NE CSC Newsletter

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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Fellow Highlight: Assessing Vulnerability Through Storm Transposition    NE CSC Fellow Pearl May is a graduate student specializing in Water Resource Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She works with a team that helps Dane County, WI, officials understand the potential flooding risks in the area.  Their storm transposition tool assesses the potential impacts of a known storm transposed on a different location - in this case the city and infrastructure of Madison, Wisconsin.  This tool is powerful because it takes data from an actual event, which helps to evade the uncertainties in statistical modeling and also helps with public communication, since a recent nearby storm will remain vivid in people’s memories. Read more >>


NE CSC Releases Report to Help State Wildlife Managers in the Northeast and Midwest Alleviate Impacts of Climate Change on Species and Ecosystems     A new report by NE CSC USGS staff and partners synthesizes the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region.  State fish and wildlife agencies will use the report to help them update their 10-year conservation plans to help hundreds of animal species and their habitats adapt to climate change in the Northeast and the Midwest regions of the United States.  “This useful report comes on the two-year anniversary of the President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls not only for reducing carbon pollution, but also for being prepared to avoid or alleviate the predicted impacts of climate change,” noted Suzette Kimball, acting director of the USGS.  Read more >>


Announcing the Fall NE CSC Webinar Series    Mark your calendars for a five-webinar series this fall from the NE CSC, highlighting research from our funded projects and an invited presentation from Julio Betancourt from the USGS. 

•                Oct 7, 3:30pm ET: “Integrating Climate Change into the State Wildlife Action Plans” Michelle Staudinger, Toni Lyn Morelli, Alex Bryan, NE CSC/USGS

•                Oct 21, 3:30pm ET: “Engaging Stakeholders in Complex Water Resources Decision Making: Examples for the Northeast and from Brazil” Richard Palmer, NE CSC/UMass Amherst

•                Nov 4, 3:30pm ET: "Patterns, Causes and Consequences of Spring Onset Timing Variations and Trends in the U.S." Julio Betancourt, USGS. 

•                Nov 18, 3:30pm ET: "Assessing climate change vulnerability of grassland birds using demographically informed species distribution models" Ben Zuckerberg and Lisa McCauley, University of Wisconsin and Christine Ribic, USGS

•                Dec 2, 3:30pm ET: “Massachusetts Climate Action Tool” Scott Jackson, UMass Amherst; John O’Leary, MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife; Michelle Staudinger, NE CSC/USGS


Archived Webinars from the NE CSC     Take a look at the videos from our 2014-2015 Webinar Series, “Engaging Stakeholders in Climate Adaptation”.  Topics ranged from uncertainty and decision-making, to fish habitat, wildfire and insect interactions, and future forest composition.  Read more >>


Early Career Climate Forum Blog     Check out the newest posts on the ECCF Blog from many CSC graduate and postdoctoral fellows from around the U.S., including our own Zach Schuster and Alex Bryan!  Read more >>


New Study Encourages Inclusion of Adaptive Capacity when Assessing Vulnerability     A new paper led by U.S. Geological Survey Ecologists Erik Beever and Michelle Staudinger (Science Coordinator, NE CSC) addresses the importance of including adaptive capacity of species as a fundamental component when assessing vulnerability to rapid climate change. Read more >>


Flow of Data Through Forest Service's Online WaterViz Tool     Even if you are nowhere near ice-cold Hubbard Brook in the rugged White Mountains of New Hampshire, you can tune into the water cycle with Waterviz, an online tool partially funded by the Northeast Climate Science Center that creates digital art and plays a live forest symphony generated from environmental sensors placed in a mountain valley. Read more >>


Upcoming Presentations from the NE CSC:

•                August 24, 2015. International Society for River Science, La Crosse, WI. Stakeholder-led science: engaging floodplain conservation land managers to identify and meet science needs. Robert Jacobson, Garth Linder, Kristen Bouska, Robb Johnson, and Craig Paukert.

•                September 11-13, 2015. University of Massachusetts New England Graduate Water Symposium, Amherst, MA. Richard Palmer.


Recent Publications from the NE CSC: 

•                Thompson, L. M., Staudinger, M.D., and S. L. Carter.  2015. Summarizing components of U.S. Department of Interior vulnerability assessments for targeting climate change adaptation planning. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report.

