NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, November 10, 2016

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NEXT WEEK:  Ambarish Karmalkar’s NE CSC Webinar on Wednesday, November 16, 3:30pm EST    The NE CSC’s Postdoctoral Fellow Ambarish Karmalkar will present “Framework for selecting climate models for impacts studies in the Northeast”.  Decisions pertaining to the management of natural resources in a changing climate rely heavily on climate change projections produced by dynamical models. While it is difficult to pick ‘best’ climate models from the climate modeling perspective, the impacts community is typically interested in using a handful of models in impacts research due to enormous computational and data storage costs. In this talk, Ambarish will describe a framework - a two-step process - developed to select a subset of credible climate models (global and downscaled) that can be used for impacts studies in the Northeast.  Read More >> 


National CSC Training in Amherst Last Week   The National Climate Science Center Student and Early Career Professionals Training took place November 2-3 on the UMass, Amherst campus. This was a training for graduate students and early career professional who are part of the National Climate Science Center network.  Up to 70 participants attended from all over the US, from as far away as the Pacific Islands and Alaska.  The NE CSC hosted the event, with support from the Department of Interior’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the eight regional DOI Climate Science Centers.  Read More >>


Project Completion: Climate Change Effects on Food Webs in the Great Lakes     In the recently completed Northeast Climate Science Center project, Developing Fish Trophic Interaction Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes, Richard Kraus (USGS Lake Erie Biological Station) and partners addressed regional climate change effects on aquatic food webs in the Great Lakes. The research team’s findings support the incorporation of some relatively simple and cost-efficient approaches into existing agency monitoring programs to track the near-term status of fish and fish community composition by functional groupings. Learn more about the several positive impacts this work has had on a wide range of resource management and stakeholder activities in the Great Lakes Region in their final report Read More >>


Announcing Four New Projects Funded by the NE CSC     The Northeast Climate Science Center has awarded just over $1,000,000 to NE CSC consortium institutions, universities and other partners for research to guide managers cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.  The four NE CSC-funded studies will focus on how climate change is already affecting and is expected to affect natural and cultural resources as well as related management decisions and actions that can be taken to help offset such change. Read More >> 


New Resource for Decision Makers in Forest Management     Anthony D’Amato, NE CSC Principal Investigator, Paul Catanzaro of UMass, Amherst, and Emily Silver Huff with the USDA Forest Service have created a guide for land owners and forest managers to improve the way we adapt to a changing climate.  The publication “Increasing Forest Resiliency for an Uncertain Future” was written for forest decision makers in New England who are taking action to increase resiliency of our northern forests.  Read More >>


Recent Publication from the NE CSC


———UPCOMING EVENTS——————————————————-

Rutgers Climate Symposium 2016     Climate Change, Ecology and Health. November 18, New Brunswick, NJ  (registration deadline: November 24).  Read More >> 

Restore America’s Estuaries and the Coastal Society Meeting    Feature a workshop focused on invasive species and climate change in coastal wetlands.  December 10-15, New Orleans, LA.  Read More >> 

Online “Decision Analysis for Climate Change” Course     Online class that explores climate change in the context of decision analysis.  Partially taught by NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli.  January 12-March 14, 2017.  Read More >> 

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Climate Change in Wisconsin’s Ceded Territory     As part of its Climate Change Program, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) is using time-lapse imagery to monitor the forest tree canopy at two phenology study sites in the Ceded Territory of northern Wisconsin. By plotting the Green Chromatic Coordinate values in the imagery, GLIFWC scientists can view the timing of green-up in the spring and brown-down in the fall. These data can help determine how changes might be associated with other phenological observations recorded during weekly visits to the study sites. Read More >> 


———LCC NEWS——————————————————-

North Atlantic LCC

            New resource helps communities harness climate data for planning

            Partnerships of scale: Symposium highlights need for collaboration in landscape conservation

            Meet Acting North Atlantic LCC Coordinator Mike Slattery

            New tool addresses a big obstacle for overcoming aquatic barriers: Knowing where to start


Appalachian LCC

            Create Wildlife-Friendly Spaces With Habitat Network

            Successful Recovery and Removal from Endangered Species Act of Native Kentucky Plant a Victory for Conservation Partners

            The Powell River gets Infusion of Freshwater Mussels in Restoration Effort

            New Web Tool Provides Climate-Smart Seedlot Selection Recommendations

            Managing Forests for Birds Video Series


Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

            Southeast Climate Adaptation Strategy Blueprint 1.0 Unveiled

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Using Satellites to Examine Invasive Species     NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow, Valerie Pasquarella, shows us the extent of this last summer’s gypsy moth invasion in New England using novel techniques in satellite imagery. Using time series of Landsat images, she generates predicted images based on a model fit to historical Landsat observations. These predicted images are then compared with actual images acquired on a given date, creating a series of difference maps that capture and quantify the damage.  Read More >>

