Climate Science Center Academic Directors meet in Arlington, VA

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Climate Science Center Academic Directors and their principal colleagues met last week, May 16 and 17, at the Fish & Wildlife Service office in Arlington, VA.  There was a full agenda of discussions on cross-cutting themes, meetings of working groups, and strategic planning for future directions. Although travel restrictions prevented most USGS partners from participating, staff from the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) joined the meeting to discuss both administrative and strategic topics.  A good time was had by all!

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NE CSC Tribal Partner co-hosts 37th Annual National Indian Timber Symposium, “Overcoming Obstacles in Pursuit of Sustainability”

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hosted by the Menominee Indian Tribe and Stockbridge-Munsee Community at the Menominee Casino & Resort in Keshena, WI on June 10 - 13, 2013.  The Intertribal Timber Council coordinates and conducts an Annual National Indian Timber Symposium designed to facilitate communication from the perspective of tribes, the BIA, private industry, legislative bodies, and academia on issues and concerns of current forestry management practices.  Symposium participants produce findings and recommendations, which are submitted to the Assistant Secretary of the Interior and other federal agencies for fo

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NE CSC works with Vermont researchers to improve climate assessments in Lake Champlain region

Friday, May 10, 2013

NE CSC researchers Jonathan Winter and Radley Horton are working with scientists at the University of Vermont to improve downscaling of general circulation model (GCM) data for climate change impacts assessments in the Lake Champlain Basin as part of the VT Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).  This effort investigates the potential for using high-resolution topographic data to further downscale existing bias-corrected and statistically downscaled GCM simulations of temperature and precipitation.  VT EPSCoR scientists and stakeholders will use the resulting datas

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U.S. Shows Rapid Rise of Temps Since First Earth Day, some states warming at twice global rate

Monday, April 22, 2013

In commemoration of Earth Day, 2013, Climate Central has created an interactive graphic that shows a state-by-state analysis of temperature trends since the first Earth Day took place in 1970. That occasion marked a significant change in America’s environmental consciousness, and led to the creation of, among other things, the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts.


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NE CSC in the News: Forecasting the future of weather

Saturday, April 20, 2013

When it comes to climate change, University of Massachusetts researchers are always looking forward, but they’re also looking back. Way back.

“We have some people looking at warming that happened 30 million years ago,” says Michael Rawlins, an associate professor of geosciences and the director of the university’s Climate System Research Center in Amherst.

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NE CSC hosted the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Team April 18th

Friday, April 19, 2013

"Massachusetts Climate Solutions: Turning research into action for the future" - Climate & Energy poster session and presentation from the MA Global Warming Solutions Team at UMass Amherst on April 18th, 2013.  This event is part of the UMass Earth Day Celebration.

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NE CSC Program Manager presents at the Northeast Natural History Conference

Monday, April 15, 2013

NE CSC Program Manager, Toni Lyn Morelli presented "The Northeast Climate Science Center: Improving the Way Climate Science Informs Resource Management", initial findings from NE CSC projects, at the Northeast Natural History Conference in Springfield MA.

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Consortium institutions celebrate Earth Day

Monday, April 15, 2013

Northeast Climate Science Center Consortium Institutions are holding a variety of events in honor of Earth Day 2013.  Check out an event in your area.

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NECSC Researcher Participates in 2013 Climate Science Day

Monday, April 1, 2013

Jonathan Winter, an NECSC researcher working at Columbia University, participated in Climate Science Day on Capitol Hill this past February as part of the Tri-Societies (Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science) and New York State groups.  He spoke with staffers from congressional districts throughout New York, focusing on a range a potential climate change impacts from heat stress on dairy cattle in Central New York to wine grape production in the Finger Lakes to sea level rise around Staten Island.  Jonathan also met with staffers from the House Agriculture Committee and Senate Committee on A

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NE CSC Investigator featured in Scientific American: The Not-So-Mysterious Loss of Salt Marshes and Ecosystem Services

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Salt marshes are among the most ecologically productive and diverse ecosystems in the United States. They provide important services such as floodwater storage and storm protection for coastal cities such as New Orleans. Healthy marshes also serve essential roles in carbon sequestration, a service of primary concern at current emission rates of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, nutrient removal and water purification. 

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NE CSC participates in United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) meeting

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The United South and Eastern Tribes Inc., (USET) held the 2013 Impact Week meeting February 4-6, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. USET, which is a non-profit, inter-tribal organization that collectively represents its members tribes at the regional and national level, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and information amongst Tribes, agencies and governments.

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Great Lakes community defined by ice ponders life without it

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Story by: Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter; ClimateWire:

For decades, winter visitors to Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Wisconsin's rugged Lake Superior coast have marveled at the artistry that happens when water, waves and subfreezing temperatures converge, creating natural ice sculptures as artful as glassworks.

