NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Upcoming webinar:  "NorEaST: A Stream Temperature Inventory Network and Decision Support Metadata Mapper”     On October 29th at 3:30 pm ET, Jana Stewart of USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center will present a webinar on the NorEaST web portal, which was developed to serve as a coordinated, multi-agency regional framework to map and store continuous stream temperature locations and data for New England, Mid Atlantic, and Great Lakes States. Stream temperature monitoring locations and metadata can be viewed for nearly 7900 monitoring locations across 22 states, contributed by 41 different organizations. The objectives of the project are to 1) Identify common data fields and structures that are state-of-the-art for maintaining water quality data.  Using this information, the PIs are building a data template and framework to store incoming stream temperature data; build web services to output these standards, and format select datasets to demonstrate applications of these data; 2) Conduct user testing to engage agencies and other users/data stewards to refine the web portal for data access and management purposes; and 3) Develop and apply models for targeted applications of selected data to demonstrate the utility of large scale, consistent stream temperature data in decision making.  Read more…


Upcoming webinar: “Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes”    On November 5 at 3:30pm ET, Richard Kraus of the USGS Lake Erie Biological Station presents.  It is predicted that climate change, which can result in increased temperature, eutrophication (the occurrence of excessive nutrients in a body of water), and changes to freshwater inputs, will alter food web dynamics and consequently the sustainability of fish populations in the Great Lakes, which provide significant multi-national fishery resources. This project evaluates aquatic food web structures as indicators of climate change to determine which fish species are most at risk. Analyses in the study will include 1) examination of the distribution of dominant prey and predator fishes, 2) variability in diet and food web position of fishes related to seasonal-driven habitat changes and 3) seasonal environmental variability as related to long-term climate change. Results will be used to serve management agency needs to adaptively maintain sustainable large lake fisheries.  Read more…


National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation      Join conservation practitioners and policy makers from across North America in Washington DC from October 23-24 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. The NE CSC has organized a session entitled, "The LCCs and CSCs: Working together to conserve landscapes in the face of climate change". Program Manager Toni Lyn Morelli will open with a talk on "LCC-CSC Collaborations: Projects and Progress" and will be followed by talks from LCC and CSC partners from across the country.  Read more…


Second Annual Fellows Retreat     The University of Missouri hosted the Second Annual NE CSC Fellows Retreat, October 8-11, 2014, at Reis Biological Station near Steelville, MO. Twenty-two graduate student and postdoctoral fellows from six NE CSC partner institutions gathered to share their research, meet with natural resource managers, develop interdisciplinary connections and collaborations, and learn about climate impacts to the Central Hardwoods forest ecosystem. There were a variety of field trips and activities, including with Leslie Brandt of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and District Ranger Becky Ewing and the interdisciplinary team on the Mark Twain National Forest.  A primary focus of the Retreat was to train Fellows how to work with stakeholders to develop successful climate adaptation tools and products from their research.  Read more…


New Article on Fiddler Crabs    NE CSC Fellow David Johnson from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA is author of "Fiddler on the Roof: A northern range extension for the marsh fiddler crab Uca pugnax" in the Journal of Crustacean Biology. The article documents the rapid movement of a warm-water species, the fiddler crab, into a cold water province (in this case, the Gulf of Maine) as a result of climate change.  Read more…


Recent Publications from the NE CSC: 

•                Kopp, R. E., Horton, R. et al. 2014. Probabilistic 21st and 22nd century sea‐level projections at a global network of tide gauge sites. Earth's Future.

•                W.S. Beatty, et al.  2014.  Landscape effects on mallard habitat selection at multiple spatial scales during the non-breeding period.  Landscape Ecology.

Recent Webinar recordings from the NE CSC: 

•                Anthony D’Amato, "Developing forest adaptation strategies for northern forests in an uncertain future"

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


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Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change    The U.S. faces significant economic risks from climate change. Because of its size and geographic diversity, these risks vary greatly between regions. The Risky Business Project focuses on quantifying and publicizing the economic risks from the impacts of a changing climate.  Read more…



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The LCC Network Strategic Planidentifies goals, objectives, and example tactics that support the Network's vision and mission in the areas of conservation strategy, collaborative conservation, science, and communications for the next 5 years.  Read more…


Piecing together perspectives and a Midwest landscape connected to the Gulf    Read what key participants had to say about the recent Mississippi River Basin/Gulf Hypoxia workshop sponsored by 7 LCCs across the central U.S. Read more…



