NE CASC Newsletter 6.6.18

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

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Our Name has Changed!     We are now the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC). With the passage of the fiscal year 2018 budget, the name of the Climate Science Centers (CSCs) was changed to the Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) and the name of the USGS National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) was changed to the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC). Keep an out out in the coming weeks as we update our logo and make the transition on our website and products.  Our mission remains the same- we are still hard at work delivering science to help fish, wildlife, water, land and people adapt to a changing climate.  Read More >> 


2017 Annual Report is Now Available     The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is proud to present its 2017 annual report.  Read about completed projects, our two new Tribal Climate Science Liaisons, trainings and outreach, Fellows’ highlights, and a summary of the Regional Science Meeting. Read More >


Project Completed: Supporting Relationships Between Tribes and Climate Science      Led by NE CASC PI Chris Caldwell, the Director of the Sustainable Development Institute at the College of Menominee Nation. This project focused on developing climate scenario planning activities led by the Tribes and Tribal members.  We provided relevant climate science information and support as Tribes either started or continued climate adaptation planning work.  Read More >> 


Project Completed: Making Decisions in Headwater Stream Ecosystems     Led by Evan Grant, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.  This project provides an example of cooperative decision-making by addressing the conservation of headwater stream ecosystems in the face of climate change at the watershed scale.  Read More >> 


NE CASC Hosts the first Slow the Flow for Climate Resilience Workshop     On May 17th,we held the first of the “Slow the Flow Workshop: Managing the Connecticut River Watershed in an Uncertain Future,” in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and the UMass Amherst Extension Service. The workshop brought together practitioners and decision-makers invested in climate adaptation actions to mitigate anticipated extreme storm flows and surges. Read More >>


Recent Publications from the NE CASC

Upcoming Presentations by NE CASC

  • Michelle Staudinger will present “Climate-induced shifts in phenology: Case studies of fish, whales, and seabirds in the Gulf of Maine” at the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) 4th International Symposium on The Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans. Washington DC.  June 7.
  • Michelle Staudinger will present an overview of the climate issues and what it means to Cape Ann coastal communities, families, marine industries and other businesses at the Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative: Coastal Resilience. June 20.
  • Valerie Pasquarella will present a during the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program’s Innovations in Invasive Species Prevention and Management Summit during New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week. July 9th.
  • Radley Horton will present ”Tipping Points and Surprises,” a USGCRP Webinar on the Climate Science Special Report, August 2.



2018 Graduate Climate Conference     November 2-4, 2018 at the University of Washington Pack Forest Conference Center. Applications for the GCC2 2018 are now open until June 8. Read More >> 

Northwest Climate Conference     Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are requested for a range of topics focused on climate and adaptation. Due June 8. Boise Idaho, October 9-1.  Read More >> 

Workshop Protecting Biodiversity in a Changing Climate    Geared towards land trusts and will discuss building climate resilience into management priorities, where plants and animals can adapt, and online mapping tools.  Grafton, MA, June 12.  Read More >> 

Second Annual Northeast RISCC Symposium     The Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) symposium will bring together natural resource managers and scientists to discuss how climate change might affect invasion risk in the northeastern region and to identify ways to translate research into management action. UMass, Amherst, July 12.  Read More >>

84th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference     Denver, Colorado, March 4-8, 2019.  Proposals for agenda items due June 19.  Read More >> 

NOAA’s 43rd Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop     Santa Barbara, California, October 23-25, 2018.  The abstract deadline is July 20, 2018. Read More >>  

National Adaptation Forum     Call for proposals for symposia, training sessions, working groups, oral presentations, posters, and the tools cafe due August 3.  Read More >> 

ITEP Conference: 8th Annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum     Conference theme: A National Conversation on Tribal Land and Water Resources.  Spokane, WA, August 13-16.  Read More >>  

Online Graduate Certificate in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management    Offered by Michigan State University.  Fall 2018. Read More >> 

Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation Planning Course     An overview to planning for climate change impacts, highlighting the work of several tribes intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. San Diego, August 7-9.  Applications due June 20.  Read More >> 



National Phenology Network Visualization Tool     This new data visualization tool developed by the USA National Phenology Network provides functions to choose specific phenological observations from the large database in order to tailor summaries and analyses to a user’s needs. Options include: Filter data by year, species, and/or partner group that collected the observations; Select data geographically by selecting layers (optional); Visualize data with a scatter plot (showing the relationship between two sets of data), calendar (showing annual timing of phenophase activity),  or map (showing ground-based observations against phenology maps of Accumulated Growing Degree Days and Spring Index models); Share a link to the map you have created, or download the dataset you have filtered.  Read More >> 


————OTHER NEWS——————

National Climate Adaptation Science Center 2017 Annual Report     The CASCs continued to support a wide range of science and activities as highlighted in the 2017 Annual Report. Read More >> 

Postdoctoral Fellow Speaks at Climate Leadership Summit     Ambarish Karmalkar presented findings on Massachusetts climate projections.  As part of Earth Day observances, the UMass School of Earth and Sustainability (SES) and the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee hosted this meeting. Read More >> 

NE / SE Tribal Climate Science Liaison Featured in UMass Magazine     Casey Thornbrugh, who is based on the UMass Amherst campus, was the focus of an article in the spring magazine.  Read More >> 

Graduate Fellow Receives Award for Non-Profit    Amanda Davis’ non-profit, Our Wicked Fish received $10,000 from the Massachusetts Baker-Polito Administration.  Read More >> 