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SE CSC workshop: Communicating and Using Uncertain Information in Conservation Decision Making

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The earth is continually changing and more so now with climate change. We don’t know with complete certainty how managed and sometimes unmanaged systems will respond under climate change. In spite of the changes and the associated uncertainties, especially precise ones, natural resource decision makers still need to make decisions into the future.

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Student Opportunity: NE CSC project seeks Graduate Research Assistant

Thursday, February 21, 2013

NE CSC Project Investigator, Brian Irwin, seeks a qualified Graduate Research Assistant to join a project focused on analysis of fish population data from the Great Lakes basin. Research will explore how spatial and temporal variation in fish populations may respond to climate change and other important drivers and will examine implications of changing variance structure for monitoring programs.

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Thank you NE CSC Stakeholder Meeting participants!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The NE CSC sends a warm thank you to all who participated in the NE CSC's first two Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning meetings.  Both meetings attracted a broad and diverse array of more than 150 natural resource management stakeholders from federal institutions such as US Fish & Wildlife, US EPA, and NOAA to municipal leaders, non-governmental organizations, and tribal representatives.  The meetings were structured around paired presentations from both Consortium scientists and representative stakeholders according to our seven science themes, all related to climate change adap

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Modeling Climate Science - Forecasting future climates for the Northeast Region

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Since Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar appointed UMass Amherst host to the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC), local ecologists, conservation biologist, engineers, and climate scientists have busily aligned projects and data sets to get the largest of these national centers up and running.

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New paper in Global Change Biology from NE CSC post doc and investigator

Friday, February 8, 2013

Title:  Temperature can interact with landscape factors to affect songbird productivity.  Abstract:  Increased temperatures and more extreme weather patterns associated with global climate change can interact with other factors that regulate animal populations, but many climate change studies do not incorporate other threats to wildlife in their analyses.

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Climate Science Center Tackles the Big Job of Climate Change

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The new campus-based Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC), part of a federal network of eight such Climate Science Centers, is hard at work meeting the considerable challenges of climate change in our region. The NE CSC, in operation for less than a year after being created witha $7.5-million federal grant from the Department of Interior, has selected its first director, Mary Ratnaswamy, is developing a sweeping Strategic Science Agenda to determine the research goals and priorities of the NE CSC, and is already deeply involved in critical research projects.

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Research Funding Opportunity from Northeast Climate Science Center

Friday, January 11, 2013

Funding opportunities are now available from the eight U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) for Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014. Proposals are invited for projects that support CSC science priorities. Eligible applicants are principal investigators from the USGS, CSCs, or university consortium partners of the CSCs. Other interested parties (federal, tribal, state, and others) are encouraged to collaborate with eligible applicants. The deadline for submission of a Statement of Interest for a science project is February 1, 2013.

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Upcoming NE CSC Stakeholder Meetings

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC)

Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning Meeting

January 9-10 – UMass, Amherst

January 17-18  – UMN, St. Paul


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UMass Amherst Climate Modelers See Possible Warmer, Wetter Northeast Winters by 2070

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

NE CSC Investigator in Journal of Geophysical Research:  AMHERST, Mass. – A new high-resolution climate study by University of Massachusetts Amherst climate scientists, the first to apply regional climate models to examine likely near-term changes in temperature and precipitation across the Northeast United States, suggests temperatures are going to be significantly warmer in all seasons in the next 30 years, especially in winter.

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Hurricane Sandy

Friday, November 9, 2012

As the Northeast Climate Consortium, we extend our deepest sympathy and concern to those across the United States that were negatively impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Across the region serviced by the Northeast Climate Science Center, this extreme weather event has uprooted communities, disrupted livelihoods, and left death and destruction in its wake.  Hurricane Sandy, with its impact stretching across the northeast, midwest, and beyond, is exactly the type of incident for which the NECSC was established.

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New Nature paper from NE CSC principal investigator

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Title:  Coastal eutrophication as a driver of salt marsh loss     Abstract:  Salt marshes are highly productive coastal wetlands that provide important ecosystem services such as storm protection for coastal cities, nutrient removal and carbon sequestration. Despite protective measures, however, worldwide losses of these ecosystems have accelerated in recent decades(1). Here we present data from a nine-year whole-ecosystem nutrient-enrichment experiment. Our study demonstrates that nutrient enrichment, a global problem for coastal ecosystems(2-4), can be a driver of salt marsh loss.

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Secretary Salazar Announces Climate Science Funding

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced funding of more than $10 million awarded by Interior's regional Climate Science Centers to universities or other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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Northeast Climate Science Center Director Announced

Thursday, August 16, 2012

AMHERST, Mass. -- Mary Ratnaswamy has been selected as the director of the Department of the Interior's Northeast Climate Science Center, headquartered at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Ratnaswamy will be the first permanent director of the center, which is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers recently established and managed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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