NE CSC Federal Director, Dr. Mary Ratnaswamy, will present at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation's East Coast conference on "Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy" on October 23rd, 2013 at UMass Amherst. The session is titled, "Climate Change Trends and Adaptation".
Abstract: The DOI Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC), established in 2012, is comprised of a consortium of partners that includes the University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Menominee Nation, Columbia University, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Missouri Columbia, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin. This unique combination of federal, academic, and tribal expertise supports the NE CSC’s mission: to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in natural and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. Specific scientific activities supported by the NE CSC include climate assessments and projections; climate impacts on land-use and land-cover change, freshwater resources and ecosystems, Atlantic and Great Lakes coastal and nearshore environments, as well as ecological and cultural resources. Fundamental to all research projects conducted by the NE CSC is the inclusion of risk-based assessments and development of models and other tools that integrate the best available science into decision frameworks. The goal is to assist resource decision makers in planning and development of adaptation strategies on local and regional scales. This presentation will provide an overview of ongoing and anticipated research and outreach activities conducted by the NE CSC, highlight recent stakeholder-driven project accomplishments, and discuss the challenges of managing natural resources in an increasingly warming world.