NE CSC Newsletter

Monday, January 19, 2015

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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.  Read more…

•                February 11:  “Critical Evaluation of Methods and Outcomes for Habitat/Ecological Systems Classification and Mapping in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.”  David D. Diamond, Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership and Don Faber-Langendoen, NatureServ

•                February 25:    "Accounting for variability & uncertainty when informing natural resource management" Presenters:  Brian Irwin, U.S. Geological Survey, Georgia Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit,  Athens, GA and Tiffany Vidal, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia

•                March 11:  “FISHTAIL:  A decision support mapper for conserving stream fish habitats of the NE CSC region”  Wes Daniel, Postdoctoral Affiliate and Nick Sievert, Graduate Student, University of Missouri

•                April 1:  ”Extending the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map to Atlantic Canada"  Mark Anderson, Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy’s Eastern U.S. Region

•                April 15:  "Fire, Bugs, and Humans: Modeling Interacting Disturbances in Anthropogenic Landscapes" Brian R. Sturtevant, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

•                April 29:  ”Changes in forest composition and structure under alternative climate scenarios in the Northeastern U.S."  Frank R. Thompson, Research Wildlife Biologist, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

 

NE CSC Fellow Highlight: Evan Murdock     NE CSC Graduate Fellow Evan Murdock studies the impacts of climate change on winter and spring hydrology in the Midwest at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  Working with his Ph.D. advisor Ken Potter, NE CSC Consortium PI and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Evan is particularly interested in how resource managers and institutions react to scientific information on climate change and how they use that information to make decisions.  Read more...

 

Upcoming NE CSC Presentations at the at the 2015 Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference     If you are attending, please check out the presentations from some of our newest funded projects!  Read more…

 

NE CSC Undergraduate Intern honored    Bethany Williams, an undergraduate at Florida State University and an intern with previous NECSC Fellow David Johnson, won best Undergraduate Oral Presentation at the recent New England Estuarine Research Society meeting in Connecticut.  Read more...

 

Recent Publications from the NE CSC: 

•                Diamond, David D., Elliot Lee F., Faber-Langendoen Don, Smyth Regan, and Sneddon Lesley. 2014. Outcomes for Habitat/Ecological Systems Classification and Mapping in the Northeast and Midwest U.S. Northeast Climate Science Center Final Report.

•                Rachel Katz, Evan Grant, et al. 2014.  Making Decisions in Complex Landscapes:  Headwater Stream Management Across Multiple Federal Agencies.

 

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NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record     The year 2014 ranks as Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to two separate analyses by NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists.  This trend continues a long-term warming of the planet, according to an analysis of surface temperature measurements by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies. Read more…

 

 

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North Atlantic LCC

Workshop offers perspectives on Hurricane Sandy tidal marsh projects in the face of coastal change

 

Appalachian LCC

Acquiring Information on the Climate Vulnerability of Appalachian Species and Habitats

Ensuring Climate Resilient Aquatic Communities with the “Riparian Restoration Climate Change Resilience Tool”

Check out the new Appalachian LCC Fact Sheet!

 

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Climate Leadership Conference     Washington, DC.  February 23-25. Annual conference for addressing global climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.  Read more…

 

The National Adaptation Forum    St. Louis, MO. May 12-14, 2015. Learn how to make your work climate-informed, share what you have learned with others, and develop a stronger network of like-minded peers.  Registration open.  Read more…

 

Workshop: Spatial Statistical Stream Network Models training    Boise, ID. April 20-22, 2015. A new class of spatial statistical network models for data on stream networks has recently been developed & free software is available for implementing the models. Read more…

 

Society of Wetland Scientists International Annual Meeting    Providence, RI.  May 31 - June 4th, 2015. Changing Climate, Changing Wetlands: Climate Impacts to Wetlands and the Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Mitigation.  Read more…

 

2015 NC CSC Open Science Conference     Fort Collins, CO. May 20-22, 2015. The NC CSC and Colorado State University will host a conference to bring the regional climate research community and stakeholders together. Abstracts are accepted until January 30, 2015. Read more…

 

National Tribal Forum on Air Quality     Battle Creek, MI. May 19-21.  Opportunity to meet and discuss current policies, regulatory initiatives, funding, and technical topics in air quality and climate change.  Read more…

