NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center


------ NE CSC NEWS: ----------------------------------------------------

NE and SE CSC workshop addressing sea level rise at Cape Romain NWR    Under NE CSC and SE CSC funding, managers and Project Leaders from four Atlantic coast Refuges (SC Lowcountry Complex, NC Coastal Plain Complex, Chesapeake Marshlands Complex and Paker River NWR) met from June 2nd to 6th, 2014, at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV, to work with ecologists, decision scientists, geographers, natural resource economists and social scientists to address decisions about long- and short-term coastal adaptation strategies.  Read more…

 

NE CSC Fellow attends Northwest Climate Boot Camp    Ethan Coffel of Columbia University traveled west this summer to spend a week with other CSC fellows and learn about how the Northwest views the impacts of climate change.  “There was also a significant focus on the impacts of environmental change on the native tribes in Oregon – we visited the Siletz and Warm Springs reservations and talked with tribal elders about their response to changes in plant and animal life on their territory.”  Read more…

 

Student interns made important contributions to CSCs last academic year    Providing education and training opportunities for the next generation of scientists and managers is a priority at the Climate Science Centers (CSCs). These opportunities include internships, research fellowships, retreats, and networking events. CSC interns also provide crucial support for CSC initiatives. Read more…

 

Recent Publications from the NE CSC: 

•                Russell, M.B., C.W. Woodall, S. Fraver, A.W. D’Amato, G.M. Domke, and K.E. Skog. 2014. Residence time and decay for downed woody debris biomass/carbon in eastern US forests.  Ecosystems

•                Horton, R. M., & Liu, J. 2014. Beyond Hurricane Sandy: What Might the Future Hold for Tropical Cyclones in the North Atlantic? Journal of Extreme Events.

Upcoming Presentations from the NE CSC: 

•                Michelle Staudinger, Shifting Seasons Summit, October 15-17:   Climate Change in the Northeast Region 

•                Toni Lyn Morelli, National Workshop on Large Landscapes Conservation, October 24:  Session: The LCCs and CSCs: Collaborating to conserve landscapes in the face of climate change

 

------ FEATURED RESOURCE: ---------------------------------------------

“iCoast – Did the Coast Change?”    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) just launched a new crowdsourcing, citizen science application that asks users to identify changes to the coast by comparing and tagging aerial photographs taken before and after storms. Your contributions help USGS scientists improve the accuracy of coastal erosion prediction models and vulnerability assessments that support pre-storm planning and post-storm rescue, recovery, and mitigation efforts. It is also a great educational tool for teaching students and even coastal residents about coastal hazards.  Read more…

 

 

 

------ LCC NEWS HIGHLIGHTS: ---------------------------------------------

North Atlantic LCC

LCC Announces Coastal Resiliency Coordinator Position 

Restoring Aquatic Connectivity While Increasing Resiliency for Culverts

 

Appalachian LCC

Cheat Canyon is West Virginia’s Newest Conserved Natural Area

Appalachian LCC Science Coordinator Position Announcement

 

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC

LCC Approves Five Project Proposals for Funding

 

 

------ UPCOMING EVENTS: --------------------------------------------------

People’s Climate March     September 21, New York City.  World leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.  Join the biggest climate march in history on September 21 to show your support!  Read more…

 

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…

 

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment     Sep 30- Oct 2, 2014, LaCrosse WI. Regionally specific training from the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Landscape Conservation Cooperative.  Read more…

 

UMass Lowell's Climate Change Teach-In: Taking the High Ground:  Real Actions to Address Global Climate Change     October 7, 4-6 PM, UMass Lowell.  Find out what leading experts on climate change, communication, and policy are saying about our choices today and our world tomorrow.  Add your voice to the discussion on our campus, in our community, and beyond.  Read more and register…

 

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. Secretary Jewell will keynote.  Read more…

 

Communicating about Climate Impacts and Engaging Stakeholders in Solutions      October 28 & 29 at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm in Wells, ME, $65. Join climate and environmental communications expert Cara Pike to help you develop effective concrete framing and public engagement strategies in support of climate action and sustainability goals. Read more…

 

 

------ WEBINARS: ------------------------------------------------------------

Tuesday, September 23, 1:15 PM ET

Security and Sustainability forum presents,

“Connecting Oceans and Cities: Rethinking a Crucial Relationship to Drive Innovative and Sustainable Urban Development”

Richard Burroughs, University of Delaware

To register, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/931272985

 

Thursday, September 25, 12:00 pm ET

The Ohio State Changing Climate webinar series presents,

“NOAA Climate Resources”

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

 

Friday, October 17, 2:00 PM ET

MS-AL Sea Grant Consortium presents, 

“Risky Business, The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States” 

