NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center


NE CSC Webinar:  "Recognizing Resilience: Understanding community based responses to acute and chronic disturbance"  November 6, 3:30pm ET.  In order to fill critical gaps in our understanding of social and environmental change, this presentation will explore how community-based environmental stewardship plays a role in the resilience cycle.  Understanding stewardship as part of a larger social-ecological system aids in our collective ability to exchange information, innovate, respond and leverage resources critical to improving conditions in a changing climate.  This presentation will draw from research and methods from a number of study areas including acts of terrorism, severe storms and economic downturns.  Erika Svendsen is a Research Social Scientist with the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.  Her research interests involve all aspects of urban environmental stewardship and how systems of stewardship shape new forms of governance, collective resilience, sacred space and human well-being. She studies these systems from the perspective of individuals and organizations.  Read more...


NE CSC Fellows hone skills to address the science needs of natural resource managers     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 communication and engaging stakeholders in the research design process.


Meeting on climate change and NYC water supply     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.   Professor Richard Palmer, NE CSC University Director,  and Dr. Radley Horton, PI of the NE CSC at Columbia University attended the meeting.  Read more…


Soils Conference - Climate trends and adaptation    NE CSC Federal Director, Dr. Mary Ratnaswamy, presented at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation's East Coast conference on "Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy" on October 23rd, 2013 at UMass Amherst.  The session was titled, "Climate Change Trends and Adaptation".  Read more…


Three of the World’s Most Distinguished Climate Scientists to Receive Honorary Degrees from UMass Amherst     The University of Massachusetts Amherst confered honorary degrees on three of the world’s leading climate scientists and the Geosciences Department unveiled a lush new display of minerals in Morrill Hall as part of its Climate Science Symposium and Convocation on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19. Read more...


Two recent forest management seminars    NE CSC Consortium lead Tony D'Amato presented  “Adaptive silviculture and site level considerations for northern hardwoods” at the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters State Conference in Minocqua, WI, on September 17.  D'Amato also presented “Examining management options and impacts for black ash forests threatened by EAB” at the North Central Forest Pest Workshop in Frontenac, MN on September 24.  Read more…


New Papers from the NE CSC: 

•                Statistical downscaling and bias correction of climate model outputs for climate change impact assessment in the U.S. northeast

•                Long-term mortality rates and spatial patterns in an old-growth Pinus resinosa forest

•                Influence of competition and age on tree growth in structurally complex old-growth forests in northern Minnesota, USA

•                Animating the Carbon Cycle




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New Fifth Assessment Report from the IPCC    (From the NE CSC Program Manger)  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).  Although these documents are essentially just lengthy summaries of the latest literature on climate change, they are particularly useful for two reasons.  First, they allow those of us who are not reading every journal and paper relevant to the subject to get a broad view of what is understood in the realm of climate change and its impacts. Second, they create space in the media and political sphere to focus on the subject of climate change, what's happening and what we're going to do about it.  Read more...



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Tuesday, October 29, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Union of Concerned Scientists (Part of the Lewis M. Branscomb Forum series) presents, 

"Sandy, One Year Later: Looking to the Future"

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Tuesday, November 5, 1:15 pm EST

Security and Sustainability Forum presents,

"A Monthly Environmental Security Scenario Series: Session 2 - International Water Security"

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Wednesday, November 6, 12:00 pm EST

Bard National Climate Seminar presents,

"National Climate Seminar: The Social Cost of Carbon Just Went Up"

Laurie Johnson

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Wednesday, November 6, 3:30 pm EST

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Recognizing Resilience: Understanding community based responses to acute and chronic disturbance"

Erika Svendsen, US Forest Service 

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Wednesday, November 6, 1:15 pm EST

Security and Sustainability Forum presents,

"Preparing the Nation for Change: Building a Sustained National Climate Assessment Process"

James Buizer

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Thursday, November 7, 3:30 pm EST

NCCWSC Climate Science and Management webinar series presents, 

“Historical Trends in Summer Precipitation, Baseflows, and Stormflows in New England and Projections of Seasonal Streamflows for Coastal Streams in Maine”