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Community Capitals Framework Institute: Applications of the Community Capitals Framework in Natural Resource Planning, the Environment and Community Vitality   November 5-7, Lincoln, Nebraska.  This workshop will focus on issues related to water management, drought planning, evaluation, and rural and community development.  Read more…


Sea Level Rise and the Future of Coastal Cities    November 13-14, Boston, MA.  Hosted by Boston University, this conference will examine how cities are planning for and adapting to rising sea levels, extreme weather events and changing coast lines. Mayors, scientists, city and federal officials, urban planners and developers will come together to discuss the known and emerging threats. Together, they will examine the pioneering actions that can protect the future livability and sustainability of coastal cities.  Read more…


Urban Tree Conference, “Managing Urban Forests in a Changing Climate”     November 18–19, Lisle, Illinois. This two-day conference will focus on practical concerns for those who manage trees in cities and suburbs, such as how the changes in climate are expected to affect trees’ biology and growing conditions; shifts and increases in pests and diseases; managing for extreme storms and severe drought; and how trees can help communities adapt to conditions such as greater stormwater loads. Read more…


LCC/CSC Symposium at the Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference - Abstracts due Oct 24    Feb 8-11, Indianapolis, IN. “Natural Resource Management in an Increasingly Connected World”  Read more…


2nd National Adaptation Forum - Proposals due Oct 24th   May 12-14, 2015 in St. Louis, MO.  A biennial gathering of the adaptation community to foster information exchange, innovation and mutual support for a better tomorrow. At the Forum, participants learn how to make their work climate-informed, share what they have learned with others, and develop a stronger network of collaborative peers.  Read more…




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NCCWSC and CSCs Contribute to National Fish, Wildlife & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy    National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the CSCs are proud to contribute by working to increase science and knowledge about the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife and plants. Read more…


Decades of Conservation Success Recover Delmarva Fox Squirrel, Now Proposed for Removal from Endangered Species List    Secretary Jewell announced today that due to concerted conservation efforts by landowners and other partners, the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel, one of the animals included on the first list of endangered species nearly a half century ago, has recovered across many parts of its historic range.  Sea level rise was considered in an an extensive review of the best scientific and commercial data available, led for many years by current NE CSC Director Mary Ratnaswamy.  Read more…


Are There Places That Buffer Species from Climate Change? If so, Where are They, and Can Species Get There?     This project, led by NE CSC Program Manager and Postdoctoral Fellow Toni Lyn Morelli, identified climate change refugia and connectivity among meadows across the Sierra Nevada and used data on persistence, stability, and genetic diversity of mammal populations to validate these hypotheses. Read more…


Building Community Resilience by Strengthening America’s Natural Resources and Supporting Green Infrastructure    The Obama Administration is announcing new executive actions and a series of private and public sector commitments that will improve the management of our natural resources in the context of a changing climate and support investment in green infrastructure.  Read more…


Salt Marsh Strategies: How Plum Island is Holding Up Against Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change    NE CSC Affiliate Anne Giblin and colleagues are watching how the salt marshes in the Plum Island Estuary in northern Massachusetts are bearing up as the climate warms, sea level rises, and coastal development stresses their ecological integrity. Read more…


Global Warming Reshaping Bird Communities in Northeast    Climate change should not be viewed as the sole driver of changes in winter bird communities, but this signal is a pretty strong one for climate change  Read more…


The Many Faces of Climate Change: Resilient Chicago Highlights     Recently, the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC), along with Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG), the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and the Illinois State Climatologist Office hosted the Resilient Chicago: Climate Planning for the Future workshop in downtown Chicago  Read more…



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Video: "Listening for the Rain" Gives First-Hand Look into Climate Change Effects on Tribes     This new video, produced by researchers at the University of Oklahoma and supported by the SC CSC, highlights interviews with members of Native American tribes who have observed, first-hand, the effects of climate change on important natural and cultural resources. See video…


Past, Present and Future Climates Go Hand in Hand with Tribes    Collaboration between federal Climate Science Centers, partner agencies and tribes is vital for minimizing and adapting to potential harmful effects of climate change on human society and surrounding ecosystems, according to a newly-released U.S. Geological Survey circular.  Read more…


NIACS Vulnerability Assessment Published for northern Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula    Over 40 managers and researchers contributed to the report, from a range of federal, state, tribal, non-profit, academic, and private organizations. Read more…


“Place, Memory, and Climate Change”     NE CSC Affiliate David Glassberg published the lead article in the August 2014 issue of “The Public Historian”.  The issue is entirely devoted to public history and environmental sustainability.  Read more…