•                Pederson, N., A.W. D'Amato, et al. 2015. Climate remains an important driver of post-European vegetation change in the eastern United States.  Global Change Biology.  

•                Russell, M.B., S. Fraver, T. Aakala, J.H. Gove, C.W. Woodall, A.W. D'Amato, and M.J. Ducey. 2015. Quantifying carbon stores and decomposition in dead wood: a review. Forest Ecology and Management.

•                Gill, Kyle G., with D'Amato, W., and Fraver, S.  2014.  Structure, dynamics, and climate sensitivity of range-margin jack pine forests in central Minnesota. University of Minnesota Thesis.



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“Whenology": A New tool visualizes phenological changes occurring at Acadia National Park (and beyond)    A new website called “Whenology” is the only one of its kind to combine the multiple datasets needed to understand the effects of climate change on fall migration of birds. Users accessing the site will see recent trends in temperature, “brown-down” (i.e. when plant productivity starts declining as summer transitions to winter), and the timing of fall migration. In it is first iteration, the website is focused on the timing of raptor (hawks, falcons) migration at Acadia National Park in Maine but it will soon expand to other locations and bird species. Read more >>


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Appalachian LCC

-  Appalachian LCC part of Premiere Climate Education and Literacy Training Program

-  Global Vulnerability of Forests to Climate Change-Related Tree Mortality is Widely Underestimated

-  FishBrain and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partner to Create App-powered Citizen Science Engagement Opportunity Tracking Endangered Species

2014 Annual Report available 



North Atlantic LCC

-  North Atlantic LCC seeks proposals for priority science needs funding

-  FWS News highlights Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas project

-  New predictive models helping to secure a future for piping plover


Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC

-  The Buzz surrounding State Wildlife Action Plans

-  Grasslands Forgotten in the South? Not by the GCPO LCC

-  Realizing the Vision for Fish and Wildlife in a Changing Southeastern Landscape 


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Workshop: The Fundamentals of Coastal Adaptation    Sept 8th - Boston, MA. The Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment research network hosts this half-day workshop in conjunction with the Coastal Structures & Solutions to Coastal Disasters Joint Conference, to provide a pre-conference primer on: coastal geology and coastline evolution; risk framework and its impact on planning and zoning, infrastructure solutions; and a framework for future development in coastal adaptation design and implementation. Read more and register >>


Tribal Environmental Management and Planning online course    Begins Sept 14. Northern Arizona University and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals are pleased to offer unique, tribally focused, professional development training to new and seasoned professionals through online courses. Read more >>


Southeast Climate Adaptation Training    Oct 27-28 - Memphis, TN.  The Wildlife Conservation Society will offer a 2-day training to support conservation implementation specific to climate adaptation.  This is a tremendous opportunity for LCC partners to advance their efforts working in priority conservation landscapes across the Southeast.  Register by Sept 1. Read more >>


3 Short Films About the People Impacted by Climate Change     Sept 21 - New York City.  “Stung by Climate” shows how climate change is affecting bees and beekeepers across the country. “The Disappearing Frontier” takes us to Alaska where people co-exist with climate change on a daily basis. And “Keep it Grand” highlights how climate change is impacting Native Americans in Arizona. Read more >>


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Translating Climate Change Effects into Everyday Language: An Example of More Driving and Less Angling    The authors of this article posit that with some additional thought and relatively simple summaries, the responses of fish and other species to climate change can be translated into everyday language that will facilitate climate science communication. Read more >>


Department of the Interior Newsletter on Oceans, Coasts and Great Lakes    NEWSWAVE reports on new Interior initiatives, exciting science discoveries, relevant meetings, conferences and events, policy updates, and valuable contact information. Read More >>


Researchers Seek a Sneak Peek Into the Future of Forests      This flurry of data collection represents the largest and most robust warming experiment conducted in a forest ecosystem. The project is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of the Interior’s Southeast Climate Science Center.  Read more >>


CSCs Participate in Cross-Cultural Collaboration Workshop for Climate Adaptation Solutions   The workshop incorporated the theme of Learning and Doing: Education and Adaptation through Diverse Ways of Knowing. Rising Voices workshops are an opportunity for collaboration that facilitate cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to climate variability and change.  Read more >>


Yale Climate Connections    More Resilient Farming in a Changing Climate, Organic farming can improve soil fertility, increase absorption, and prevent runoff, helping farms cope with increasingly extreme weather. Read more >>


