NECSC Projects

The following projects are funded by the NE CSC.

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Project Leader Title Status Project type
Christopher Neill
Linda Deegan
Interactions between climate change and beavers in costal streams

We are investigating the effects of climate on multiple aspects  of river hydrology,...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Linda Deegan Climate change facilitates northern expansion of an estuarine decapod ecosystem engineer

We conducted a survey of saltmarshes north of Cape Cod to determine if decapd crustaceans were...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Keith Nislow
Mary Ratnaswamy
Impact of red squirrel distributional shifts on resiliency of birds in the face of climate change

Little is known about how shifting small mammal populations in response to climate change will...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Chris Caldwell Global Climate Change and the Menominee Nation: Potential Changes in Forest Ecology and Recommended Adaptation Responses Ongoing Core Research Project
Curtice Griffin
Kevin McGarigal
A climate dependent metapopulation model of Marbled Salamanders (Ambystoma opacum) in Western Massachusetts.

Marbled Salamander reproductive failure is tightly linked to vernal pool hydrology...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Raymond Bradley Assessment of paleoclimate resources for studies of climate extremes

This project is focused on compiling existing paleo-limnological data from lakes...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Keith Nislow Effects of small impoundments on stream temperature regimes in the context of a changing climate

Small dams and impoundments are ubiquitous in stream networks in the northeastern and...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Chris Caldwell CMN/ SDI Campus and Community Outreach

Purpose is to provide information on climate change, SDI led climate projects, and begin to...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Linda Deegan Insights into the long-term physical controls on estuarine food webs and implications for future change

We observed a strong influence of freshwater residency time on the contribution of benthic and...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Frank Thompson The use of climate and land cover to predict avian abundance across the Midwestern United States.

A Bayesian hierarchical modeling framework is used to evaluate land cover and climate...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Anthony D'Amato Great Lakes Silviculture Prescription Library

This project initiated in late March and is currently compiling potential case studies in...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Anthony D'Amato Developing historically-consistent and broadly-applicable monitoring, reporting, and verification system for quantifying forest change

Given the increasing impacts of climate change and natural disturbances on forest ecosystems...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Chris Caldwell Review and Commentary on IFMAT III – Volume 2 “Indian Tribes and Climate Change” and Connections to Northeast Climate Science Center Strategic Science Agenda

A review group at College of Menominee Nation (CMN)  took on the task of reviewing the...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Richard Palmer Understanding Conservation Management Decisions in the Face of Sea-Level Rise Along the U.S. Atlantic Coast

This project addresses a complex local scale conservation problem: managing the impacts...

Ongoing
FY'13
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Jana Stewart NorEaST – Stream Temperature Web Portal Demonstration and Application

The NorEaST web portal was developed to serve as a coordinated, multi-agency regional framework...

Ongoing
FY'13
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Chris Caldwell Shifting Seasons: Tribal Climate Adaptation Training with Northeastern Tribes

College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute will host a Shifting Seasons...

Ongoing
FY'13
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Ben Zuckerberg Fitting the Climate Lens to Grassland Bird Conservation: Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability Using Demographically-Informed Species Distribution Models

To develop the framework to identify demographic sensitivities and assess the vulnerability of...

Ongoing
FY'13
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Craig Paukert A Decisions Support Mapper for Conserving Stream Fish Habitats of the NE CSC Region

To integrate results of a current condition habitat assessment of stream habitats that accounts...

Ongoing
FY'13
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Evan Grant Making decisions in complex landscapes: headwater stream management across multiple agencies

There is growing evidence that headwater stream ecosystems are especially vulnerable to changing...

Ongoing
FY'13
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Anthony D'Amato Adaptation strategies for minimizing climate and disturbance impacts on semi-arid forest systems

This collaborative project between UMN, USFS, and USGS is examining the impact of...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Radley Horton Improving the downscaling of climate model for impacts assessments

We are improving downscaling of general circulation model (GCM) data for climate change impacts...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Anthony D'Amato Ecological and hydrological impacts of the emerald ash borer on black ash forests

This project examines the ecological and hydrological impacts of emerald ash borer on black ash-...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Anthony D'Amato Modeling effects of climate change on spruce-fir forest ecosystems and associated priority bird populations

Project goal is to develop tools to identify refugia sites most likely to support spruce-fir...

Ongoing
FY'13
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Chris Caldwell Northeast Regional Climate Assessment of Tribal Communities using SDI Model

In Development: This project looks to examine the vulnerabilities that Indian tribes face from...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Keith Nislow Distributional changes in spruce-fir forests and forest-dependent wildlife: effects of climate variability and climate change

Spruce-fir forests reach their southern limit in New England and the Upper Midwest, and are...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Curtice Griffin Forecasting Songbird Vulnerabilities to Climate Change

This project is focused on evaluating the spatial relationships of migratory bird movements and...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Raymond Bradley Circulation patterns associated with climate extremes

The variability of winter precipitation over the northeastern United States and the...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Richard Palmer Evaluating trends in streamflow extremes in the Northeast USA

Identify statistical trends in observed and simulated maximum, minimum and base (mostly...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Radley Horton Impacts of sea level rise on ecosystems

