NE CSC Newsletter 2.26.18

Monday, February 26, 2018

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**THIS WEEK**  NE CSC Webinar on Detecting Climate Impacts with Satellite Imagery     On Wednesday, February 28 at 3:30pm eastern, UMass Amherst’s Valerie Pasquarella will show us various ways long-term time series satellite imagery and maps are used to help identify ecosystem change, including abrupt shifts in cover types, long-term trends, and short-term changes in condition.  Landsat imagery and analysis provide additional tools for researchers and managers to anticipate and prepare for impacts of climate change. This webinar was originally scheduled for February 7.  Read More >>

Comprehensive Report on Vulnerability of Northeastern Forests     A new assessment is available of the vulnerability of forest ecosystems across the New England region (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, northern New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont) under a range of future climates.  Co-authored by researchers from NIACS, NE CSC, state agencies and other institutions, this provides a compressive assessment of what forest and natural resources managers can expect in the future.  Read More >> 

NE CSC-Funded Project Receives Communications Award     A data visualization website explaining climate change impacts to lakes and fish won the Shoemaker Award for External Communications Excellence. The decision-support tool, “Shifts in Fish Habitat Under Climate Change” makes the results of a new study of midwestern lakes the anticipated changes to populations of sport fish, such as walleye and largemouth bass, more accessible to non-technical audiences (see the following “Project Completed”). Congratulations!  Read More >> 

Project Completed: Sport Fish in Midwest Lakes and Climate Change     This project, led by Jordan Read of the USGS, assembled a team of lake modelers, aquatic ecologists, fisheries biologists, and data scientists to reconstruct the modern temperature record in Midwestern lakes (1979- 2015). These data were then used to explain declines in important native fish and project future changes that will enable managers to prioritize resilient lakes. In addition to contributing to our understanding of changing lake dynamics by developing research methods to model changes in 10,000 Midwestern lakes, and pairing these findings with projected impacts on critical sport fish populations (walleye and largemouth bass), the team also generated an interactive website for the general public (see above).   Read More >> 

Project Completed: How Fish Populations are Affected by Climate Change     This project, led by Brian Irwin of the USGS, provides analytical methods to disentangle variably in fish catch data, and provides useful methods for detecting trends to fish populations over time.  This will help managers in the Great Lakes basin and other freshwater lakes that have experienced large-scale changing conditions detect and predict impacts of climate change on fish populations, the potential consequences for monitoring programs, and the ability to communicate scientific uncertainties in ways that are useful to decision-makers. Tune in April 11 for the NE CSC webinar by Tiffany Vidal.  Read More >> 

Recent Publications from the NE CSC

Upcoming Presentations by NE CSC

  • Anthony D’Amato, NE CSC PI. A lesson in severe, episodic forest disturbances: The 1938 hurricane and long-term dead wood legacies. Wednesday, March 28, New England Society of American Foresters Winter Meeting. Nashua, NH.



USDA Northeast Climate Hub Partners Meeting     Building Resiliency Through Adaptation.  Hosted by the USDA Northeast Climate Hub and partners, March 14-15, New Brunswick, NJ.  Read More >> 

2018 Local Solutions: Eastern Climate Preparedness Conference     The conference is geared for small government planners and decision-makers striving to create healthy resilient communities with how to better handle severe weather and climate impacts. April 30 - May 2, Manchester, NH. Read More >> 

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Annual Conference      Theme:  "Natural Resources Resiliency in Changing Times.”  Hosted by the Narragansett Indian Tribe in Rhode Island. May 8-10, Warwik, RI. Read More >> 

ComSciCon 2018 National Workshop     Participants will build communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express ideas to their peers, experts in other fields, and the general public. June 14-16, Boston, MA.  Read More >> 

Second Annual Northeast RISCC Symposium     Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change 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. July 12, UMass Amherst.  Read More >>



