NECSC News

NE CSC Announces FY 15 Funding Opportunity

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Northeast Climate Science Center is seeking Statements of Interest for funding in Fiscal Year 2015 for projects that support CSC science priorities. The deadline for submission of Statements of Interest is June 17, 2014.

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NE CSC project completed: “A research and decision support framework to evaluate sea-level rise impacts in the northeastern U.S.”

Monday, April 28, 2014

Dr. Robert Thieler and colleagues at USGS (Nathaniel Plant and Dean Gesch) and Columbia University (Radley Horton), recently completed their study evaluating sea-level rise impacts in the northeastern U.S. 

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Annual PI Science Meeting - Perspective from the Program Manager

Thursday, April 24, 2014

On April 17 and 18, 23 NE CSC Directors, Principal Investigators, staff, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Graduate Fellows came together to increase research cooperation; discuss future directions and collaborations;  brainstorm about enhancing stakeholder engagement and student development; and delineate goals for the NE CSC.

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NE CSC Fellow in Science! Weeds Making Waves

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Fellow David Johnson had a letter featured in Science last week, entitled "Weeds Making Waves", which described an alternative method for dealing with coastal weeds.  “Phragmites australis is an aggressive, invasive weed that cannot be purged. It grows 6 meters tall and pushes out many wetland species.

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NE CSC Science Coordinator Discusses Climate Impacts on Ecological Systems in the Northeast

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Michelle Staudinger, Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) Science Coordinator, will give a talk on May 6th at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife "Brown Bag Lecture Series" on "Climate Impacts on Ecological Systems in the Northeastern United States".

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Director Ratnaswamy Discusses Climate Change Impacts with NH Senator Shaheen

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

On Tuesday, April 22, 2014, Mary Ratnaswamy, Northeast Climate Science Center Federal Director, participated in a round table discussion with New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen to discuss climate change and its impacts on the state.

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Stream Temperature Data and Modelling Meeting - May 1st

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

This all day meeting highlighting on-going stream temperature research in the Northeast is hosted by the FWS North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, EPA Region 1 and USGS NE Climate Science Center and the USGS Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center.

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University of Missouri helps Feds with climate change research

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NE CSC Fellow Thomas Bonnot at the University of Missouri is featured in a story on Mid-Missouri Public Radio for his work developing models that predict how climate change will effect forests and wildlife.

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Webinar: NE CSC Fish Habitat Data Viewer Planning

Monday, April 14, 2014

The PIs of the NE CSC funded project A Decisions Support Mapper for Conserving Stream Fish Habitats of the NE CSC Region, will be holding a Stakeholder’s webinar: "NE CSC Fish Habitat Data Viewer Planning", on Wednesday May 7, 2014.

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“Massachusetts Action on Climate Change: A discussion of the Commonwealth’s leadership in climate action and plans for the future”

Monday, April 14, 2014

In his talk, the Senator will focus on Massachusetts’ status as a leader on green policies and clean energy practices, as well as plans for future climate legislation.

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CMN awarded NASA's 2014 Innovations in Climate Education Tribal Awards

Monday, April 14, 2014

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project has awarded nearly $3 million in new cooperative agreements to four Tribal Colleges and Universities across the US to enhance learning through the use of the agency’s Earth science resources.

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Storm Transposition and Climate Change

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NE CSC Principal Investigator Ken Potter and colleagues are using “storm transposition” to evaluate the vulnerability of communities to the kinds of flood risk that are likely to increase due to climate change. 

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New publication: Rare sperm whale biodiversity and habitat

Saturday, April 5, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. – In the largest regional study of its type to date, marine ecologist and NE CSC Science Coordinator Michelle Staudinger and colleagues offer better understanding of the feeding ecologies of two very rare sperm whale species in waters off the southeast U.S. coast, adding baseline data they say are important as climate change, fishing and pollution alters the animals’ environment and food sources.