 

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Globally, 2014 Was Warmest on Record, but Not in Northeast     Much of the eastern half of the United States was relatively cool in 2014, and seven Midwestern states had an annual temperature that ranked among their 10 coolest on record, says Michael Rawlins, NE CSC Affiliated Investigator.  Read more…

 

NASA-USGS Climate Data App Challenge: An Invitation for Innovation     These two federal agencies are offering more than $35,000 in prizes to citizen scientists for ideas that make use of climate data to address vulnerabilities faced by the United States in coping with climate change. Read more…

 

CAKE Highlight: Water Supply in a Changing Climate    Future population growth will combine with increasingly variable weather patterns to place more communities at risk of property damage, regulatory liabilities and uncertain access to drinking water. Maryland's Eastern Shore is particularly susceptible to salt water intrusion as water demand increases and sea levels rise. Read more…

 

Red Lake (MN) and Menominee Co. (MI) awarded GLISA Climate Grants     The Model Forest Policy Program was recently awarded a 2014 Climate Assessment Grant from the Great Lakes Integrated Science and Assessments Program to help two communities move forward with implementing their adaptation plans: Red Lake, MN, and Menominee County, MI. Read more…

 

Massachusetts Announces Coastal Community Resilience Grant Awards for 2015     $1.5 million awarded through the Coastal Community Resilience Grants Program to support local efforts to address the effects of coastal storms, flooding, erosion, and sea level rise. Read more…

 

Amid climate change, what's more important: Protecting money or people?    UMass Amherst Economist James Boyce writes about the challenging decisions behind climate adaptation.  Read more…

 

Hateful little cannibal squirrels could help California drought    Among alfalfa farmers in Northern California, Public Enemy No. 1 is a promiscuous, photogenic fur ball that weighs only half a pound and spends most of its life asleep. But with the critter helping the state weather its worst drought in 1,200 years, that perception may soon be a thing of the past, according to NE CSC Program Manager, Toni Lyn Morelli. Read more...

 

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OCEANADAPT    This new tool tracks shifts in the distribution of U.S. marine species with changing ocean conditions.  The web tool delivers up to date information on changes in the distribution of marine species in each US marine region over the last 40 years using data collected annually by NOAA Fisheries and others.  Read more…

 

NOAA Releases Northeast Climate Outlook     An engaging two-page snapshot of recent weather and climate events and anomalies; discusses regional weather impacts on the region's ecosystems and economy; and offers a climate forecast for the coming three months. Gulf of Maine and Eastern US

 

New Publication: Choosing and Using Climate-Change Scenarios for Ecological-Impact Assessments and Conservation Decisions    Authors outline complexities and recommend strong interactions between scientists and decision makers.  Read more…

 

New publication: Genetic Rescue to the Rescue    Novel management solutions to rapid environmental change, including climate change.  Read more…

 

Dept. of Health and Human Services Releases Guide and Toolkit on Climate Change for Healthcare Infrastructure    Designed to assist healthcare providers, design professionals, policymakers, and others with roles and responsibilities in assuring the continuity of quality health and human care before, during, and after extreme weather events. Read more…

 

Focusing on lasting legacy prompts environmental action    Prompting people to think about the legacy they want to leave for future generations can boost their desire and intention to take action on climate change, according to new research published in Psychological Science, including author and NE CSC Affiliated Investigator, Ezra Markowitz.  Read more…

 

Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication      Strategies to boost engagement, common mistakes to avoid, and best practices that organizations have used to meaningfully engage individuals and groups on climate change.  Also from Ezra Markowitz.  Read more…

 

Northeast fish populations moving out to warmer waters    New research report data from the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, show that climate change has altered the distribution of fish along the Eastern Seaboard.  Read more…

 

New Delaware Interactive Flood Risk Maps Released    Depict the landward extent of flooding, and how deep the water could become in the event of a one percent annual chance (or 100-year) flood. Read more…

 

Researchers Examine Climate Change Effects on Fish Production in Lakes Michigan and Huron    In a recent study, researchers used bioenergetics modeling to explore how changing water temperatures will likely influence the growth and prey consumption rates of Chinook salmon, lake trout and steelhead in Lakes Huron and Michigan. Read More…