Climate Change Field Guide for Northern Minnesota Forests     One problem with a comprehensive 200- page climate change report is that it can be hard to lug around in your backpack. To help make climate change information more usable for foresters and natural resource professionals, NIACS published the Climate Change Field Guide for Northern Minnesota Forests: Site-level considerations and adaptation. It's a small, laminated flip book, designed for quick reference and note-taking in the woods. Read More >> 


————OTHER NEWS——————

USGS Deputy Director of NE CSC Sits Down with the Star Tribune     The Minneapolis Star Tribune featured Olivia LeDee.  Olivia revealed what she is reading, following, watching and researching. She explains how wildlife, learning, and public service were the fabrics of her youth and that she now combines all three interests in her professional life. Read More >> 

NE CSC Science Coordinator Publishes on Sharks     Michelle Staudinger, USGS, co-authors a study that explains where sharks go for dinner.  The paper, ”A global perspective on the trophic geography of sharks” is in Nature Ecology and Evolution. Read More >> 

National Park Service Using Refugia Conservation Strategy     Protected areas managers are applying the seven-step climate change refugia conservation strategy co-developed by NE CSC Research Ecologist with the USGS, Toni Lyn Morelli.  See page 4.  Read More >> 

New Study Examines Extreme Heat and Humidity     NE CSC Graduate Fellow Ethan Coffel with PI Radley Horton found that as the world gets warmer, the heat index increases more than the air temperature. In other words, how hot it feels increases faster than the mercury in the thermometer rises.  Read More >> 

The Comeback Cat     A USFWS article explores the combined efforts of conservation and science in Maine to bring back the lynx in Maine.  The partners that NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Alexej Siren, works with are highlighted.  Read More >> 

Early Career Climate Forum Blog from NE CSC     Toni Lyn Morelli and Michelle Stuadinger from NE CSC co-authored with other USGS scientists a blog about how to achieve work-life balance.  Read More >> 

Six New Federally-Recognized Tribes     With the federal recognition of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in 2016, and six Tribes in 2017, Virginia now has seven recently federally-recognized Tribal nations. Read More >> 

First Ohio Forests Summit Convened     Topics covered included plant ecology, wildlife management, and the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems.  Read More >> 

State of Beaches: Surfcasters Hear Report at Annual Meeting     Beach access, erosion and the effects of climate change were all topics of discussion at the annual Martha’s Vineyard Surfcasters Association. Representatives of the Wampanoag tribe described successful efforts to rebuild badly eroded sections of Lobsterville Beach with sand dredged from the Menemsha Channel.  Read More >> 



Tribal Resilience Program News & Events     New opportunities and other news from the BIA Tribal Resilience Program.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: Monitoring for Conservation and Adaptation     Summary of current thinking on the monitoring and evaluation of climate adaptation projects, and additional resources.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: Climate Adaptation and Creative Non-Fiction Writing      Author and lecturer Elizabeth Rush, of Brown University discusses what is 'creative non-fiction' and how humans have or don't have the emotional resilience to respond to climate change.  Read More >> 

Midwest Climate Observer     January Issue includes features on insects overwintering in the Midwest, the climate outlook, and a snow analysis.  Read More >> 

COP 21 Technical Papers     Publications on climate change adaptation: Sustainable Development Goals/ Disaster Risk Reduction / Reducing Vulnerability.  Read More>> 

Inside Climate News     Provides news - and context - about the complex and shifting environmental issues of our time. Read More >> 

Climate     A global network of scientists who collectively assess the credibility of influential climate change media coverage.  Read More >> 

Small Pests, Big Problems: The Global Spread of Bark Beetles     Warming temperatures are fueling the expansion of pine and spruce beetle outbreaks across North America, Europe, and Siberia that are ravaging thousands of square miles of woodlands. Read More >> 

Addressing Climate Change Risks in Urban Forests     The Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF) has developed many resources tailored to urban forests in the Northeast. Read More >> 

