NE CSC Newsletter

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

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Video: NE CSC Fellows - Their Science and Their Stakeholders     The NE CSC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows are actively engaged in research that provides scientific information and tools that natural resource managers can use to aid climate adaptation in the Northeast region.  What are they working on and who will benefit from their research?  Watch the video!

Spring Webinar Series: Engaging Stakeholders in Climate Adaptation    Mark your calendar for the dates of the NE CSC’s spring webinar series.  We’ll feature several NE CSC-funded projects that highlight strong stakeholder engagement at various phases of research design and science delivery.  Speakers include Frank Thompson, University of Missouri; Brian Sturtevant, US Forest Service; Brian Irwin and Craig Paukert, USGS Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Units; Mark Anderson, The Nature Conservancy; and David Diamond, Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership.  Read more…

NE CSC-funded Completed Project: Evaluation of Ecological Systems Classification and Mapping in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.     The overall goal of this project was to compare maps and classification systems from various producers to identify opportunities for consolidating the strongest qualities in each mapping system to produce a ‘best map’ for the Northeastern and Midwestern U.S.  Read more…

Headed to AGU?  Check out the NE CSC Presentations!    As you make your rounds at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting next week, plan to stop by for a poster or a talk by one of our NE CSC Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows or another NE CSC funded project.  There will be several presentations covering a variety of Northeast US climate adaptation topics.  Read more...

LCC/CSC Symposium at the 2015 Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference    Join NE CSC investigators in Indianapolis on February 9-10 to discuss current and future directions of landscape and climate science in the Midwest.  LCCs and CSCs will highlight work on landscape-level projects, climate change & birds, human dimensions & land use.  Register by December 19th.  Read more…

Recent Publications from the NE CSC: 

•                Russell, M.B., Woodall, C.W., D'Amato, A.W., et al., 2014. Technical note: Linking climate change and downed woody debris decomposition across forests of the eastern United States. Biogeosciences.

•                Little, C. M., Horton, R. M., et al., 2014. Uncertainty in 21st century CMIP5 sea level projections. Journal of Climate.

•                Petkova, E. P., Bader, D. A., Anderson, G. B., Horton, R. M., et al., 2014. Heat-Related Mortality in a Warming Climate: Projections for 12 US Cities. International journal of environmental research and public health.

Recent Webinar recordings from the NE CSC: 

•                Rachel Katz: “Making decisions in complex landscapes: Headwater stream management across multiple agencies using structured decision making”

•                Chris Caldwell: “Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation"


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Explore Resources from the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit      The Climate Resilience Toolkit provides resources and a framework for understanding and addressing climate change impacts. Information is available in different categories including: identifying problems, determining vulnerabilities, investigating options, evaluating risks and costs, and taking action.  Read more…



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North Atlantic LCC

As innovative landscape design takes shape, partners focus on next steps

Momentum for collaborative conservation grows at regional conservation partnerships gathering

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

New Look and Improved Organization for the Conservation Planning Atlas

Appalachian LCC

The GIS & Conservation Planning Tool, accomplishing the vision of landscape-scale conservation planning in the Appalachians 



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2015 Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference     Join over 800 biologists and students from state, federal and tribal natural resource agencies across the 13 Midwestern states.  Register by December 19th.  Read more…

Climate Leadership Conference     Con­nect­ing Peo­ple, Inno­va­tion, and Opportunity. February 23-25, 2015 in Washington, DC. Read more…



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The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report     The IPCC released its Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report warning that greenhouse gas levels are at the highest they have been in 800,000 years. Read more…


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe named Climate Action Champion by White House     This Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan demonstrates a holistic approach to climate action and preparedness through their energy strategy, emergency operations plan, integrated resource management plan, solid waste management plan, sustainable development code, and land use planning process, with ambitious goals including a net-zero energy goal. See other Northeast Champions - Read more…


Stunning NASA Visualization Reveals Secret Swirlings of Carbon Dioxide    A striking visualization of how carbon dioxide flows around the world. In the simulation, plumes of the greenhouse gas gush into the atmosphere from major industrial centers, swirling from continent to continent on the winds of global weather systems.  Read more…


Climate Change Could Affect Future of Lake Michigan Basin    Climate change could lengthen the growing season, make soil drier and decrease winter snowpack in the Lake Michigan Basin by the turn of the century, among other hydrological effects. Read more…


USDA Climate Hubs New Website Launches      New online resource for information about the USDA Climate Hubs launched this month. Read more…


Presidential Task Force Recommendations for Climate Resilience     President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience delivered its recommendations on ways the Federal Government can better support the needs of communities in preparing for a changing climate.  Read more…


