NE CSC Newsletter

Monday, November 30, 2015


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***THIS WEEK!***  “Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool”, NE CSC Webinar December 2, 3:30pm EST     Presented by Scott Jackson with UMass Amherst, John O’Leary of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and NE CSC/USGS’s Michelle Staudinger. The Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool is designed to inform and inspire local action to protect the Commonwealth’s natural resources in a changing climate. This Tool focuses on providing information for a range of local decision-makers, including conservation practitioners, landowners, municipal agencies, and community leaders, seeking to conduct on-the-ground climate change adaptation efforts.  Read More >>

Massachusetts Launches Wildlife Climate Action Tool     A coalition of research institutions, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the state’s fish and wildlife agency, and the Northeast Climate Science Center this week unveiled a new online tool for use by local decision-makers, conservation managers, land trusts, regional planners, landowners and community leaders in Massachusetts who are interested in taking action in response to climate change. With the Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool, users can access information on climate change impacts and the vulnerabilities of various fish and wildlife species and their habitats. Read More >>

Archived Webinar Video Now Available: “Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability of Grassland Birds Using Demographically Informed Species Distribution Models”     NE CSC webinar presented on November 18 by Ben Zuckerberg from the University of Wisconsin, Lisa McCauley, The Nature Conservancy (recently with the University of Wisconsin), and Christine Ribic of the USGS.   This talk focused on a climate change vulnerability assessment for grassland ecosystems using an obligate species, the Henslow’s sparrow to demonstrate the potential future impacts of climate change and land-use practices on populations through this range.  Read More >>

A Perspective from the NE Climate Science Center on the Paris Climate Talks     The 21st Conferences of the Parties (COP21) start in Paris today.  NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow Ambarish Karmalkar of the UMass Amherst posted a blog on the Early Career Climate Forum on the impacts of climate change in the U.S.   He provides a run down on the events leading up to #COP21 and what these talks have in store for global climate mitigation. Read More >>

NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli will Give a Webinar on Climate Refugia     USGS Research Ecologist Toni Lyn Morelli will present "How to Prioritize Key Areas for Conservation Efforts in a Changing Climate: A Look at 'Climate Refugia'” on December 8 at 3:00pm EST.   This is part of the 2015 Climate Change Science & Management Webinar Series, a partnership between the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center & the USFWS National Conservation Training Center.  In this presentation, Toni Lyn will summarize the physical processes that create climate refugia, discuss a new framework for locating and managing them, and use examples to illustrate ways to identify and verify climate refugia.  Read More >>

WaterViz Continues to Make Waves     WaterViz, an online tool partially funded by NE CSC creates digital art and plays a live forest symphony generated by environmental sensors places in a mountain valley.  The Forest Service’s Lindsey Rustand recently presented WaterViz to audiences at a Visions of the Wild H2O festival in Vallejo, California and a workshop at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest called “Real-Time Data Visualizations: A 21st Century Confluence of Art, Music and Science at Ecological Research Sites”.  Read More >>

Recent Publications from the NE CSC

•       Read, Jordan S., Walker Jordan I., Appling Alison P., Blodgett David L., Read Emily K., and Winslow Luke A.  2015 geoknife: Reproducible web-processing of large gridded datasets. Ecography 38: 001–007. doi:10.1111/ecog.01880

Upcoming Presentations by the NE CSC

•       American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Climate Science Center Presentations and Sessions    December 15th - 19th, San Francisco, CA.  See the full list of CSC’s involvement.


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Climate Change Tree Atlas     This interactive tool for the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Central Appalachians, Central Hardwoods and Northwoods incorporated several climate change vulnerability assessments developed through the Climate Change Response Framework.  The Framework is a collaborative, cross-boundary approach among scientists, managers, and landowners to incorporate climate change considerations into natural resource management. It provides an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-informed conservation and forest management.  Brought to you by the US Forest Service’s Northern Research Station.  Read More >>  


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Evaluation of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service     The National Academy of Science briefing of the LCC Evaluation will take place December 3 at 2:00pm EDT.  Read More >>  

North Atlantic LCC:

Vernal pool cooperative highlighted in Vermont Center for Ecostudies newsletter

Paper:  Interactive effects of climate change with nutrients, mercury, and freshwater acidification on key taxa in the NA LCC region: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management.   