Special Issue: Vulnerability Assessments Publications     Vulnerability of US Agriculture and Forests developed by the USDA Climate Hubs.  Read More >> 

Vulnerability Assessments for Wisconsin's Natural Communities     The WICCI Plants and Natural Communities Working Group has released a series of short climate change vulnerability assessments for Wisconsin's natural communities. Read More >> 



Job Opportunity:  Trust for Public Land      Director of Climate Smart Cities Program.  Read More >>

Native Plant and Seed Use in the Eastern United States Survey    Responses to this survey will help support the development of a native plant materials program based on the real-world needs of land managers, restoration ecologists, and other conservation/horticultural professionals.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Northeast Resilient Landscapes Fund    Capital grants and loans to qualified non-profits for the acquisition of land or conservation easements on climate-resilient lands.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Northwest Climate Science Center    For projects addressing key research opportunities as outlined in the new Northwest CSC Science Agenda 2018-23. Open until March 30th. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: NOAA Environmental Educational Grants     Support the education of K-12 students and the public so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather events and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. Applications due April 6, 2018. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:  NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants     This solicitation is seeking coastal habitat restoration projects that build resilience by conserving and restoring sustainable ecosystem processes and functions and reducing the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. Pre-proposals due March 7.  Read More >> 

Midwest Regional Climate Center Internships     Three paid student internships this year: programmer / climatologist; GIS specialist; general climatologist.  Applications due March 9.  Read More >>  

Undergraduate Summer Internship     For students of underrepresented minorities interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields (for example, agricultural science, economics, environmental engineering). Interns will be involved in hands-on activities related to climate research.  Applications due March 16. Read More >> 

Scholarship from The Wilderness Society     The award is up to $10,000 to graduate students to support their research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness. We strongly encourage proposals relating to climate change, as well as other topics regarding wilderness conservation.  Application due April 20.  Read More >> 

Early Career Researcher Professional Development Training     Offered through the South Central CSC.  August 5-10, Baton Rouge, LA. Applications due April 2. Read More >> 



Tuesday, February 27, 9:30am ET

NOAA Eastern Regional Climate Services

Indicators of Change- EPA and NOAA

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Wednesday, February 28, 1:00 pm ET

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program

Youth Engagement in Climate Resiliency

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Wednesday, February 28, 3:30 pm EST

Northeast Climate Science Center

How open access to the Landsat archive is changing how we map and monitor ecosystem dynamics: Case studies from Southern New England 

Valerie Pasquarella, NE CSC/ UMass Amherst

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Thursday, March 1, 2018: 3:00 pm ET

Climate Change Response Network

Adaptive Silviculture for Climate Change: A Scientist-Manager National Network

Courtney Peterson, Colorado State University

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Wednesday, March 7, 2:00 pm CDT

Plains and Prairie Potholes Science Webinar Series

A Case Study Examining the Efficacy of Drainage Setbacks for Limiting Effects to Wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region

Brian Tangen, Ecologist, USGS

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Wednesday, March 7, 3:30 pm EST

Northeast Climate Science Center

Managing Floodplain Expectations on the Missouri River 

Robb Jacobson, USGS- CERC

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Thursday, March 8, 12:00PM ET

One NOAA Webinar Series

Understanding and Reconciling Recent Observations of Global Temperatures

Speaker: Zeke Hausfather

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Wednesday, March 28, 3:30 pm EDT

Northeast Climate Science Center

Supporting Climate Adaption Planning for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: What Surprising Changes will Occur to our Climate, Sea Level and Water Resources?

Richard Palmer, Ray Bradley and Rob DeConto

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Tuesday Mar 13, 6:00pm ET

National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series

Understanding Ocean Acidification - Using NOAA's New Educational Tools

Amy Dean, National Estuarine Research Reserve System

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Tuesday, March 29, 9:30am ET

NOAA Eastern Regional Climate Services

Spring flood outlook- NOAA/NWS/NERFC

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