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Advertisement for Post-Doc in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass Amherst

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is seeking two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work in the areas of in hydro-climatology, surface water hydrology, climate science, and the evaluation of climate change impacts in the Northeast Climate Science Center and/or the CEE Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

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Cancelled: World Food Prize Laureate to Speak on Water in a Changing Climate at UMass Amherst

Sunday, March 30, 2014

CANCELLED: AMHERST, Mass. – Daniel Hillel, professor emeritus of soil physics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Israeliwater and soil scientist who developed micro-irrigation to improve agriculture in the Negev desert, will speak on “Water supplies, water requirements and agricultural water use efficiency in a changing climate”

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Hemlock: A Forest Giant on the Edge

Thursday, March 27, 2014

For millennia, Eastern Hemlock trees have held irreplaceable cultural value and created unique forest habitat across New England. Today, they are disappearing from our forests, falling by the tens of thousands as prey to an exotic insect foe. Drawing from a century of long-term studies at the Harvard Forest, the authors explore what hemlock's modern decline can tell us about the challenges facing nature and society in an era of habitat fragmentation, climate change, and shifting human priorities.

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Too warm for your fried perch dinner? Project highlighted on NPR

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


NE CSC funded investigator, Richard Kraus (GLSC, Sandusky, OH) was interviewed by Jennifer Jordan of National Public Radio on-board the R/V Muskie on September 6, 2013 about GLSC science on Lake Erie.

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New Post-doc in forest adaptation

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Dr. Alessandra Bottero will be starting in early March as a new postdoctoral fellow with the UMN Consortium. Dr. Bottero will be working with scientists from UMN, the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (Brian Palik), USGS (John Bradford), and University of Maine (S. Fraver) on a project examining potential adaptation strategies for forests across the northeastern US.

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NE CSC Director Participates in Midwest Regional Climate Meeting

Thursday, March 13, 2014

On March 12-13, Mary Ratnaswamy, Federal Director of the Northeast Climate Science Center, participated in the Midwest Regional Climate Meeting. The objective of this meeting is to gather individuals doing applied climate work in the Midwest region to elevate awareness of climate activities, projects, services and understand how best to coordinate activities in these areas. Attendees at the meeting included the new Midwest USDA Hub, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, nonprofits, and many other agencies and partners. Dr.

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NE CSC’s 2nd Anniversary

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On Monday March 10th, the Northeast Climate Science Center celebrated its 2nd Anniversary. NE CSC staff members and fellows mingled with University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty and students from the Geoscience, Environmental Conservation, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Biology Departments. Dean Goodwin of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment was also in attendance and spoke words of praise and future endeavors alongside Federal and University Directors Mary Ratnaswamy and Rick Palmer. Chocolate cake was enjoyed by all!

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SE and NE CSCs Host Climate Change Meeting for NWR Managers

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Southeast and Northeast Climate Science Centers (CSCs) held an ‘Impacts of Climate Change’ meeting for National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) leaders from Alligator River, Cape Romain, and Blackwater NWRs at the Alligator River NWR on March 5-6, 2014.

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NE CSC Strategic Science Agenda Finalized!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Northeast Climate Science Center’s Strategic Science Agenda defines the context for climate impacts in the NE CSC region, describes the anticipated role and interactions of the NE CSC among its partners and stakeholders during the first five years (2013-2018) of our tenure, and establishes the seven science priorities (listed below) that the NE CSC will address through consortium and competitively funded research activities, as well as collaborations with regional partners.

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Save the Date: Shifting Seasons Summit: Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Training in the Northeast

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute will host a 3-day summit October 15th-17th 2014, focused on different levels of climate change adaptation training for Tribes. 

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NE CSC Fellow attends climate communications workshop

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

NE CSC Fellow, Ethan Coffel recently attended a workshop hosted by the South Central CSC on communication, policy, and outreach.  Ethan's research involves climate models and extreme weather events and human systems.  He also has a strong interest in communications and public outreach, and writes for Northwestern's Science in Society Blog.    Here's what Ethan says about his experience at the workshop:

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