NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Communications and Outreach Job Opportunity with the NE CSC    The NE CSC is seeking applicants for a full time Communications and Outreach Manager located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The individual selected for this position will be responsible for organizing outreach in line with the mission of the NE CSC as well as coordinating and executing the major elements of our Communications and Outreach Plan.  This position provides a great opportunity to work with a wide variety of stakeholders within the NE CSC region (Northeast and Midwest United States) and engage scientists from both the NE CSC Academic Consortium and USGS as well as the NE CSC Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows program. Read more >>


RE-launch of the Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) website and listserv    The Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) is a science-based, unbiased venue for communication, collaboration, and professional development for early career scientists working on climate change. The primary purpose of the ECCF is to support and build a national network of early career scholars, provide an online platform to facilitate and increase information sharing and networking across the DOI CSCs and consortium institutions. Read more >>


New Publication: NE CSC Avian Ecologists Combine Bird Survey Data to Identify Vulnerable Boreal Species    Continent-wide bird surveys play an important role in conservation, says avian ecologist and NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow Joel Ralston, but they can miss rare or isolated species whose habitat is off the beaten path, such as at high elevation or in a dense bog. Now Ralston and colleagues report for the first time how combining data from several local point counts offers a new picture of how birds in hard-to-reach habitats are faring.  Read more >>


New Climate Science intern at College of Menominee Nation    Wendy Dorman is a zoologist and ornithologist with an MS in biology from Winthrop University. She is currently working on a second MS in Geographic Information Science at Eastern Michigan University. During her summer internship at CMN, Wendy hopes to learn how to utilize GIS technology to shed light on connections between climate change and population dynamics in native species. Read more >>


Upcoming Presentations from the NE CSC at the International Association of Landscape Ecology World Congress, July 5-10, Portland, OR:

•                Carbon sink, source, or neutral? How does the role of the U.S. Central Hardwood Forest Change?  Wenchi Jin, Hong S. He, Frank R. Thompson III, Wen J. Wang, Jacob S. Fraser, Brice B. Hanberry, William D. Dijak

•                Application of LINKAGES Version 3.0 to Determine Tree Growth Potential in Response to Global Climate Change.  William D. Dijak, ; Brice B. Hanberry, Hong S. He, Frank R. Thompson III.

•                Population dynamics can be more important than climate change for determining future tree species distribution change in a temperate deciduous forest.  Wen J. Wang, Hong S. He, Frank R. Thompson III, Jacob S. Fraser. 



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Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe)     The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center worked with the non-profit EcoAdapt and other partners to develop this tool which will house metadata on climate change vulnerability assessments from across the nation and will be made available for searching by the general public. Visit CRAVe >>



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Appalachian LCC

Genetics Provide New Hope for Endangered Freshwater Mussels

Monthly carbon dioxide levels hit new milestone


North Atlantic LCC

NOAA's Ellen Mecray sees room for more at LCC table 

Regional landscape conservation design efforts take key next steps forward


Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC

Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) Project Update

Proposal to Remove Louisiana Black Bear from Endangered Species List



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Tribal Lands and Environment Forum     August 17th - 20th, Minneapolis, MN. The forum will feature special trainings, field trips, and breakout sessions focused on solid/hazardous waste management, brownfields, UST/LUSTs, Superfund sites, and emergency response, as well as sessions focused on water quality, drinking water, and habitat restoration (including wetlands, streams and fisheries) and on climate change. Read More >>


Bridging the Gap: Collaborative Science for Adaptation Management      November 2-3, Sacramento, CA. Join the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) for a 2-day conference, that brings together scientists and managers to share emerging climate science, Climate-Smart Conservation results, management and policy responses, and lessons learned across the Southwest.  Read more >>


2015 Rising Seas Summit     November 12th - 13th, Cambridge, MA. The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) has announced the 2015 Rising Seas Summit, which will be held in collaboration with the City of Boston and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.  Read More >>



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Federal Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for Addressing Climate Change to NCCWSC & CSCs    Working directly with resource managers to produce science and tools to address effects of climate change on the nation’s biological resources should remain the core focus of the DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), according to the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science's Report to the Secretary of the Interior. Read more >>


In Hot Water: Climate Change Reaches Underwater & Impacts Freshwater Fisheries    Freshwater fish may seem impervious to the outside world under their protective layer of water, but climate change is already having major impacts on fish both around the world and right here in our backyards and communities. Read more >>


Federal funding extends Great Lakes climate research at U-M and MSU for five more years!    GLISA will receive $3.65 million from the federal government to continue the study of climate change adaptation and climate variability in the Great Lakes region. NOAA will provide funding for GLISA, a collaboration between U-M and MSU researchers. Read more >>