Climate Change Impacts on Menominee Nation’s Forest     A $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation will study cultural and economic challenges as climate change impacts this Wisconsin Tribal nation’s forest home.  Read More >> 

Great Lakes Adaptation Forum Outcomes     Co-sponsored by the NE CSC, GLISA and partners recently hosted the Great Lakes Adaptation Forum.  Read More >> 


Early Career Climate Forum Publications Page     Explore featured publications representing ongoing work being conducted by early career professionals across the Department of the Interior’s Climate Science Centers and partner institutions.  Read More >> 

New Publication: Great Lakes Warming Faster in Certain Regions     Co-authored by NE CSC’s Principal Investigator Peter McIntyre, this study will be useful for the long-term management of ecosystems affected by the rising temperatures.  Read More >> 

New Publication: Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: A Synthesis of Current Impacts and Experiences      US Forest Service online publication.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight:  The State of Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region     This report presents the results of EcoAdapt's efforts to survey, inventory, and, where possible, assess adaptation activities in the Great Lakes region.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight:  Restoring the Great Lakes’ Coastal Future     Technical guidance for the design and implementation of climate-smart restoration projects.  Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight:  Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region     Tool that is an interactive look at how the social and economic characteristics of the Great Lakes Region are impacted by regionally specific changes in climate.  Read More >> 

Resilience and Adaptation in New England (RAINE)     New database resource for communities in New England to learn about reliance and adaptation.  Read More >> 

NPS Coastal Adaptation Strategies Handbook     The chapters focus on policy, planning, cultural resources, natural resources, facility management, and communication/education (see Chapter 9: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy).  Read More >> 

State Annual and Seasonal Time Series (NOAA)     Graphics made to depict historical temperature averages for U.S. states since 1895. Read More >> 

New-and-Improved Resources to Help Land Managers Adapt to a Changing Climate     The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and US Forest Service Northern Research Station have released an updated and expanded edition of Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers.  Read More >> 

EPA’s Adaptation Resource Center (ARC-X)     An interactive resource to help local governments effectively deliver services to their communities even as the climate changes.  Read More >>



Climate Adaptation Leadership Award     The award recognizes outstanding efforts of individuals and organizations to increase awareness of and safeguard U.S. natural resources from climate change.  Nominations for non-governmental organizations, federal, state or tribal government, tribal organization, partnerships, or student leader open until November 18.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:  NOAA Funding Opportunity for Climate-Related Fisheries Research    Letters of intent for research to increase understanding of climate-related impacts on fish stocks and fisheries to inform sustainable fisheries management are due November 21.  Read More >>

Funding Opportunity: Tribal Public Health and Climate Change     Call for applications for a Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Resilience award.  Applications due November 30.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:  Nancy Foster Scholarship     Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 fellowship program through December 9. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:  Switzer Fellowship Program      Up to $15,000 for graduate students in New England and California for the academic year 2017-2018.  Applications due January 9.  Read More >> 



Tuesday, November 15, 3:00pm ET 

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center presents

Trees’ surprising role in the boreal water cycle quantified

Speakers: Jessie Young-Robertson and Uma Bhatt 

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Wednesday, November 16, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents 

Framework for selecting climate models for impacts studies in the Northeast

Speaker: Ambarish Karmalkar

To register, visit:


Wednesday, November 16, 12:00pm ET

Wake Forest University National Climate Seminar presents

The Post Election Climate for Climate Action 

Speaker: Bill Mckibben 

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Thursday, November 17, 2:00 PM CT

National Integrated Drought Information System presents 

North Central US Climate Summery and Outlooks 

Speaker: Brad Rippey

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Wednesday, November 30, 1:00pm ET 

Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE) Program

Global Change Impacts on Coastal and Ocean Ecosystem Services and Human Health and What We Can Do About It 

Speakers: Ariana Sutton-Grier

To connect, go to:, Event number: 666133157, Password: SAGE2016


Wednesday, November 30, 3:30pm ET 

Northeast Climate Science Center presents 

Projected expansion of the Southern Pine Beetle into northern forests

Speaker: Radley Horton 

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Wednesday, December 7, 3:30pm ET 

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

The times they are a changing: Shifting phenology in Northeast costal ecosystems

Speakers: Adrian Jordaan and Michelle Staudinger

To view remotely, 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