NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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***NEXT WEEK***  Rob DeConto Presents on Wednesday, October 5, 3:30pm EST

Rob DeConto, our Featured Speaker for the semester will present: “The future fate of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and implications for New England” in Room 134, Morrill Science Center on the UMass Campus.  To join remotely, visit:

New climate and ice-sheet modeling, calibrated to past changes in sea-level, is painting a stark picture of the future fate of the polar ice sheets if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated. Rob, Professor of Climatology, Ice Sheet Dynamics and Earth System Modeling at UMass Amherst, will explore the sensitivity of the great polar ice sheets to a warming atmosphere and ocean, and the potential for thresholds to be exceeded that could lead to drastic sea-level rise over coming decades and centuries. Importantly for New England, future sea-level rise caused by retreating ice-sheets will not be the same everywhere around the world, and we will learn why the Northeastern US has much more to fear from the loss of ice on Antarctica than it does from Greenland.   Read More >>


Up Next:  NE CSC Webinar on Wednesday, October 12, 3:30pm EST     “FishTail: a decision support tool for assessing the conservation status of stream fish habitats in the NE CSC region” presented by Wes Daniel of Michigan State University, Nick Sievert of University of Missouri, and Jana Stewart of the USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center.   Read More >>


Ecological Drought in the Northeast and Midwest   In May, a group of 26 climate and ecological experts explored what ecological drought would look like in the northeastern United States.  As it turns out, the summer that followed was an unusually dry and above-record temperature season, making the newly released summary of those discussions now even more significant.  “Ecological Drought in the Northeast United States: Anticipating changes to iconic species, landscapes, and ecosystems” illustrates our existing knowledge of the ecological impacts, resistance, and recovery from drought.  Read More >> 


Expanded Collaboration with LCCs for Coastal Resilience     As part of the new project “Critical thresholds and ecosystem services for coastal ecological and human climate adaptation”, funding from NE CSC will help extend an ongoing multi-LCC coastal resilience effort currently being led by the NA LCC to coordinate, synthesize, and deliver coastal resilience information, activities, and lessons learned across the LCC network in the Atlantic, Gulf Coast, and Caribbean regions.  Read More >> 


Upcoming Presentations by the NE CSC     Toni Lyn Morelli, USGS Research Ecologist with NE CSC will lead a session at the upcoming Natural Areas Conference, held in Davis, CA, on October 18-21. The theme of the conference is Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action. Toni Lyn's session is entitled "Co-production of knowledge: managers and scientists working together for effective conservation in the face of climate change".  The session will open with talks from Steve Jackson (USGS Director of the Southwest CSC) & Carrie Enquist (USGS Deputy Director of the Southwest CSC), and will also include talks from other USGS scientists, state and NPS managers, and academics.  Read More >> 


Recent Publication from the NE CSC


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Great Lakes Adaptation Forum     NE CSC’s Alex Bryan, Climate Assessments and Scenario Planning Postdoctoral Fellow with USGS will present in the opening day line-up.  Alex’s talk will illustrate how the NE CSC brings climate science to partners and stakeholders to make informed decisions toward climate adaptation. October 5-7, Ann Arbor, MI.    Read More >>  

National Adaptation Forum    The Forum is seeking submissions that reflect the best thinking in the adaptation field, informed by theory, research, and practice on key subjects related to identified focal topics and cross-cutting themes.  Enter your symposia, training sessions and working groups proposal before October 14.  Read More >> 

Natural Areas Conference     The theme for this year’s conference is “Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words to Action”.  October 18-21, Davis, CA. Read More >> 


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ClimateData.US     This new tool from Climate International features an interactive heat map of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions using data from NASA. Using this tool, you can search throughout the country to see how differences between high and low rates of greenhouse gas emissions could affect you and your city.  Read More >> 


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Drought Impacts on Forests in the Northern Forests     USDA Climate Hubs have released the Northern Forests Report: “Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis.”  Read More >> 

Putting New England’s Drought in Perspective     David Boutt, NE CSC Affiliated Investigator in the Geosciences Department at UMass Amherst, sheds some light on where we stand with this year’s drought conditions compared to past events.  Read More >> 

Research Traces Past Climate, Human Migration in the Faroe Islands     Raymond Bradley, NE CSC Principal Investigator and Director of the Climate System Research Center, with others, recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to use new molecular techniques to reconstruct the past history of environmental changes in the Faroe Islands, a key location for people migrating across the North Atlantic over the past 1,000 years.  Read More >> 