Newly Developed Climate Projections and Data Assisting Massachusetts Towns     Information provided by NE CASC researchers are feeding into Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) programs on Cape Cod. Read More >>  

Graduate Fellow Featured in Annual Roseate Tern Newsletter     Keenan Yakola’s work with seabirds with Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and partners (USFWS and Project Puffin) was featured in pages 35-42.  Read More >> 

Op-Ed on Carbon Pricing     NE CASC PI, Ray Bradley with James Boyce, both of UMass Amherst, make the case in the Commonwealth Magazine.  Read More >> 



Sleeper Invasive Species and Climate Change    Informative flyer for on what sleeper species are and how managers can prioritize and prepare. From the Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change network.  Read More >> 

Gypsy Moth Impact as Seen from Space     Postdoctoral Fellow Valerie Pasquarella just released updated LANDAT analysis for New England.  Read More >>  

Midwest Climate Observer    Newsletter from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.  Read More >> 

GLISA: Climate Trends and Impacts Summary for the Great Lakes Basin     Synthesis report summarizing the previous years’ climate trends, events, new research, assessments, and related activities.  Read More >> 

Publication on Engaging Communities for Climate Change     UMass Amhest’s David Glassberg, "The Changing Cape: Using History to Engage Coastal Residents in Community Conversations about Climate Change.”  Read More >> 

Publication on Encouraging Cross-discipline Research   “Overcoming early career barriers to interdisciplinary climate change research.”  Read More >> 

NPS Report on Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge Projections     Information for the NPS sites that are situated on or near the coast.   Read More >> 

Climate Wizard     Enables technical and non-technical audiences to easily and intuitively access leading climate change information and visualize the impacts anywhere on Earth.  Read More >> 

Learn More About Plants from NCASC    Spring is here and in many places, trees are budding and the world is looking a bit more colorful. Many plants face challenges from increases in tree eaters to worsening droughts. Learn more with 10 Things You May Not Know About Plants and Forests. Read More >> 

Native Knowledge: What Ecologists Are Learning from Indigenous People     Article from Yale Environment 360. Read More >> 

CAKE’s New Look     The Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) has just launched a new and improved version of their website.  CAKE aims to build a shared knowledge base for managing natural and built systems in the face of rapid climate change and is intended to help build an innovative community of practice. Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: Adaptation in Action    The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest: Implementing a Comprehensive Approach to Climate Change Response.  Read More >> 

CCRC’s New Look     The Climate Change Resource Center has a new layout and improved search functions to explore great content about managing lands under a changing climate. Read More >>

How to Make Your Science More Accessible     Nature article on using video to promote and translate your publications to a non-technical audience.  Read More >> 



Funding Opportunity: Tribes and Resilience    BIA's Tribal Resilience Program funding for tribal projects that support tribal resilience and ocean and coastal management planning.  Open to federally-recognized tribes.   Due July 2. BIA 1800-0002. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Tribal Organizations and Resilience     Similar grant opportunity as above, open to not-for-profit, non-governmental tribal organizations and associations, and tribally-controlled colleges and universities (TCUs), collectively referred to as “tribal organization(s).”  Due July 12.  BIA 1800-0001.  Read More >>  

Webinar Recording on Tribal RFP     Tribal resilience and ocean and coastal planning presentation and slides include frequently asked questions. Read More >>  

Funding Opportunity: GSA Scholarship     Minority student scholarships  in the amount of $1,500 are granted to six undergraduate students. Students also receive a complimentary, one-year GSA student membership and full meeting registration to the GSA Annual Meeting. Application due  15 June.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Addressing Disasters     Economic Development Administration is awarding $587 million in grants to eligible entities to address economic challenges in disaster-impacted areas.  Applications are accepted on a continuing basis. Read More >> 

Call for Papers     Journal of Science Communication Special Issue on Communication at the Intersection of Science and Politics.  Due June 30. Read More >> 

Opportunity for Native Students     National Science Foundation funded workshop focused on Mentoring Our Own Native Scientists (MOONS).  Sept 19-21, 2018 at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Applications due June 30.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity     Assistant/Associate Professor in Climate Science, Extension and Research Department of Soil, Water, and Climate University of Minnesota. Read More >>  

Postdoctoral Fellowship     Interdisciplinary investigation of climate change impacts  and responses of species in northeastern United States.  Based at UMass Amherst.  Applications due June 8.  For more information contact Toni Lyn Morelli. 



Wednesday, June 13, 1:15pm-2:45pm MT

Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability-“Climate Change Adaptation & Resilience Leadership Series”

Movement & Field Building – Climate Justice & Adaptation

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Thursday, June 21 at 11 am-12:30 pm ET

Climate-Smart Open Standards

Climate Change Scenario Planning

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Tuesday, June 26 at 3 pm ET

National Climate Adaptation Science Center  

Well Traveled Bird Seeks Fun Loving Plant: Waterfowl Seeking Submerged Aquatic Vegetation  

Kristin DeMarco, Louisiana State University

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Wednesday June 27, 1:00 pm  ET

Tribes and Climate Change Webinars

Evaluating Tribal Utility Authority Opportunities

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Thursday, June 28 at 11 am-12:30 pm ET

Climate-Smart Open Standards

Climate Conceptual Models

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Tuesday, July 10th, 11:00 am PT

Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

Best Practices for Collaborative Climate Adaptation Research Between Tribal and Non-Tribal Partners

Chas Jones & Amelia Marchand

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Wednesday July 11th at 12-1:30 pm ET

Climate-Smart Open Standards

Climate-smart Threat Rating and Strategy Selection 

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