2051.  Read more...

 

Assessing Sand Resource Needs Along Massachusetts Coast     NE CSC Affiliate Investigator, Jon Woodruff and colleagues at UMass Amherst have received a $200,000 award from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to evaluate sand resource needs at 22 public beaches along the Massachusetts coast over the next two years, establishing baseline characteristics for the first time and providing the data needed for future restoration planning.  Read more…

 

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S.    Maps and charts updated weekly show the latest extent of the drought in the United States.  About 34 percent of the contiguous United States was in at least a moderate drought as of August 19.  Read more…

 

Scientists Predict Massive Urban Growth, Creation of 'Megalopolis' in Southeast in Next 45 Years    Urban areas in the Southeastern United States will double in size by 2060 unless there are significant changes to land development, according to a new study by the DOI’s Southeast Climate Science Center.  Read more…

 

Carbon Storage in U.S. Eastern Ecosystems Helps Counter Greenhouse Gas Emissions Contributing to Climate Change    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a new report showing that forests, wetlands and farms in the eastern United States naturally store 300 million tons of carbon a year. Read more…

 

A Real-Time West Nile Virus Threat Tool based on Climate Divisions for Illinois     In order to help determine the impact of climate on WNV outbreaks across the state, the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) has launched a new project.  Read more…

 

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Climate Connections public radio series    Produced by the Yale Center for Environmental Communication (YCEC), the series aims to help radio listeners understand how climate change is impacting our lives and what diverse people and organizations are doing to reduce the associated risks. Read more…

 

New Flood Resilience Checklist    EPA released a new tool to help communities prepare for, deal with, and recover from floods. Read more…

 

Minnesota Forest Ecosystem Vulnerability Assessment and Synthesis    This  assessment addresses forests in northern Minnesota covering a landscape of over 23 million acres. It is one of a series of similar  assessments throughout the Midwest and Northeast. Read more…

 

Combined speeds of climate and land-use change of the conterminous US until 2050    The integration of climate and land-use scenarios suggests diff_erent conservation prioritization strategies from climate velocities and species alone. Read more…

 

Maintaining Resilience in the Face of Climate Change    Authors discuss the resiliency of both ecological communities and resource management institutions in dealing with climate change. The authors suggest that a federal, publicly accessible, and system-wide portal containing information on the effects of climate change on ecological systems could help organizations become more resilient. Read More…

 

Comparison of Elevation and Remote Sensing Derived Products as Auxiliary Data for Climate Surface Interpolation      A comparison of several models and products showed strong agreement across large geographic areas, though climate surfaces generated in this study had greater variability at high elevation regions.  Read more…

 

Climate Informatics: Human Experts and the End-to-End System    The authors argue for a fundamental refocusing of cyberinfrastructure to support not only climate science per se, but also the broader use of climate information.  Read more…

 

Software for Assisted Habitat Modeling for VisTrails Training Course    VisTrails is an open-source management and scientific workflow system designed to integrate the best of both scientific workflow and scientific visualization systems. Read more…

 

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New Climate Funding Opportunities document     This document provides a snapshot of currently available, climate-related funding opportunities (as of July 8, 2014).  Read more…

 

Job Opportunity with North Atlantic LCC      A two-year LCC Coastal Resiliency Coordinator position is available through USA Jobs funded through Hurricane Sandy resiliency funding. The position will help oversee the LCC coastal resiliency projects and coordinate with other Hurricane Sandy resiliency efforts.  Advertisement closes September 12.  Read more…

 

Outreach and Program Manager Needed at the Southwest CSC      The SW CSC, housed at the University of Arizona, is looking for an Outreach and Program Manager to develop effective and innovative outreach strategies, coordinate communication between the research team and regional climate stakeholders, and coordinate communication among the research team itself. Read more…

 

Job Opportunity at SRIJB    The newly formed Science & Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRIJB) seeks a dynamic and innovative scientist with demonstrated leadership, administrative, and research accomplishments to serve as its Founding Director. The position is expected to be filled by October 1, 2014.  Read more…

 

Job Opportunity for Research Associate with ECS Federal    The NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has mandated responsibilities to conserve and protect over 400 species under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read more…

 

Job Opportunity - Climate and Fisheries    Coupling Marine Habitat Models of Living Marine Resources to Downscaled Global Climate Models in the U.S. Northeast Shelf.  Read more…

 

Job Opportunity with the MRCC    The Midwestern Regional Climate Center is pleased to be in a position to hire two climatologists that will help the center continue to provide climate data, information, outreach and research findings to the region’s stakeholders. Read more…