NE CSC Newsletter

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Upcoming webinar: “Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?”     Wednesday, June 10, 3:30pm. Paul Armsworth, Univ Tennessee will present. As the climate warms and other global changes progress, species move outside their historical ranges, new ecological communities form and ecosystems transition to new states. To cope, conservation organizations will need to adapt. But to what extent are conservation organizations configured in a way that positions them to adapt effectively and what steps can they take to enhance their adaptive capacity? Read more >>


Upcoming Presentations from the NE CSC:

•                June 29 - July 1, 2015. Rising Voices III: Learning and Doing – Education and Adaptation through Diverse Ways of Knowing, Boulder, CO.  “CMN/SDI Tribal Climate Change Initiatives.”  Chris Caldwell.


Recent Publications from the NE CSC: 

•                Horton, R., Bader, D., Kushnir, Y., Little, C., Blake, R., & Rosenzweig, C.  2015. New York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 Report  Chapter 1: Climate Observations and Projections. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

•                Horton, R., Little, C., Gornitz, V., Bader, D., and Oppenheimer, M.  2015. New York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 Report Chapter 2: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Storms. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

•                Coombs, JA, and Nislow KH. 2014. Riparian Prioritization and Status Assessment for Climate Change Resilience of Coldwater Stream Habitats within the Appalachian and Northeastern Regions. Final Report.



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Minnesota and Climate Change: Our Tomorrow Starts Today    This report, published by the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, discusses climate change impacts on Minnesota's natural resources and economy. Featured sectors include transportation, energy, agriculture, natural resources, and health. Read more >>



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Appalachian LCC

Webinar on Riparian Restoration Tool showcase Appalachian LCC Science

New National Wildlife Refuge Established to Protect Some of Appalachia’s Rarest Places 


North Atlantic LCC

Video: The Fish that Feeds All

Open Space Institute's project featured in U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit


Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC

Improving our Assumptions: Toward a Better Understanding of Quality Open Pine for Wildlife




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EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative Announces 2015 Extreme Events Workshops and Coastal Resilience Training Series    

July 14-15: Des Moines, Iowa: Extreme Events & Climate Adaptation Planning Workshops for the Water Utility Sector.  Read more >>

July 21-22: West Babylon, New York: Coastal Resilience for the Water Sector: Training for Technical Assistance Providers. Read more >>




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NOAA Reports Highest Level of Carbon Dioxide in a Million Years     The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the global average carbon dioxide concentration was above 400 parts per million during March, for the first time in a million years. Read more >>


Wetlands in a Changing World: Wading into Science for American Wetlands Month!     Understanding both the impact of climate change on wetlands and the role that wetlands play in adapting to climate change is a vital part of ensuring climate change preparedness. Luckily, scientists across the country, supported by the Climate Science Centers, are already examining these relationships.  Read more >>


MRCC Highlight: Federal Climate Programs - How They Differ and Complement Each Other     This article will provide a quick guide to what makes each program unique and how, together, they are meeting the climate needs of various stakeholders across the country.  Read more >>


Native Americans and Climate Change    Karen Diver, Chair of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, discusses the biggest challenges facing Native American communities as well as her appointment to serve on President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Read more >>


Boom and Bust in the Boreal Forest: Climate Signals Seen in Bird Populations    Weaving concepts of ecology and climatology, recent interdisciplinary research by USGS and several university partners reveals how large-scale climate variability appears to connect boom-and-bust cycles in the seed production of the boreal (northern conifer) forests of Canada to massive, irregular movements of boreal birds.  Read more >>


Fishing in the Age of Climate Change    The Native American tribes in the region hold the right to fish and hunt on Lake Michigan - thanks to an 1836 treaty between the U.S. government and the Ottawa and Chippewa nations — but face threats from pollution, invasive species, and climate change. Read more >>


Federal Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for Addressing Climate Change to NCCWSC & CSCs      Working directly with resource managers to produce science and tools should remain the core focus of the Climate Science Centers and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, according to the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science's Report to the Secretary of the Interior. Read more >>


Climate Change Threatens Native Trout Diversity     Scientists have discovered that the diversity of a threatened native trout species will likely decrease due to future climate change. Read more >>


Mitigwaki idash Nibi: (Our Forests and Water) – A Climate Adaptation Plan for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians    The Model Forest Policy Program, Climate Solutions University, and the Red Lake Department of Natural Resources came together to create a climate adaptation plan for the forest and water systems of the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Minnesota. Read more >>


