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


NE CASC e-Newsletters

NE CASC Offers "Indigenous Knowledge on Climate Adaptation Science" Course for Five College Consortium Students

Friday, January 15, 2021

A new spring course hosted by the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) will highlight Tribal speakers to discuss climate adaptation science. The course, Geology 497K: Indigenous Knowledge on Climate Adaptation Science, will be held virtually on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:15 PM and is open to undergraduate and graduate students within the Five College Consortium.

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New Publication: Rapid Tidal Marsh Development in Anthropogenic Backwaters

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Hudson River Development

A new study led by NE CASC researcher Brian Yellen shows that Hudson River Estuary marshes are growing significantly faster than current sea level rise, suggesting that they should be resilient to accelerated sea level rise in the future. Concluding that tidal marshes can be developed relatively easily and quickly, this work provides a framework for guiding land conservation strategies.

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NE CASC Holds "Biological Thresholds" Workshop

Monday, December 21, 2020

160 members of the NE CASC community recently participated in our “Biological Thresholds in the Context of Climate Change” workshop. Designed to identify management priorities in addressing the potential climate change-induced crossing of biological thresholds, the workshop attracted staff from 50 federal or state agencies. 

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Save the Dates: Spring 2021 Webinar Series

Friday, December 18, 2020
Bethany Bradley

NE CASC is pleased to announce the lineup for our Spring 2021 Webinar Series. Please mark your calendar to ensure that you don't miss any of these exciting talks!

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New Publication: Hydrologic Variability in Black Ash Wetlands & Vulnerability to Emerald Ash Borer

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Emerald Ash Borer

While black ash wetlands are prevalent in the Great Lakes region, their future is threatened due to impending spread of the invasive emerald ash borer (EAB) and its potential to cause ecohydrologic shifts to wetter, non-forested conditions.  In a new article published by Hydrological Processes, NE CASC PI Anthony D'Amato and his collaborators identify the factors determining vulnerability to such shifts and provide a potential tool to target relevant areas for active management efforts. 

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4th Annual RISCC Symposium: January 20-21

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

The fourth annual RISCC Management Symposium will be held virtually via Zoom on January 20th and 21st, 2021, from 12:30-5pm ET. Please join RISCC for these two half days of presentations and discussion to share perspectives on climate change and invasive species management.

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New Resource: Fall 2020 Webinar Recordings

Sunday, December 13, 2020
A member of Hilary Dugan's research team analyzes a water sample from a Wisconsin lake.

NE CASC recently concluded a highly successful Fall Webinar Series, which witnessed a record number of participants log on to hear four outstanding presentations from Hilary Dugan, Jordan Read, Beth Larry, and Peter McIntyre & Rob Mooney. If you missed these talks the first time around, now is a great time to catch up!

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New Publication: Preparing Wildlife for Climate Change--How Far Have We Come?

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Marine mammals such as the gray seal are one of many species that have been placed under severe stress by climate change.

A recent article authored by NE CASC Deputy Federal Director Olivia LeDee and her collaborators finds that management recommendations for helping wildlife adapt to climate change tend to focus on broad-scale approaches, such as establishing protected areas, rather than on tactics that can be applied at local or regional scales by on-the-ground resource managers. Consequently, while scientists often make recommendations for minimizing the effects of climate change on wildlife, it is unclear how well these suggestions fit the needs of modern wildlife managers. 

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