The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center works with natural and cultural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest regions to apply future climate scenarios to decision making and co-produce information, and tools for climate change adaptation.

 

UMass Amherst Master's student Keenan Yakola has been working to understand the impacts climate change will have on nesting seabirds in the Gulf of Maine.  He recently was awarded Best Student Paper at the Pacific Seabird Group annual meeting.

Photo: Earl Johnson

NE CASC Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows assembled in the north woods of New Hampshire to learn about climate science, co-production and building multi-disciplinary research relationships.

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (note our new name!) is proud to present its 2017 annual report.  Recent projects, events, research activities, and Fellow’s work are highlighted.  

NE CASC Postdoctoral Research Fellow Madeline Magee studies how Wisconsin lakes are changing under the effects of climate change and land use. After receiving her Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison, she continued her works as a postdoctoral research...

NE CSC's Regional Science Meeting:  Incorporating Climate Science in the Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Midwest and Northeast took place May 15-17, 2017 on the UMass Amherst Campus.    Click READ MORE for the proceedings. 

Photo: Toni Klemm

Katie Booras is a Northeast Climate Science Center graduate fellow who recieved a 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 CASC 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 NE CASC’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

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Save the Dates: NE CASC Regional Science Symposium

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

NE CASC invites the climate adaptation science community to participate in our 2021 Regional Science Symposium, which will take place online on Tuesday, October 26th, and Wednesday, October 27th. Please mark your calendars for this exciting event!

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Save the Dates: Fall 2021 Webinar Series

Sunday, July 25, 2021

We are delighted to announce the lineup for our Fall Webinar Series, which will begin on Wednesday, September 15th, at 4:00 PM with a presentation by NE CASC researchers Jon Woodruff and Brian Yellen.

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New Publication: Translational Invasion Ecology--Bridging Research and Practice to Address One of the Greatest Threats to Biodiversity

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Common Buckthorn

Despite strong socio-political imperatives, the pairing of invasion ecology with stakeholder needs to support effective management and policy is lacking. As a potential solution to this problem, a team of NE CASC researchers has published an article proposing the concept of Translational Invasion Ecology. An extension of translational ecology, this framework is designed to increase collaboration among scientists, practitioners, and policy makers in hopes of reducing negative impacts of invasive species. 

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New Report: Trade-Offs and Opportunities for Forest Carbon and Wildlife Using a Climate Adaptation Lens

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Pitch Pine-Scrub Oak Barrens

On a warming planet, a key challenge natural resource managers face is how to protect wildlife while mitigating climate change—as through forest carbon storage—to the greatest extent possible. But in some ecosystems, habitat restoration for imperiled species may be incompatible with maximizing carbon storage. A new report from NECASC collaborators Caitlin Littlefield and Anthony D’Amato delves into this management conundrum. 

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Project Completed: Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning for Projected Changes in Water Quality and Quantity for Protected Areas in the Upper Mississippi Watershed

Monday, July 19, 2021
Black River Delta, Wisconsin

Kristen Bouska and John DeLaney have completed the final report for their NE CASC project, "Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning for Projected Changes in Water Quality and Quantity for Protected Areas in the Upper Mississippi Watershed."

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New Publication: U.S. Plant Regulatory Lists Are Reactive and Inconsistent

Thursday, July 1, 2021

More than 500 invasive plant species are currently taking root across the U.S., a number that is expected to increase as climate change allows invasive species to shift their growing ranges and move northward. According to a new article in the Journal of Applied Ecology authored by a team including NE CASC Principal Investigator Bethany Bradley and her collaborators, this problem is compounded by inconsistent regulations within the U.S., where varying state restrictions on invasive species undermine governmental efforts to respond adequately to this threat.

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New Publication: Effects of Timber Harvest on Epigeous Fungal Fruiting Patterns and Community Structure in a Northern Hardwood Ecosystem

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

In this article recently published in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research,  NE CASC principal investigator Anthony D'Amato and his collaborators examined the response of fungal fruiting bodies, which constitute an important part of the diet of many mammal and invertebrate species, to adaptation strategies designed to sustain northern hardwood forest ecosystems in northern New England. 

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New Publication: Unraveling the Mystery of New England Beaches

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Although New England beaches are well known to the millions who flock to them during the summer, these sedimentary systems have been, until very recently, shrouded in a geological mystery. Prior to the recent publication of a Marine Geology article by NE CASC Principal Investigator Jon Woodruff, the factors governing the degree of beach slope were largely unknown. The findings from Woodruff's study, which decisively unravel this mystery, are critically important for understanding how New England’s beaches will respond to rising sea levels and increased storm activity.

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