A reconnaissance study distinguishes coastal areas of the northeastern U.S. (~Virginia-Maine)...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Radley Horton Assessing climate change projections over the Northeast

Using Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) and CMIP3 data, we are...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Linda Deegan The role of freshwater input in determining the contributions of different primary production sources to estuarine food webs in a tidal river

The hydrologic and biological dynamics of the oligohaline transitional zone, where nutrients and...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Linda Deegan Effects of moderate eutrophication on saltmarsh food webs

We examine the impacts of moderate nutrient enrichment on the production mummichog, Fundulus...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Linda Deegan Ecology of coastal migratory striped bass (Morone saxatalis)

Striped bass are a priority species for the Northeast LCC.  Subadult and small adult (375–...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Anthony D'Amato Adaptation strategies for minimizing drought impacts in mixed oak forests of the central hardwood region

Collaborative project between UMN, USFS, and Vinton Furnace Experimental Forest examining the...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Frank Thompson Effects of climate on avian demographics

This is an investigation of the effects of climate on multiple aspects of bird demography,...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Frank Thompson Predicting fire frequency with chemistry and climate

This project is developing a predictive equation for estimating fire frequency based on theories...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Frank Thompson Changes in Forested Landscapes of the Northeastern U.S. Under Alternative Climate Scenarios

This project focuses on predicting the distribution and abundance of 20 dominant tree species...

Ongoing
FY'13
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Core Research Project
Kenneth Potter Assessing vulnerability through storm transposition

Historical climate data for the Midwestern U.S.

Ongoing Core Research Project
Kenneth Potter Stream temperatures in the Driftless Area

 The Driftless Region is blessed with an exceptional coldwater fishery (native brook trout...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Kenneth Potter Climate change, frost, and groundwater recharge in the Midwestern U.S.

The one-dimensional Simultaneous Heat and Water (SHAW) model was used to simulate two continuous...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Anthony D'Amato Climate and disturbance factors affecting shifts between grassland and forest biomes over the past century within the upper Midwest

This project aims to quantify the range in variability in forest dynamics and climate responses...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Anthony D'Amato Effects of climate, disturbance, and management on the growth and dynamics of temperate and sub-boreal forest ecosystems within the Lake States and New England

This project is using tree-ring patterns and long-term data collections from natural and managed...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Raymond Bradley Downscaling of GCM output; studies of climate extremes

A statistical...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Raymond Bradley Multi-model regional model simulations for future climate scenarios

A high resolution regional climate model (RCM) was used to simulate climate of the recent past...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Raymond Bradley Assessment of regional climate model simulation estimates over the northeast United States

We used outputs from an ensemble of regional climate models (RCMs) participating in the North...

Completed Core Research Project
Richard Palmer Evaluating the impacts of climate change in the Connecticut River Basin

For the past four years, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Richard Palmer Evaluating the impacts of climate change on regional hydrology

There are a number of fundamental questions that remain unanswered in the Northeast concerning...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Keith Nislow Effects of hydrologic change and variability on upstream limits of stream fish distribution

Coldwater stream fishes are widely predicted to move upstream in response to warming downstream...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Keith Nislow Decision-support for headwater stream habitats

Coldwater stream habitats are at risk from climate change, but management actions, such as...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Curtice Griffin
Kevin McGarigal
Designing sustainable landscapes

This project is focused on assessing the capability of current and potential future landscapes...

Ongoing Core Research Project
Kasey Hutchinson Environmental Effects of Agricultural Practices, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC – Literature search

The purpose of the project was to conduct an extensive search for both published and ongoing...

Completed
FY'12
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Rob Thieler A Research and Decision Support Framework to Evaluate Sea-level Rise Impacts in the Northeastern U.S.

Previous approaches to quantify coastal vulnerability to sea-level rise have had major...

Completed
FY'12
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Jana Stewart A Stream Temperature Inventory Network and Decision Support Metadata Mapper - Evaluating the Resources to Understanding Climate Change Effects on Streams in New England and the Great Lakes States

Stream data for the northeastern U.S. are needed to enable managers to understand baseline...

Ongoing
FY'12
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Mark Anderson Extending the Northeast Terrestrial Habitat Map to Atlantic Canada

Consistent and accurate landscape datasets are important foundational products for ecological...

Ongoing
FY'12
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Austin Polebitski Bringing People, Data, and Models Together – Addressing Impacts of Climate Change on Stream Temperature

Few studies have focused specifically on the impact of climate change on freshwater ecosystems,...

Ongoing
FY'12
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Core Research Project
Richard Kraus Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes

It is predicted that climate change, which can result in increased temperature, eutrophication (...

Ongoing
FY'12
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
Brian Irwin Characterization of Spatial and Temporal Variability in Fishes in Response to Climate Change

Currently, there exists much uncertainty regarding how climate change will influence different...

Ongoing
FY'12
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project
David Diamond Critically Evaluating Existing Methods and Supporting a Standardization of Terrestrial and Wetland Habitat Classification and Mapping that Includes Characterization of Climate Sensitive Systems

This project will facilitate coordination among the scientific community to provide a comparison...

Ongoing
FY'12
Stakeholder-Identified Research Project