East Coast Sea Levels are Rising Faster than the Global Average      Listen to an interview with Kara Doran of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as she explores local sea level rise along the east coast of the United States. This is a production of Yale Climate Connections.  Read more >>


Recognizing Tribal Climate Action     The White House launched the Climate Action Champions program in late 2014, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy. After a competitive application process, the Department of Energy designated 16 communities as Climate Action Champions, including the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Read more >> 



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Yale Climate Opinion Maps    Public opinion about global warming is an important influence on decision making about policies to reduce global warming or prepare for the impacts, but American opinions vary widely depending on where people live. Explore the maps by clicking on your state, congressional district, or county and compare the results across questions and with other geographic areas. Read more >>


USDA Releases Fact Sheet on Framework for Building Blocks for Climate Smart Agriculture & Forestry    The framework consists of 10 building blocks that span a range of technologies and practices to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon storage, and generate clean renewable energy. Read more >>


Climate Change Adaptation in United States Federal Natural Resource Science and Management Agencies: A Synthesis    This report, organized under the auspices of USGCRP's Adaptation Science Interagency Working Group, is a snapshot in time (2013-2014) of the status of climate change adaptation in Federal agencies that study and manage land and water resources. Read more >>


NOAA Study Finds Marshes, Reefs, Beaches Can Enhance Coastal Resilience    This study highlights strengths and weaknesses of the coastal protection benefits provided by built infrastructure, natural ecosystems, and the innovative opportunities to combine the two into hybrid approaches for coastal protection. Read more >>


Video: From climate risk to climate solutions    Climate change poses risks for people, ecosystems, and economies. Many possible climate solutions can reduce and manage these risks, while building a more sustainable world. Video from the Working Group II contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. Read more >>






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Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program    NOAA Fisheries is administering up to $4 million for this program which will focus on the development of healthy and sustainable coastal ecosystems through on-the-ground habitat restoration. Proposals are due by July 2, 2015. Read more >>


The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO)     Seeking project proposals to support advancement of shared Mid-Atlantic state priorities for climate change adaptation. Due June 12th.  Read more >>


Internships and Youth Engagement Funding    The Tribal Cooperative Landscape Conservation Program will award up to $1.75 million in funding for Internships or Youth Engagement for Climate Adaptation, Mitigation, and/or Ocean and Coastal Management Planning.  Due June 22. Read more >>




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Wednesday June 10th, 2:00pm ET

Society for Conservation Biology Webinar Series presents 

Visual Communication as a Conservation Tool 

Adam Spencer, Filmmakers for Conservation

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Wednesday, June 10, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents 

Are conservation organizations configured for effective adaptation to global change?

Paul Armsworth, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Univ Tennessee

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Friday, June 12, 2:00pm ET

NOAA and USFWS Restoration Webinar Series presents

The unique legal, scientific, and ethical challenges of restoration in wilderness: a preliminary framework to help make defensible decisions

Drs. Beth Hahn and Peter Landres, USFS

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Wednesday, June 17, 2:00pm ET

US Drought Portal presents 

Midwest and Great Plains Drought Webinar

A state climatologist and a NOAA regional climatologist

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Thursday, June 18, 1:00pm ET

Conservation Biology Institute presents 

Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour

Tosha Comendant, Conservation Biology Institute

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Tuesday, June 23, 3:00pm ET

NCCWSC Climate Science and Management Webinar Series presents

An Introduction to CRAVe: A Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability

Robin O’Malley and Laura Thompson, USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Center

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Tuesday, June 23, 3:00pm ET

NOAA and USFWS Restoration Webinar Series presents

National guidelines for metrics used for monitoring oyster restoration projects: A review of the Oyster Habitat Restoration Monitoring and Assessment Handbook

Bryan DeAngelis, TNC

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Wednesday, June 24, 1:00pm ET

Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents

Regulatory Impacts on Indian Lands

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Wednesday June 24, 2:00pm ET

ITEP Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series presents

Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal Health

Lesley Jantarasami and Mike Kolian, U.S. EPA, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division

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Thursday, June 25, 1:00pm ET

Structured Decision Making Webinar Series presents 

Developing a surrogate species approach to landscape conservation for the USFWS’ Midwest Region

Sean Blomquist, Pat Heglund, and Lori Nordstrom, USFWS

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Thursday, June 25, 1:00pm ET

EPA Climate Change and Water presents

Moving Toward Sustainability: Sustainable and Effective Practices for Creating Your Water Utility Roadmap

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Friday June 26, 2:00pm ET

ITEP Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series presents

Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change 

Bob Rabin, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

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