Appalachian LCC

Appalachian LCC Primary Investigators Study Conservation Easements in the Appalachians

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

FY2016 Competitive State Wildlife Grants prefer landscape-scale initiatives such as LCCs


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EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities Initiative Free Interactive Training Workshop     December 8 and 9 in Edison, New Jersey.  This training will help utilities explore strategies for enhancing resilience to extreme weather events and plan ahead for addressing long-term climate change impacts. Read More >> 

Climate Academy      Six-month on-line course offered by the National Conservation Training Center starting in January.  Deadline December 18.  Read More >>  

American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting Climate Science Center and Related Sessions    December 15th - 19th, San Francisco, CA.  See the full list of CSC’s involvement.

•       Climate Science and Wildlife      "Climate Refugia in a Changing World: Climatic and Hydrologic Processes Informing Ecological Responses” both oral and poster sessions organized by Connie Millar (US Forest Service) and Toni Lyn Morelli (NE CSC/USGS) that will include experts in the field speaking about the physical processes that cause these areas to be buffered from climate change, how such areas might be used by species, and how managers might incorporate them into climate adaptation strategies. Read More >>

•       Science-oriented Partnerships that Lead to Effective Stakeholder Engagement     "Connecting stakeholders with climate science: the role of climate programs” led by USDA Southwest Climate Hub and the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center.  Read More >>  

•       Climate Literacy Sessions    "Global Change: Science Literacy, Societal Impacts, and Response Strategies". This meeting will identify sessions that explore the intersection of the domains of science, science literacy, and its impacts that help citizens, groups and organizations develop effective mitigation and adaptation responses. Read More>>

•       Graduate Climate Conference     "A Decade of Graduate Climate Conferences for Training the Next Generation of Earth Scientists” poster presented by Sarah Rosengard (co-chair, 2013 Graduate Climate Conference).  Read More >>  

•       Climate Information in Decision-making     "Towards effective decision maker-scientist interactions”, sessions 8506, 10162 and 10163.  Read More >>


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See What the Northwest CSC Accomplished in 2015!  The NW CSC recognizes that preparing for climate-related environmental change requires a collective effort. In a broad sense, our fifth year was marked by an emphasis on forming new collaborations and strengthening existing ones. The FY15 Annual Report is now available.  Read More >>

Early Career Climate Forum Blog:  "Migratory Birds: Linking Science & Management in a Changing Climate"     This blog is written by Presidential Management Fellow Madeleine Rubentsein with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.  Read More >>

Massachusetts Town Starts Climate Adaptation Planning   UMass Amherst Extension Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, Michael DiPasquale contributes an op-ed on the ways Northampton can plan for the effects of climate change.  Read More >>

Climate Change, Poverty and Terrorism     UMass Amherst’s Robert N. Pollin, Distinguished Professor in Economics and co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute, says working to stabilize climate change is a strong way to fight both poverty and terrorism. Read More >>

Midwest Climate Watch     Warm temperatures remained in the Midwest into the second week of November, as above-normal temperatures were common across a large portion of the region.  Read More >>

Indigenous Youth Activist's song selected as song for COP21 Paris     The upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris will have a theme song for the conference and the song is authored by a 15 year old indigenous person, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, from Boulder, CO. Read More >> 

Tribes Partner for Change in the Missouri River Basin     Improving climate resiliency in tribal communities (page 18).  Read More >>

Collaboration is the Name of the Game in the Northwoods     In the Northwoods of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan the Great Lakes Indian and Wildlife commission, an organization that supports the hunting, gathering, and fishing treaty rights of 11 member Ojibwe tribes and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to find solutions. Read More >>

What does the Arctic Oscillation Mean for the Northeast?     The Predictive Power of Siberian Blizzards and mixed results for the Northeast when mixed with El Nino.  Read More >>

On the Lighter Side:  a Climate Change Political Cartoon      The geopolitics of a changing climate on the AGU Blogosphere.  Read More >>


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Climate Countdown Web Series     Follow the people who are crafting paths toward a pivotal global climate change agreement at COP21 in Paris.  Read More >>

Climate Interactive    Drew Jones presents scenarios from the C-ROADS simulation and explores how far these contributions get us, and what more is needed to keep warming to within 2° Celsius (3.6°F) of temperature change above pre-industrial levels. Read More >>

Online Tribal Climate Change Guide     This site includes a searchable funding guide, tribal climate adaptation plans, planning resources, climate programs, climate scientists and publications focused on indigenous peoples and climate change. Read More >>