To register, visit: https://masgc.webex.com/masgc/j.php?MTID=mba7c757e36332682cb00f64289e5636f

           

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 1:00 PM ET

USFS Urban Forest Connections webinar series presents, 

“Tree Risk Assessment for Municipal Officials”

Paul Ries, Oregon Department of Forestry; Jerry Mason, Mason and Stricklin, LLC

To join, visit: http://www.fs.fed.us/research/urban-webinars/

 

 

 

------ OTHER NEWS: -------------------------------------------------

Northeast Climate Hub partners with 12 Universities    This partnership effort between USDA and land grant universities (including UMass Amherst) will give the region’s farmers, foresters, and land managers better access to information and tools for adapting to climate and weather variability.  Read more…

 

Climate Change Solutions for Coastal Communities    The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been awarded a grant to help coastal communities find solutions to effects of global warming such as ocean acidification, coastal flooding, sea-level rise, coastal water quality, and ocean climate warming. Read more…

 

As the seas rise, a slow-motion disaster gnaws at America’s shores    A Reuters analysis finds that flooding is increasing along much of the nation’s coastline, forcing many communities into costly, controversial struggles with a relentless foe.  Read more…

 

 

------ RESOURCES: -----------------------------------------------------

Regional Guides Developed for Teaching the 2014 National Climate Assessment      A series of guides for educators that focus on the regional chapters of the 2014 National Climate Assessment Report, helping to explain the key messages of each region and point to related, high-quality online resources. Read more…

 

Audubon Climate Report    Shrinking and shifting ranges could imperil nearly half of U.S. birds within this century.  Read more…

 

Cities May Simulate the Effects of Climate Change     Due to the urban heat island effect, researchers from the Southeast Climate Science Center have shown that cities may be an appropriate tool for developing and testing hypotheses about the biological impacts of climate change.  Read more…

 

Offshore Methane Leaks Discovered Along East Coast    A new study on methane leakage was published in Nature Geoscience, finding that 570 seeps on the seafloor are releasing methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, along the East Coast of the United States.  Read more…

 

Climate Solutions University (CSU)     Aids local rural communities, connected through a peer learning network, by offering training, expertise, and support in climate adaptation planning. Read more…

 

Michigan Climate Change Bulletins    NIACS and Michigan State University Extension worked together to produce "Forest Management in a Changing Climate," a 5-part bulletin series for foresters and natural resource managers in Michigan. Read more…

 

CAKE Highlight: What Could Changing Great Lakes Water Levels Mean for our Coastal Communities?     Climate change projections suggest continued changes in the hydrology (the movement of water) of the Great Lakes region, including higher risk of more intense drought and flooding, and changes in the factors that influence Great Lakes water levels. Read more…

 

NOAA Study Looks at Sea Level Rise and Nuisance Flood Frequency     The report concludes that any acceleration in sea level rise predicted to occur this century will further intensify nuisance flooding impacts over time and will further reduce the time between flood events. Read more…

 

Ecosystem services: changes in global value    In a recent paper in Global Environmental Change, authors looked at the extent that societies rely on the natural world, and the amount of capital that has been lost due to decreasing ecosystems. Read more…

 

CAKE Highlight: Resilient Monroe Resource Atlas    Resilient Monroe is a land-use planning and community design project in southeast Michigan sponsored by the City of Monroe, Frenchtown Charter Township and Monroe Charter Township. Together, these three local governments are planning for successful, resilient community adaptation to the social, environmental and economic challenges presented by climate change. Read more…

 

 

------ OPPORTUNITIES: ---------------------------------------------------

National Science Foundation - Coastal Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (Coastal SEES)     The program seeks proposals from interdisciplinary research teams to conduct integrated coastal systems research (which may include theoretical, field, laboratory, or modeling activities). Deadline October 2, 2015.  Read more…

 

National Science Foundation - Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB)    The solicitation includes a list of potential thematic areas for research proposals that includes, but is not limited to, research relating to external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals. Deadline January 30, 2015. Read more…

 

National Science Foundation - Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change program    The scientific objectives of this program are to 1) provide comprehensive paleoclimate data sets that can serve as model test data sets analogous to instrumental observations; and 2) enable transformative syntheses of paleoclimate data and modeling outcomes to understand the response of the long-term variability of the Earth’s climate system. Deadline October 15, 2014. Read more…

 

Georgetown Climate Center - Federal Funding Compendium for Urban Heat Adaptation     This document collects and analyzes information relating to 44 separate federal programs that support cities and states that are interested in reducing the impacts of urban heat. Read more…

 

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Climate Adaptation Fund    Grants are available for on- the-ground projects that focus on implementing conservation actions for climate adaptation at a landscape scale. The grants required a 1:1 match with a maximum of 50% of match funding from in-kind sources. Read more…