The Challenge of Identifying Lands with High Conservation Values     How can land managers better determine which lands are most suitable for conservation? Sound science helps. A research team, supported by the Southwest Climate Science Center, recently created a framework to identify lands with high conservation value. Read More >>


Climate Science Grant Writing Workshop for Members of Tribal and Indigenous Communities      The South Central Climate Science Center is holding a Climate Science Grant Writing Workshop for members of tribal and indigenous communities on Thursday, July 23, 2015. Participants will learn, craft and perfect the art of using soft skills to successfully engage with partners for their grant writing projects. Read More >>


Call for Submissions of Indigenous and Local Knowledge    The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has put out a call for submissions of Indigenous and Local Knowledge for Regional Assessments of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Read More >> 


Pope Releases Encyclical on Climate Change    Pope Francis released the first ever papal encyclical on human-caused environmental degradation, with a strong emphasis on climate change, directed to "every person living on this planet."  Read more >>



G7 Leaders Agree to Work towards Decarbonizing the Global Economy    On June 8, the Group of 7, a group of seven of the world's leading economies, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Italy, Germany and Canada, concluded a summit in which the need to address climate change was a primary focus. Read more >>



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CAKE Highlight: Climate Change Adaptation in United States Federal Natural Resource Science and Management Agencies: A Synthesis    This report reviews climate change adaptation activities in several federal agencies. Read more >>


Northeast Regional Climate Hub Vulnerability Assessment Published    This vulnerability assessment reviews present knowledge of agricultural and forest susceptibility to climate variability in the Northeast and will serve as a guide to focus future adaptation work. Read more >>


New Forestry Guidebook Focuses On Preparing For Climate Disruptions    This first ever state-developed guidebook presents land managers with a menu of strategies to adjust to climate change in a proactive manner. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the release of “Creating and maintaining resilient forests in Vermont: Adapting forests to climate change.” Read more >>


Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate     In 2011, the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force published a National Action Plan. A new report highlights progress made in 2014 implementing the Plan and describes the specific tasks that federal agencies are planning to undertake in 2015. Read More >> 


Two New Publications on Climate Ethics    NE CSC Affiliate Investigator Ezra Markowitz has two new papers out: Climate ethics at a multidisciplinary crossroads: four directions for future scholarship and The moral complexity of climate change and the need for a multidisciplinary perspective on climate ethics.  Check them out!


NOAA Regional Climate Outlooks     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. Eastern Region and Gulf of Maine Region





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Job Opportunity with the NE CSC     The NE CSC is seeking applicants for a full time Communications and Outreach Manager located at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Read more >>


Funding Opportunity Northeast Regional Ocean Council    Seeking proposals to support advancement of shared Northeast state priorities for resilient shorelines. NROC will fund 2-5 proposals that provide data products, tools, information, and processes for shoreline resilience planning and management to coastal decision makers. Deadline August 5th. Read more >>


GLISA 2015 Great Lakes Climate Assessment Grants Competition      Seeking organizations that can collaborate with stakeholders from specific sectors or communities to identify and promote understanding of change and variability. This includes identifying the vulnerabilities, anticipated impacts, and potential for adaptation to climate change and variability. Read more >>


Regional Coastal Resilience Grants Program, Deadline: July 24, 2015    Supports regional approaches to undertake activities that build resilience of coastal regions, communities, and economic sectors to the negative impacts from extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Read more >>


Climate Resilient Landscapes Initiative      This fund from the Open Space Institute will provide $5.5 million in matching grants for land protection to land trusts that focus on areas that will help facilitate wildlife adaptation to climate change. Read More >>


SCIPP Research Associate Position    The Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), a NOAA RISA Team, is seeking a new Climate Assessment Specialist / Research Associate who will work closely with selected communities to analyze and assess their vulnerabilities to extreme events and climate change. Read more >>



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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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Monday, June 29, 2:00pm ET

ITEP Tribal Climate Change Webinar Series presents,

Climate Change Impacts on Fish and Wildlife

Kurt Johnson, National Climate Change Scientist, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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Thursday, July 9, 1:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents, 

National Park Service Centennial Initiative

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Wednesday, July 15, 2:00pm ET

Restoration Webinar Series presents,

Restoration of Lake Apopka’s North Shore Marsh: High Hopes, Tough Times, and Persistent Progress

Dr. Heath Rauschenberger, USFWS

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Thursday, July 16, 1:00pm ET

Conservation Biology Institute presents, 

Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour

Tosha Comendant, Conservation Biology Institute

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Thursday, July 16, 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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Monday, July 29, 1:00pm ET

Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents,

Procurement: Best Practices for Developing and Implementing Request for Proposals

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