The Northeast Climate Science Center provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change in the Northeast region.

Take a trip with Paul and his team into the field!  We’ve updated our highlight of Paul with a neat video that paints a picture of one aspect of his Ph.D. investigation into how brook trout are affected by and adapt to climate change.  

Photo: Andy Castillo

This recent Fellow with the Northeast Climate Science Center does a lot of work behind the scenes, but his research on salt marshes is vital to many systems, from the scallops in a Florida bay, to important decision-making agencies on Long Island. 

NE CSC Graduate Fellow Pearl May works with a team at the University of Wisconsin to help 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.

Photo: Dana O'Shea

The 2015 NE CSC Fellows Retreat was held September 22-25 in Suring, Wisconsin. Twenty Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows gathered to share their research, develop collaborations, and learn from stakeholders and scientists who have established strong working relationships.

Photo: Thomas Bonnot, NE CSC Graduate Fellow

The Northeast Climate Science Center is proud to present its Annual Report.  Research activities and accomplishments are highlighted for a variety of events and projects held over the last year.  Featured events include: the Shifting Seasons Building Capacity for Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Summit, which brought tribes and scientists together...

Climate change threatens our lands and seas, our wildlife, and our natural and cultural resources. To conserve our natural environment, managers rely on climate model projections to determine where to take action, what type of action to take, and how much action to apply. Alex Bryan, postdoctoral fellow and climate scientist for the NE CSC, provides such guidance.

Photo: Alex Bryan. Water Vapor Mixing Ratio

The NE CSC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows are actively engaged in research that provides scientific information and tools that natural resource managers can use to aid climate adaptation in the Northeast region.  What are they working on and who will benefit from their research?  Watch the video!

NE CSC Fellow David Johnson was standing in a salt marsh on the northern Massachusetts coast when he saw a fiddler crab, Uca pugnax, nearly 50 miles north of its supposed natural range. The migration north of this charismatic crab with the big, waving claw may be yet another sign of climate change.

Photo: David Johnson

American Indian Tribes have continuously adapted to changing climates for thousands of years by adapting their lifestyles and cultural practices.  The October 2014 Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation Summit in Kashena, WI focused on building relationships between tribes and climate researchers.

Photo: 2014 Summit. Julie Edler, College of Menominee Nation.

Understanding how climate and landscapes affect species demography is critical to forecasting impacts on wildlife.  Productivity of species, such as this Acadian flycatcher sitting on her nest, is affected by weather and patterns in the surrounding landscape. 

Photo: W. Andrew Cox, University of Missouri-Columbia

Developing strategies for addressing global change, including changing climatic regimes, invasive species, and changing land use, is the grand challenge to sustainable management and conservation of forests.  Experimentally girdled black ash within the Chippewa National Forest, MN are being used to anticipate the impacts of emerald ash borer on the vegetation dynamics and...

Photo: Anthony D’Amato, UMN Department of Forest Resources

During our January 2013 NE CSC Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning Meetings, we asked our stakeholders, "In five words or less describe the most important climate science need for the geographic region covered by the NECSC"...

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State-level Climate Projections

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
NY State Climate Projections

NE CSC Principal Investigator, Ray Bradley, with NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow Ambarish Karmalkar have created individualized reports for 22 states of the Northeast and Midwest of climate projections and impacts.

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Northeast Coastal Response to Rising Seas

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

NE CSC Affiliated Investigators Erika Lentz and Rob Thieler, of the USGS Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, along with NE CSC PI, Radley Horton of Columbia University and co-authors have produced a comprehensive sea level rise study of the Northeast’s coasts incorporating the dynamic responses different coastlines are expected to have to changing conditions of land and ocean.  

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Changing Faces of the NE CSC’s PIs from the University of Wisconsin

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pete McIntyre of the UW Center of Limnology has joined the Northeast Climate Science Center team of principal investigators representing our seven consortium institutions. 

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Climate Change Impacts on Marine Species of Conservation Concern

Thursday, March 10, 2016
North Atlantic Right Whale. Photo: NEAq

NE CSC Science Coordinator, Michelle Staudinger, and USGS Director, Mary Ratnaswamy met with scientists at the New England Aquarium (NEAq) in Boston to discuss shared priorities for addressing climate change impacts on coastal and marine species of conservation concern.

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Uncertainty is Information, Too

Friday, February 5, 2016
A group of researchers, scientists and managers examine forest conditions and habitat suitability. One of the uncertainties they face is how alternative fuel management practices could reduce fire risk. By looking at various scenarios and the associated uncertainty, the team can develop risk metrics to help them compare the practices under consideration.

NE CSC’s Frank Thompson of the University of Missouri and his Graduate Fellow Tom Bonnot explain how accounting for doubt helps inform decision making.

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Climate Change Rapidly Warming World’s Lakes

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Rapid and highly variable warming of lake surface waters around the globe

Climate change is rapidly warming lakes around the world, threatening freshwater supplies and ecosystems, according to a new study spanning six continents. More than 60 scientists took part in the research, including NE-CSC-funded investigator Jordan S. Read and NE CSC’s new Principal Investigator, Pete McIntyre.

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Announcing the Spring NE CSC Webinar Series!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Mark your calendars for an eight-webinar series this spring from the NE CSC, highlighting research from our funded projects, an early career showcase, and a featured presentation from Julio Betancourt from the USGS.

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Understanding Heat Stress and Preparing for the Future

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
The work of Ethan Coffel, NE CSC Graduate Fellow at Columbia University was featured in several news outlets following the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual meeting in San Fransisco.  By later this century, parts of the world where the population is expected to rise the most will experience an increase in the worst heat events — 

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