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.

Katie Booras is a Northeast Climate Science Center graduate fellow who just completed her Master’s in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her work focuses directly on managing water resources for a changing climate.

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

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National CSC Training Brings 70 Students and Early Career Professionals Together

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Campus Center at UMass Amhesrt

Virginia Burkett, Associate Director of Climte and Land Use at USGS, Alison Meadow, Staff Scientist - Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions, and Ezra Markowitz of UMass Amherst were the featured speakers at this event.

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New Resource for Decision Makers in Forest Management

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Anthony D'Amato, NE CSC Principal Investigator, Paul Catanzaro of UMass, Amherst, and Emily Silver Huff with the USDA Forest Service have created a guide for land owners and forest managers to improve the way we adapt to a changing climate.  The publication "Increasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain Future" was written for forest decision makers in New England who are taking action to increase resiliency of our northern forests.

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Final Report Now Available: Climate Change Effects on Food Webs in the Great Lakes

Sunday, October 30, 2016
Rachel Wirick holding a Yellow Perch. Photo: R Kraus, USGS

In the recently completed Northeast Climate Science Center project, "Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes", Richard Kraus (USGS Lake Erie Biological Station) and partners addressed regional climate change effects on aquatic food webs in the Great Lakes.

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Using Satellites to Examine Invasive Species

Sunday, October 9, 2016

NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Valerie Pasquarella, shows us the extent of this last summer's gypsy moth invasion in New England using novel techniques in satellite imagery.

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Announcing Four New Projects Funded by the NE CSC

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Connecticut River Photo: Abigail Ericson

The Northeast Climate Science Center has awarded just over $1,000,000 to NE CSC consortium institutions, universities and other partners for research to guide managers cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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Drought in the Northeast and Implications for Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

After a year of exceptionally high temperatures and near-record low precipitation, many of us are thinking about drought in the Northeast and Midwest.

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Expanded Collaboration with LCCs for Coastal Resilience

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Coastal Gulf of Maine.  Photo: M Staudinger, NE CSC/ USGS

The NE CSC and the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (NA LCC) are embarking on a new collaboration to synthesize information about climate change impacts on coastal habitats and species and to make this information easily accessible to local decision-makers as part of the Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool.

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Historic Jamestown: Assessing the Climate Change Impacts on North America’s First European Settlement

Friday, September 16, 2016
Harsh winters, such as this painting (by Sidney King) of the 1607-1608 winter, challenged the survival of the early colonists at Jamestown (Image credit: NPS/COLO).

NE CSC climate scientist and postdoctoral fellow, Alex Bryan, assisted Colonial National Historic Park with identifying the climate stressors most relevant to preserving the Park's historic resources, and provided a suitable set of climate model projections to aid in adaptation planning.  

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