Robert Dudley and Glenn Hodgkins

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Thursday, November 14, 2013, 1 pm EST

Co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center,, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network,

"Impacts of Sea Level Rise on National Parks"

Rebecca Beavers and Courtney Schupp of the US National Park Service

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Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 pm ET

NCCWSC Climate Science and Management webinar series presents,  

"Predicted Climate Change Effects on Fisheries Habitat and Production in the Great Lakes"

David Bunnell

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Wednesday, November 20, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Conservation in the face of climate change: How can decision makers use the best available science in preparation for extreme events?"

Michael Runge, USGS

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GLISA Symposium 2013     On Monday, November 4, 2013, GLISA is holding a public research symposium from 1:30-4:30pm. The theme of this year's symposium is: The Role of Boundary Organizations in Adaptation to Climate in the Great Lakes Region.  Read more or View live webcast




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Information Exchange Opportunity by Lake States Fire Science Consortium (UMGL LCC)    The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), is a network of fire managers and scientists interested in the fire-dependent ecosystems of the northern Lake States region. To enhance the existing understanding of disturbances, vegetation, and wildlife and the integration of this knowledge into the management of northern Lake States ecosystems, an information exchange is being initiated.  Read more…


The Upcoming Forest Characterization Database for the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Seeing the Forest and the Trees (GCPO LCC)    Foresters in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley will soon find it much easier to manage their timber cuts for the benefit of wildlife.  Read more…


Modeling Climate Change Impacts to Wildlife (NA LCC)     A paper in the Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management presents an overview of the types of models available to forecast the impacts of climate change on processes affecting fish and wildlife habitat. Read more…




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Secretary Jewell Announces $162 Million for 45 Projects to Protect Atlantic Coast Communities from Future Storms    In advance of next week’s one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that $162 million will be invested in 45 restoration and research projects that will better protect Atlantic Coast communities from future powerful storms, by restoring marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuilding shorelines, and researching the impacts and modeling mitigation of storm surge impacts.  Read more...


Warming Lake Superior prompts a tribe to try a new fish    On the shore of Lake Superior, the Keweenaw Bay Indians are raising walleye in addition to the traditional trout at their hatchery. They need to keep pace with their changing lake.  Read more...


Researching coastal processes and sedimentation to understand climate     When extreme weather events like hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy occur, causing the upheaval of thousands of lives, people want to put these events into perspective. Are they isolated weather phenomena? Are they historically recurring events? Or are they new patterns resulting from climate change? While the historic records of such events go back only so far, UMass geoscientist Jon Woodruff takes the long view of the history of extreme weather by studying coastal processes and river sedimentation to reveal the earth’s past weather patterns and the potential impacts of climate change.  Read more…


New England’s threatened lobster     Are lobsters the new symbol of climate change?  The answer, increasingly, is yes. Lobster populations are exploding in the Gulf of Maine, but are plummeting in the waters of southern New England. In 2012, the Gulf of Maine set a record catch of 126 million pounds, double the average of a decade before and six times the average of the 1980s. Read more…


The 2013 Flash Drought     The two ingredients for flash droughts are much below-average precipitation and much above-average temperatures. Precipitation deficits can be on the order of 25% of average or less over the course of several weeks. Flash drought is most likely to occur in the Midwest in July and August when the rates are already highest for evaporation from open water and soils, and for transpiration from plants.  Read more…


CAKE Highlight: Water Supply Planning for Illinois     The Illinois State Water Survey, in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Office of Water Resources and the Illinois State Geological Survey, examined historical climate information and future climate scenarios in order to improve the understanding of and planning for the effects of climate change on supply and demand of regional water resources. Read more...


NOAA Quarterly Climate Outlook, September 2013     The contents include a retrospective on the Summer 2013 season, as well as a look forward from the NOAA/NWS/Climate Prediction Center for the region.  Read more...