 

Study Looks at Hybridization between Native and Non-Native Invasive Trout Species   In a new publication, researchers examine some of the differences and advantages/disadvantages of fish with non-native admixture. The study suggests that dispersal and selection mediate invasive hybridization. Read More…

 

Study Finds that Habitat and Species Identity, not Diversity, Predict the Amount of Food Waste Insects are Consuming     A new publication from the SE CSC examined factors affecting the urban ecosystem services provided by insects, like ants, that consume food waste in streets, medians and other urban areas. Read more…

 

Study examines the roles of climate change vs. disturbance in forest dynamics       Many current forests may in fact be in 'climate disequilibrium' due to European settlement. As the climate changes, this has important implications for how tree species distributions might change in response. Read more…

 

Book Chapter: Residential Landscapes, Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change    In an increasingly urbanized world, homeowners play an important role in climate adaptation and environmental sustainability through decisions to landscape and manage their residential properties. Read more…

 

Rising Voices 2 Reports Available     Adaptation to Climate Change and Variability: Bringing Together Science and Indigenous Ways of Knowing to Create Positive Solutions.  Read more…

 

 

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Seeking Land Conservation Specialist     Kestrel Land Trust is an ambitious, nationally accredited land trust serving the heart of the Connecticut River Valley in western Massachusetts.  Read more…

 

Seeking Director of the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program    Applications invited for the position of Sea Grant Director. MNSG, a University of Minnesota system-wide program, achieves its mission and objectives through research, education, and outreach.  Read more…

 

Funding Opportunity: NOAA's Restoration Centerannounces funding opportunity for habitat restoration in U.S. Great Lakes Areas of Concern. The FFO is available at www.grants.gov, funding number NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2015-2004351. Due March 3, 2015. Read more…

 

Funding Opportunity: Connecticut Sea Grant College Program supports applied research, education, and outreach activities to achieve healthy coastal and marine ecosystems and consequent public benefits, focusing on Connecticut, Long Island Sound and its watershed. Due February 27. Read more…

 

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Tuesday, January 20, 2:00pm ET

EBM Tools Network Webinar Series presents, 

"An Ocean of Story Maps"

Dawn Wright, ESRI

To register, visit: http://www.ebmtools.org/tools_training/presentations.html

 

Wednesday, January 21, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"CAPES: Coastal Aquaculture Planning Environmental Sustainability"

Morris James, NOAA/NOSNCCOS/CFFHR/Applied Ecology and Restoration Research Branch

To join, visit: http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/index.html

 

Thursday, January 22, 2:00 pm ET

U.S. Department of Transportation presents, 

Climate/Extreme Weather Risk Management Tools — Learning from the Gulf Coast

To register, visit: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/climate_change/adaptation/ongoing_and_current_research/gulf_coast_study/index.cfm

 

Friday, January 23, 1:00pm ET

The Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment Program presents, 

“Preparing for the Rising Tide”

Julie Wormser, Boston Harbor Association

To join, visit: https://nucoe.webex.com (Event number: 668737899; Password: SAGE15)

 

Thursday, January 29, 12:00pm ET

Security and Sustainability Forum presents, 

"Green Infrastructure and Flood Resiliencey - land Use Management as an Adaptation Strategy in the Built Environment"

Rob Roseen, Geosyntec Consultants

To register, visit: http://securityandsustainabilityforum.org/events

 

Wednesday, February 4, 4:00pm ET

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

"Urban Greening and Ecosystem Services"

Speakers TBD

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

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"Weather-Climate Linkages: Analysis, Modeling, and Prediction Efforts"

Chris Bretherton, University of Washington, and Martin Hoerling, NOAA ESRL

To join, visit: http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/seminars/index.html

 

Wednesday, February 11, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

“Critical Evaluation of Methods and Outcomes for Habitat/Ecological Systems Classification and Mapping in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.”

David D. Diamond, Don Faber-Langendoen

To join, visit: http://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/critical-evaluation-methods-and-outcomes-habitatecological-systems-classification-and-mapp

 

Tuesday, February 17, 1:00pm ET

Conservation Biology Institute presents, 

"Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour"

Tosha Comendant

To register, visit: http://consbio.org/newsroom/events/webinar-data-basin-tour-2015