NECSC News

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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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposes Co-Location of State Climatologist at NE CSC

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Subject to the legislative approval of funding for transportation vulnerability assessments and public health initiatives, Governor Patrick recently proposed a plan for the Energy and Environmental Affairs office to partner with UMass Amherst’s Northeast Climate Science Center in appointing a state climatologist

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Project Highlight: Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In the project, Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes, Dr. Richard Kraus (USGS - Great Lakes Science Center) and his team are examining seasonal food web changes and analytical metrics that can serve as synoptic measures of the effect of climate forces on food web structure and fishery resources in the Great Lakes.

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NE CSC Fellow attends ETPBR LCC meeting

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Jaymi LeBrun, attended the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers (ETPBR) Landscape Conservation Cooperative Steering Committee Meeting

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Spring 2014 NE CSC Webinar Series

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The NE CSC will be continuing our webinar series for the spring semester under the theme, "Extreme Events and Climate Change: Adapting to an Uncertain Future".  We'll be hosting

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New Wildlife and Climate Studies for the NE CSC

Monday, January 6, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced recently that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center is awarding just over $800,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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Grassland Bird Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Meeting

Friday, December 20, 2013
On Dec 4-5, a group of NE CSC-funded scientists met with managers involved in grassland bird conservation to begin to build a demographic database for a select group of grassland bird species.

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Interior Announces Funding for New Scientific Studies as Part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Research Designed to Fill Knowledge Gaps, Provide Land and Wildlife Managers with Tools to Adapt to Climate Change

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New publication: Effects of forest thinning on drought vulnerability and climate response

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This new paper, supported in part by the NE CSC, examines the effectiveness of forest thinning treatments at reducing the impacts of drought events on red pine forest ecosystems in the upper Great Lakes region. 

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Student creates website about the NE CSC

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

UMass Amherst Journalism major, Despina Durand, featured the Northeast Climate Science Center community for a multimedia project this semester.  The project is contained on a website called, "Facing the Future", and includes two video interviews

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Fellows present at AGU!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Several of our NE CSC Fellows are traveling to San Francisco this week to participate in the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.  There will be a variety of NE CSC presentations on climate modeling, ecosystems, and natural resources across the Northeast region.  If you're at AGU this week, stop by and say hi!

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New publication: Effects of temperature on nest predation

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Nest predation can be the largest source of mortality for many bird populations, and nest predation is great enough in many landscapes to limit population or cause population declines.

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New publication: Effects of sea-level rise on barrier island groundwater system dynamics - ecohydrological implications

Friday, November 15, 2013

This new paper, supported in part by the NE CSC, examines the impacts of SLR on groundwater and vegetation on barrier islands, demonstrating the interdependence of groundwater response to island morphology. 

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Special Issue in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment focuses on climate change impacts on ecological systems

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A national assessment of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services will be the focus of an open-access Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment to be released in November, 2013

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Rising from the Ashes: What happens when the trees disappear from the forest?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Chippewa National Forest—Scan the horizon of this vast, open swamp and forest land and you’ll see black ash trees. Millions and millions of black ash, and not much else.

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Workshop: Adaptive Management

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

NE CSC PI Tony D'Amato co-lead a workshop on “Adaptive Management in the Face of Climate Change” for University of Minnesota, Sustainable Forestry Education Cooperative on October 28, 2013.  Conference attendees included federal, county, state, and private foresters from Minnesota, as well as Extension Educators from Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

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Perspective From the Program Manager

Monday, October 28, 2013

As you probably know, just before the government shutdown the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the first of three volumes of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5).

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Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) Fellows hone skills to address the science needs of natural resource managers

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The first annual NE CSC Fellows Retreat will be held near Plum Island, off the North Shore coast of Massachusetts, during the week of October 28th, 2013.  Sixteen Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows will learn about climate challenges to coastal and salt marsh habitats and will meet with federal and state managers, including stakeholders from the nearby Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, the State of MA Coastal Zone Management office, and Division of Ecological Restoration.  NE CSC Consortium leaders and staff will facilitate interactive exercises in which Fellows will practice science co

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Meeting on climate change and NYC water supply

Sunday, October 27, 2013

New York State's Division of Watershed Water Quality Science and Research in the New York City Department of Environmental Conservation convened a meeting of scientists to review the “Climate Change Integrated Modeling Project – Phase I:  Assessment of Impacts on the New York City Water Supply.”  The meeting was held on September 18-19, at the Ashokan Center, near one of the major NYC water supply reservoirs, the Ashokan Reservoir.   NE CSC University Director, Richard Palmer, and Dr. Radley Horton, PI of the NE CSC at Columbia University attended the meeting.  
 

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Impacts from climate change on Indigenous Communities takes center stage in Special Issue of Climatic Change Journal

Friday, October 18, 2013

The impacts of climate change on tribal natural and cultural resources are taking center stage in a newly released Special Issue of the journal Climatic Change[1] (Vol. 20, Issue 3). Released on-line on September 15, 2013, this is the first time a peer-reviewed scientific journal has exclusively devoted an entire edition to climate change and its impacts on indigenous communities across the United States.
 

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