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Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)     The Working Group I contribution to the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) considers new evidence of climate change based on many independent scientific analyses from observations of the climate system, paleoclimate archives, theoretical studies of climate processes and simulations using climate models. View Report or Video on 25 years of the IPCC


Impacts from climate change on Indigenous Communities takes center stage in Special Issue of Climatic Change Journal     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. A collaborative effort by over 50 authors representing tribal communities, academia, government agencies and NGOs resulted in this Special Issue, which explores issues currently experienced by indigenous communities in the U.S. due to climate change, including loss of traditional knowledge, forests and ecosystems, food security and traditional foods, and water, Arctic sea ice loss, permafrost thaw, and relocation. View special issue or View news story


New Reports Explore How A Shifting Climate May Impact Eight U.S. Regions      The United States will be a much hotter place, precipitation patterns will shift, and climate extremes will increase by the end of the 21st century, according to reports released in January 2013 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in support of the National Climate Assessment (NCA). More recently, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) summarized the January reports into 2-page summaries for each region.  Read more…


EPA Releases Report of Climate Change Impacts on Streamflow and Water Quality in 20 Watersheds in the United States     To develop this report, watershed modeling was conducted in 20 large U.S. watersheds to characterize the sensitivity of streamflow, nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus), and sediment loading to a range of plausible mid-21st century climate change and urban development scenarios.   Read more…


NOAA Releases Report Explaining Extreme Events of 2012 from a Climate Perspective     Eighteen different research teams from around the world contributed to this peer-reviewed report that examined the causes of twelve extreme events that occurred during 2012. Read more… 


Cost estimates for flood resilience and protection strategies in NYC    In the aftermaths of Hurricanes Irene, in 2011, and Sandy, in 2012, New York City has come to recognize the critical need to better prepare for future storm surges and to anticipate future trends, such as climate change and socio-economic developments. The research presented in this report assesses the costs of six different flood management strategies to anticipate long-term challenges the City will face.  Read more…


Using Scenarios to Explore Climate Change: A Handbook for Practitioners (National Park Service)     This handbook describes the five-step process for developing multivariate climate change scenarios taught by the Global Business Network during a series of training workshops hosted by the National Park Service in 2010 and 2011. The authors created this guide as a reference for workshop participants who possess some familiarity with scenario planning. Read more…


Research Links Woodpecker Population Boom to Emerald Ash Borer Invasion    In a study published this week in the journal Biological Invasions, NRS research entomologist Andrew Liebhold and Cornell University scientists document how an emerald ash borer invasion fueled a population boom for four species of birds in the Detroit area.  Read more…


Climate Change is Altering North American Forests    A new study found that forests in North America are experiencing multiple changes due to global warming. Researchers at Dartmouth University cite climate change as the agent behind increased insect outbreaks, wildfires, and plant diseases – but they also explain that climate change has caused many forests to grow faster and increase their resilience to pests. Read more or View study




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NASA DEVELOP Program    Deadline Nov 18th.  Projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Students will work with NASA scientists and partner organizations to learn about the use of NASA remote sensing imagery for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. Read more…


National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program (US EPA)  Deadline Nov 18th.  The Exchange Network Grant Program provides finding to states, tribes, inter-tribal consortia and territories to develop and implement the information technology and information management capabilities they need to actively participate in the Exchange Network. Read more…


2013 Tribal Climate Change Adaptation Grant Program (BIA)   Deadline: Nov 29th.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has up to $600,000 available in fiscal year 2013/2014 available for competitive grants for tribal adaptation, training, and tribal travel support to participate in technical training, workshops, forums and cooperatives. Read more…


Job Opportunity:  Faculty position at North Carolina State University     NC State University is proud to announce the second phase of hiring in the Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program, a cluster hire program spanning academic colleges and other partners to enhance interdisciplinary research strengths and the development of innovative curricula. Read more…


Job Opportunity:  Union of Concerned Scientists     Within UCS’s Climate & Energy Program, the Senior Climate Scientist will work under the direction of both the Director of Program Development and the Senior Climate Scientist & Climate Campaign Analytic Lead. Read more…