Understanding Traditional Knowledges in the Context of Climate Change     This informational resource was developed by a self-organized, informal group and is useful for tribes, agencies, and organizations across the United States to build an understanding of how Traditional Knowledges may inform climate change initiatives.  Read more…


CAKE Highlight: The State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region    The intent of this report is to provide a brief overview of key climate change impacts and a review of the prevalent work occurring on climate change adaptation in the Great Lakes region, especially focusing on activities in the natural and built environments as they relate to freshwater resources. Read more…


Green Growth: A U.S. Program for Controlling Climate Change and Expanding Job Opportunities    UMass Amherst research group published a book-length study that develops a comprehensive unified program to dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions while expanding job opportunities. Read more…


Assoc Climate Change Officers (ACCO) Publishes Report on Public Sector Response to Sea Level Rise    This paper focuses on the challenges and opportunities of addressing sea level rise related risks. Read more…



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River Fisheries Modeler    National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, Reston, Virginia.  Identify novel ways to estimate river fish production on a global scale; will be responsible for developing data-limited production models for river fisheries using non-traditional approaches and managing a global river fisheries database. Posting 0252.  Read more…


Research Assistant Opportunity     The State Climate Office of North Carolina at NC State University is seeking a Research Assistant to support an emerging venture with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) focused on supporting climate preparedness of working lands in the south through newly formed Southeast Regional Climate Hub (SERCH). Read more…


Postdoctoral Opportunity     Department of Geography, Rutgers University. Adaptations of Fish and Fishing Communities to Rapid Climate Velocities.  Read more…


Postdoctoral Opportunity     Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, Princeton University.  Develop projections of coastal and/or marine habitats and the response of living marine resources using downscaled global climate models for the U.S. Northeast Shelf Large Marine Ecosystem.  Requisition number 1400522.  Read more…



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Tuesday, October 21, 1:00pm ET

EMB Tools Network Webinar and Office Hour Series presents, 

"A Guide to Tools for Landscape Conservation Planning"

Patrick Crist and Kat Maybury, NatureServe. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents, 

"Nuisance flooding, tipping points and sea level rise along the U.S. Coast"

William Sweet, NOAA/NOS Oceanographer

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Wednesday, October 28, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents, 

"Use of the Social Values of Ecosystem Services in Managing Marine Protected Areas"

Jarrod Loerzel, Hollings Marine Lab

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Tuesday, October 28, 2:00pm ET

NCCWSC Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series presents,

"Climate Change and Federal Land Management: Assessing Priorities Using a Social Network Approach"

Mark Schwartz, University of California, Davis

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Wednesday, October 29, 2:30pm ET

DOE Tribal Energy Program's Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents,

"Putting it all Together"

Strategic Technical Assistance Response Team (START) Program and the Indian Country Energy and Infrastructure Working Group

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Wednesday, October 29, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents,

"NorEaST: A Stream Temperature Inventory Network and Decision Support Metadata Mapper"

Jana Stewart, USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center

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Thursday, October 30, 1:00pm ET

EMB Tools Network Webinar and Office Hour Series presents,

"Educating the Public about Climate Change Threats Using Role-Play Simulations: The New England Climate Adaptation Project"

Carri Hulet, the Consensus Building Institute; Tonna-Marrie 

Surgeon-Rogers, Waquoit Bay NERR; Steve Miller, Great Bay NERR

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Tuesday, November 4, 12:00 PM ET

The Useful to Usable (U2U) project presents,

“Do extreme events cause a shift in climate change beliefs?  A study of the 2012 Midwestern US drought and agriculture corn affected by drought”

Dr. Stuart Carlton, Texas Sea Grant/Texas A&M University at Galveston

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Wednesday, November 5, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents,

"Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes"

Richard Kraus, USGS Lake Erie Biological Station

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Thursday, November 6, 1:00pm ET

Conservation Biology Institute presents, 

"Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour"

Tosha Comendant, Conservation Biology Institute

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Wednesday, November 19, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"A Movie - Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea"

Karen Anspacher-Meyer, Executive Director of Green Fire Productions

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Wednesday, November 12, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents,

"NOAA Environmental Cooperative Science Center"

Lonnie Gonsalves, NOAA/NCCOS/CCHEBR/Marine Disease and Restoration 

Ecology Brance

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Wednesday, November 12, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents,

"Transposing Extreme Rainfall to Assess Climate Vulnerability"

Ken Potter, University of Wisconsin - Madison

David Liebl, University of Wisonsin - Cooperative Extension

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