Structured Decision-Making May Aid Barrier Island Restoration     A new publication from Southeast CSC researchers shows how a structured decision-making process aided a barrier island restoration project at Ship Island, Mississippi by helping participants weigh trade-offs and maximize the island’s future resilience. Read More >> 

Eastern Forests Use Up Nitrogen in Soil During Earlier, Greener Springs     A warming climate is causing earlier springs and later autumns in eastern forests of the United States, lengthening the growing season for trees and potentially changing how forests function. Read More >>

Responsible Scientists Speak Out     Three-hundred and seventy-five members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, published an open letter to draw attention to the serious risks of climate change.  Read More >> 


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North Central CSC’s Annual Report     The NC CSC is pleased to share its 2015 Host Agreement annual report. Read More >> 

Regional Climate Outlook Reports     The latest quarterly climate impacts and outlook reports are not available.  Read More >> 

NASA’s Earth Observatory Evaporative Stress    According to NASA, the Northeast in the summer of 2016 has seen the worst dry spell in more than a decade, receiving only half the normal amount of rainfall.   Read More >> 

Visualizing the Warmest August in 136 Years     From NASA Earth Observatory Program.  Read More >> 

Climate Governance Special Issue    Politics and Governance released a special issue on “Climate Governance and the Paris Agreement.” Read More >> 

Native Americans Adapting to Changes in What-Grows-Where    Tribes are learning how to adapt to the climate changes affecting their traditions. Yale Climate Communication Podcast interviews the NW CSC’s Steve Daley-Laursen.  Read More >> 


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Funding Opportunity: NOAA Ocean Acidification Program     Proposals for the synthesis of ocean acidification information at a regional scale to determine where societal vulnerabilities to ocean acidification exist or are emerging, in order to provide actionable information for marine resource decision makers.  Letters of intent due November 4.  Read More >> 

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Wednesday, October 5, 12:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents 

NOAA Climate Stewards: Building Resilience through Education and Action 

Speakers: Molly Harrison and Bruce Moravchik

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Wednesday, October 5, 12:00pm ET 

Forest Stewards Guild presents  

Developing and Maintaining Trust in Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration projects  

Speaker: Kimberly Coleman 

To register, visit:


Wednesday, October 5, 12:00pm ET

Bard National Climate Seminar presents 

National Climate Seminar: Clinton & Trump: What to Expect on the Environment and Climate

Speaker: Dallas Burraw 

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Wednesday, October 5, 1:00pm ET

National Conservation Training Center presents

Integrating Climate Change into State Wildlife Action Plans: An Update

Speakers: Davia Palmeri, Eric Odell, and Sally Palmer

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Wednesday, October 5, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center

The future fate of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets and implications for New England

Robert DeConto, UMass Amherst

To register, visit:


Thursday, October 6, 10am PT

Conservation Biology Institute presents 

Climate Change Trends, Impacts, Vulnerabilities, and Carbon in US National Parks 

Speaker: Patrick Gonzalez 

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Wednesday, October 12, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center

FishTail: a decision support tool for assessing the conservation status of stream fish habitats in the NE CSC region

Wesley M. Daniel, Michigan State University, Nick Sievert, University of Missouri & Jana Stewart, USGS/Wisconsin Water Science Center

To register, visit:


Thursday, October 13, 10am PT

Conservation Biology Institute  

Exploring the New Landscape Climate Dashboard   

Speaker: Kai Foster 

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Thursday, October 20, 2pm ET 

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents 

Indigenous Health Indicators: Connecting Human and Ecosystem Health   

Speaker: Jamie Donatuto

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Friday, October 21, 4pm ET 

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents 

Alaska Region Climate Outlook Briefing   

Speaker: Richard Thoman 

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Tuesday, October 25, 3pm ET


Karst, Critters, and Climate Change: A Multidisciplinary Evaluation of karst Species Vulnerability to Climate Change

Barbara Mahler US geological Survey

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Thursday, October 27, 12pm ET 

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents 

Forty Years of Change: A Seabird Responds to a Melting Arctic

Speaker: George Divoky 

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Thursday, October 27, 10am PT  

Conservation Biology Institute presents 

Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour 

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Thursday, October 27, 2pm ET 

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series presents 

Were North Pacific Maritime Communities Impacted by Prehistoric Regime Shifts? Evidence from Archaeology and Paleocology  

Speaker: Ben Fitzhugh

For more information, visit:




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