Tribal Climate Resilience Stories    Featured on U.S. Climate Res ilience Toolkit. Read more >>


Gulf of Mexico dead zone ‘above average’    Scientists have found this year’s Gulf dead zone — an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and marine life — is, at 6,474 square miles, above average in size and larger than forecast by NOAA in June. The larger than expected forecast was caused by heavy June rains throughout the Mississippi River watershed. Read more >>


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NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections     New data shows how temperature and rainfall patterns worldwide may change through the year 2100 because of growing concentrations of greenhouse gases in Earth's atmosphere. Read more >>


NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy    This is part of a proactive approach to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information in fulfilling NOAA Fisheries mandates.  The Strategy identifies seven objectives which will provide decision-makers with the information they need to reduce impacts and increase resilience in a changing climate.  Read more >>


New EPA Report, "Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action"     The EPA has released a peer-reviewed report which quantifies differences in health, infrastructure and ecosystem impacts under two future climate scenarios. The analysis is broken into sectors to include health, infrastructure, energy, water resources, agriculture and forestry, and ecosystems. Read more >>


2014 AMS State of the Climate    An international, peer-reviewed publication released each summer, the "State of the Climate" is the authoritative annual summary of the global climate published as a supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Read more >>


Documentary: COMFORT ZONE    A documentary with a unique approach to stimulating dialogue about climate change. The film is non-partisan, scientifically rigorous, and fun to watch. It's the story of three ordinary Americans each trying to find their own way to deal with the reality of climate change. It is also the story of how climate change will affect daily life in a typical Northeastern setting. Read more >>


CAKE highlight: Northeast Regional Climate Hub: Assessment of Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies    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 >>


Predictors of Climate Change Awareness and Risk Perception Vary Around the Globe     Using data from the largest cross-sectional survey of climate change perceptions ever conducted, researchers (including NE CSC Affiliate Ezra Markowitz) writing in Nature Climate Change report the first global assessment of factors underlying climate change awareness and risk perception. They say results indicate that to be most effective, climate-related messages must be tailored to public awareness and perceptions specific to each nation. Read more >>


Training Conservation Practitioners to be Better Decision Makers      A new paper from the SE CSC, published in Sustainability, describes how the application of decision science is relevant to conservation problems and suggests how current and future conservation practitioners can be trained to be better decision makers. Read More >>


Oceanography Magazine Special Issue    Features the science around ocean acidification. Read More >>


Indigenous knowledge can be key to fighting climate change    Two University of Kansas professors have authored research exploring cases of indigenous communities that have had success in applying traditional knowledge to fighting climate change and how American and international law falls short in preventing exploitation of those tribes and methods. Read more >>


Global Vulnerability of Forests to Climate Change-Related Tree Mortality is Widely Underestimated   Forests worldwide are vulnerable to growing risks of drought- and heat-induced tree mortality and forest die-off because of a rapidly warming Earth, according to just-published research in the scientific journal Ecosphere.  Read more >>



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Climate Funding Opportunities document     Compiled for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this document provides a snapshot of currently available, climate-related funding opportunities (as of July 27th, 2015). Click the black "download PDF" box on the right side of the page. Read more >>


Funding opportunity: The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation    Up to $100,000 available for matching funds for projects that will assist Connecticut towns and cities adapt to a changing climate and enhance the resilience of their infrastructure. Due Sept 15. Read more >>



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Wednesday, September 9, 1:00 ET

Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series presents

"Urban FIA: Bringing the Nation’s Forest Census to Urban Areas"

Mark Majewsky, USDA Forest Service, Dick Rideout and Andrew Stoltman, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Chris Edgar, Texas A&M Forest Service

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Thursday, September 10, 1:00pm ET

National Marine Protected Areas Center presents

"Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats"

Karen Richardson, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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Thursday, September 17, 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, September 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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Wednesday, September 30, 1:00pm ET

Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents

"Working With Utilities: Effective Paths for Tribal Governments"

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Wednesday, October 7, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Integrating Climate Change into the State Wildlife Action Plans”

Michelle Staudinger, Toni Lyn Morelli, Alex Bryan, NE CSC/USGS

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Thursday, October 8, 1:00pm ET

National Marine Protected Areas Center presents

"Inspire Ocean and Climate Literacy and Conservation through MPAs"

Claire Fackler, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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