Climate Change in Minnesota: a Special Report     Listen to this award-winning 20 minute audio summary of climate change in Minnesota (though applicable to Michigan and other places). Read More >> 

Publication: "Global change and conservation triage on National Wildlife Refuges in Ecology and Society"     By Fred Johnson and Mitch Eaton (with the SE Climate Science Center). Read More >>  

Publication: "Engagement with Indigenous Peoples and Honoring Traditional Knowledge Systems, Climate Change"     By J. Maldonado et al in Climatic Change, 2015. The article discusses challenges and results of efforts by the Third National Climate Assessment to include climate change impacts to Native communities. Read More >> 

Publication: "Stakeholders in climate science: Beyond lip service? “    A new framework seeks to clarify roles, responsibilities of local stakeholders on climate change research.  Read More >>

Publication "A New Approach of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Outreach in Climate Change, Energy, and Environmental Decision Making” Read More >>

Video from EPA Climate Ready Estuaries Program: "Preparing for Climate Change in Long Island, New York”     EPA has produced a new video on how coastal communities are preparing for the challenges brought on by climate change.  View the Video >> 

Video from the Climate Change From Inter-Tribal Youth Congress 2015     This video was made by Native American students from all over the US to help educate people about problems in their area caused by climate change. View the Video >>


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Help Guide the Work of NCCWSC & the CSCs!   Nominations are being accepted for several membership openings on the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS). Written nominations must be received by January 15.  Read More >>

Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources  Nominations due January 8.  This award was developed to recognize and incentivize exemplary efforts by federal, state, tribal, local, and non-governmental entities to reduce climate-related threats and promote adaptation of the nation’s natural resources and the people that depend on them. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:  2016 Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program     Advancing Predictive Capabilities to Evaluate Natural and Nature-based Features thru NOAA. Deadline is January 1. Read More >>

Funding Opportunity:  Great Lakes Fisheries and Wildlife Restoration Act     The USFWS requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and regional project proposals for the restoration of the Great Lakes Basin fish and wildlife resources, as authorized by the GLFWRA. Eligibility includes federally recognized tribal governments, and tribal organizations. Deadline is December 14. Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Postdoctoral Fellow with The Institute for Geophysics  Read More >>

Job Opportunity: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor     University of Idaho, open rank tenure-track position in human or physical dimensions of climate change.  Review of applications for this position will begin on January 6.  Read More >> 

Tools and Maps Challenge:     National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences' Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge (#climatechallengeNIEHS).  Deadline is February 1.  Read More >>


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Tuesday, December 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

The Union of Concerned Scientists' Science Network science communication webinars

From Aristotle to South Park: The ABT Framework as a New Tool for Science Communication

Randy Olson, Filmmaker

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Wednesday, December 2, 12:00pm EDT

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents

Potential Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Phytoplankton Communities

Stephanie Dutkiewicz, MIT

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Wednesday, December 2, 3:30pm EDT

The Northeast Climate Science Center presents

Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool

Scott Jackson, UMass Amherst; John O'Leary, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife; Michelle Staudinger, NE CSC

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Thursday, December 3, 2:00pm EDT

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

Evaluation of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service     

The National Academy of Science briefing of the LCC Evaluation 

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Thursday, December 3, 2:00pm EDT

The Restoration Webinar Series presents

Enhancing the Resilience of Riparian/Wetland Ecosystems in Light of Climate Change

Andrew Breibart, BLM

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Friday, December 4, 12:00pm EDT

Bard College National Climate Seminar presents

COP Paris Live

Eban Goodstein, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

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Tuesday, December 8, 3:00 PM EDT

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center presents

How to Prioritize Key Areas for Conservation Efforts in a Changing Climate: A Look at “Climate Refugia”

Toni Lyn Morelli, NE Climate Science Center

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Thursday, December 17, 2:00pm ET

US Drought Portal presents

Midwest and Great Plains Drought Webinar

A state climatologist and a NOAA regional climatologist

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Wednesday, January 6, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents

Place-based Assessments on the Status of Coastal Ecosystem health and stressor impacts: Support for ONMS, NERRS, and ORR/NRDA

Cynthia Cooksey, Marine Biologist, NOAA/NOS/NCCOS Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research

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Northeast Climate Science Center


University of Massachusetts - Amherst

College of Menominee Nation

Columbia University

Marine Biological Laboratory

University of Missouri - Columbia

University of Minnesota

University of Wisconsin - Madison



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