Preparing for Climate Change: WHOI Scientists Get MacArthur Grant    Four Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute scientists been awarded a $1 million grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to develop science-based climate change adaption solutions for coastal communities. Read more…



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Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledges in Climate Change Initiatives     These guidelines are intended to examine the significance of traditional knowledges in relation to climate change and the potential risks to indigenous peoples in the U.S. for sharing traditional knowledges in federal and other non-indigenous climate change initiatives. Read more…


Climate remains an important driver of post-European vegetation change in the eastern United States    New publication reviews drought and forests in the Northeast.  Read more…


Special Issue - "Come High Water: Sea Level Rise and the Chesapeake Bay"     This special report explores the scientific understanding and projections of the rate of sea level rise in the Chesapeake region, focusing on the role of climate change; the effects on people and the environment; and the adaptations and policy responses that are underway or under consideration. Read more…


Researchers Explore Threats to Inland Fisheries, Important Contributors to Global Food Security    Researchers from several different organizations, including the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, recently published a paper exploring several major threats to inland fisheries, which are an important part of ensuring global food security now and in the future. Read more…


USGS Study on Current and Potential Climate Changed Hydrologic Conditions in the Lake Michigan Basin    The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is the largest public investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. This report presents basin-scale simulated current and forecasted climatic and hydrologic conditions in the Lake Michigan Basin. Read more…


Report Recommends Actions for Future of Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources     The Johnson Foundation released "Navigating to New Shores: Seizing the Future for Sustainable and Resilient U.S. Freshwater Resources," a report intended to provide a platform for leaders as they address water resource and infrastructure challenges. Read more…


New Publications Explore Effects of Land Use and Climate Change on Stream Temperature and Freshwater Mussels     A set of two new publications explores and projects future stream temperatures under different scenarios of land use and climate change and the resulting effects on freshwater life. Read More…  


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Job Opportunity: Climate Central - Sea Level Rise Program Director    Lead the growth of a highly dedicated and successful team working at the intersection of climate change science, mass media, online data visualization and public service. Read more…


Great Lakes Water Levels RFP    The Water Center and Integrated Assessment Center at the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute are releasing this Request for Proposals to fund up to ten planning grants to help prepare for a subsequent 18-month Integrated Assessment on Great Lakes Water Levels. Info webinar Dec 17, letter of intent due Jan 6.  Read more…


Job Opportunity: Science Coordinator for the Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC    Position/series/grade:  Fish and Wildlife Biologist  GS-0401-12/13 (FPL: GS-13)  Announcement number: R3-14-1262473-DD  Opens: 12/08/2014, Closes:  12/12/2014  Read more…


2015 NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship     Provides on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. Deadline: January 23, 2015. Read more…


The George Melendez Wright Young Leaders in Climate Change      Program provides opportunities for young people to work on diverse issues related to climate change and its effects in national parks.  Read more…


Summer Research Opportunity for American Indian undergraduate students    The Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) in Seattle announces summer internship opportunities for American Indian undergraduate students. Research at JISAO spans a range of environmental sciences with specific emphasis on atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Read more…



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Wednesday, December 10, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"Adjusting lidar-derived digital terrain models in coastal marshes based on estimated above ground biomass density"

Stephen Medeiros, University of Central Florida

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Wednesday, December 10, 1:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"The Melting Arctic…What the science says, and what it means for our future"

Marjorie McGuirk, CASE Consultants International

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Wednesday, December 10, 1:00pm ET

Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series presents, 

"Seeing the Future Forest: CanVis & CommunityVis scenario planning tools"

Gretch Riley, Texas A&M Forest Service, and lance Davisson, Treasure Valley Canopy Network

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Thursday, December 11, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"Site Selection Process for NOAA's Marine Sanctuary"

Matt Brookhart, Chief, Conservation & City Planning, NOAA's Office of National marine Sanctuaries

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Tuesday, December 16, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"Dynamics of Lake Erie: Circulation, Sediment Plume and Ecosystem"

Meng Xia, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

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Tuesday, December 16, 1:00pm ET

EBM Tools Network Webinar Series presents, 

"The Blue Carbon Mapping Toolkit"

Tim Wilkinson, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center

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Thursday, December 18, 1:00pm ET

National Integrated Drought Information System presents, 

"Midwest and Great Plains Drought Webinar"

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Wednesday, January 7, 4:00pm ET

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series presents, 

"Green Infrastructure, Urban Planning, and Economic Development"

Speakers TBD

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Thursday, January 15, 1:00pm ET

Conservation Biology Institute presents, 

"Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour"

Tosha Comendant

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