NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, December 15, 2016

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SAVE THE DATE:  NE CSC’s May 2017 Science Meeting     NE CSC’s Regional Science Meeting: Incorporating Climate Science in the Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Midwest and Northeast will take place May 15-17 on the UMass Amherst Campus.  Since the inception of the NE CSC in 2012, our stakeholder partners have been guiding our science directions and priorities so that together we can improve the way our climate science informs decisions and actions in adapting to a changing climate. For our Regional Science Meeting, we will gather our scientists and partners to reflect on our collaborative work to incorporate climate science in the management of natural and cultural resources in the Northeast and Midwest and determine future directions and needs for our region.  The program will include presentations, panel discussions and needs assessments for incorporating climate science into management of priority natural resources.  The management and conservation topics we will explore include landscape-scale planning, aquatic connectivity, fish and wildlife management, coastal resiliency, adaptive management of forests, and more!  We hope you will join us!  Read More >>   


NE CSC Welcomes Olivia LeDee, Our New Deputy Director     Olivia is based in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Prior to joining the USGS, Olivia was with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Fish & Wildlife as a planning and policy consultant.  There, she worked closely with state agencies in the Midwest to address issues related to climate change and emerging threats to wildlife and natural systems.  In addition to finding solutions for the impacts climate change has on wildlife, Olivia has worked in planning, public engagement, decision analysis, natural resource policy, and conservation funding.  Read More >> 


Video About the National CSC Training on the Early Career Climate Forum     On November 2nd and 3rd, the first national Climate Science Center early career training took place at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. To give you more of an inside look at the training, Toni Klemm, a participant from the University of Oklahoma, talked to some of the participants and organizers and made a short video about it.  Check out the various news, ECCF blogs, and the video on the training.  Read More >> 


Update on Two Research Collaboration Initiatives Advancing in the Region     NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist with the USGS continues to advance network-wide initiatives to improve adaptive capacity of species and ecological systems in the face of climate change.  She is building an information exchange network to advance our understanding the expansion of invasive species in our region due to changes in climate.  Secondly, as part of a group of collaborators seeking to identify potential refugia conservation strategies, she is linking research coalitions around the country.  Read More >> 


Two Postdoc Opportunities with the NE CSC     The UMass Amherst Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and The Ecosystem Center of the Marine Biological Laboratory are seeking post-docs to advance our understanding of the impacts climate change will have on natural systems.  Read More >>


Recent Publication from the NE CSC


———UPCOMING EVENTS——————————————————-

Forest Planning and Practices for New England and New York    Seven-week online course, January 16 - March 3, 2017. Read More >>

Preparing Urban Forests in the Boston Region for Climate Change     Two courses offered by NIACS: Preparing for Climate Change on January 24, and Forest Adaptation Planning & Practices (limited space available) on January 25.  Cambridge, MA.   Read More >> 


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Helping Farmers Adapt to Extreme Weather and a Changing Climate     A new USDA report “Adaptation Resources for Agriculture: Responding to Climate Variability and Change in the Midwest and Northeast” provides educators and advisors information, perspective and resources to help farmers in the region prepare for, cope with and recover from the adverse impacts of a changing climate. Read More >> 


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LCC Network Story Map     An interactive, online map showcases 22 stories from the 22 LCCs and features signature projects that demonstrate the breadth and depth of partner-driven accomplishments.  Read More >> 

North Atlantic LCC

            Meet the new Coastal Resilience Coordinator

            Gathering provides rallying cry for collaborative conservation, and a showcase for tools that can support a shared vision

            Canadian partners make headway on classification system to guide freshwater conservation

            Research on iPlover published in PLOS ONE

Appalachian LCC

            Appalachian LCC PI and Clemson scientists unveil software that revolutionizes wildlife habitat connectivity modeling

            Secretary Jewell Announces Decision to Protect 75,000 Acres of Eastern Tennessee Mountains From Future Surface Mining

            Central Appalachians FLN Annual Workshop

            Appalachian Landscape Conservation Fellowship

            Landscape Conservation Design Phase II: Assessing Aquatic Integrity

            SECAS Version 1.0 Provides Regional Long-term Vision for Conservation

            Demonstrating Value of Riparian Restoration Tool to Riparian Forest Buffer Advisory Committee           

            Engaging Conservation Partnerships in the Vital Chesapeake Bay Watershed

            Preserving Working Lands Conserves Habitats

Upper Midwest Great Lakes LCC

            Coastal Wetland Decision Support Tools Now Available for Great Lakes          

            Midwest LCCs Unite for Joint Steering Committee Meeting, Plot Course for Conservation in Their Region 

            Building Resilience to Climate Change One Landscape at a Time: The Resolve of the Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative   

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC       

            Curve Balls and the Long Arc of U.S. Conservation History

            More New Data Galleries on the Conservation Planning Atlas        

            Next up in 2017: Two GCPO webinars focused on ecosystem services and biological objectives for the Gulf

            Changes afoot for GCPO Geomatics Staff

            MSU Post-doctoral Research Associate sought for bird monitoring

            IT’S HERE! The GCPO’s Conservation Blueprint v1.0 is now available


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Climate Change Impact on the Connecticut River     In late October, Richard Palmer, Director of the NECSC and Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UMass, Amherst, presented to a packed audience the potential impacts of climate change on the local waterways.  Read More >> 

Early Career Climate Forum Blog by NE CSC Fellow, Ethan Coffel    In "Climate Science in the Trump Years”, Ethan shares some insight on the coming presidential transition and the potential pathways for progress moving forward.  Read More >> 

US Tribes Work with Scientists Against Climate Change     Combining science and indigenous knowledge, this US research group seeks new ways to adapt to climate change. Read More >> 

Climate Change and Invasive Species National Directive     President Obama’s Executive Order, Safeguarding the Nation from the Impacts of Invasive Species, incorporates considerations of climate change into Federal efforts to address invasive species (for more details, see Sec 4 b).  Read More >>

Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for Northern MN    Completed by the 1854 Treaty Authority, an Inter-Tribal organization that manages the off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights of the Grand Portage and Bois Forte Bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa across a large portion of northeastern Minnesota.  Read More >> 



CAKE Highlight: Maryland’s Coastal Resiliency Assessment     The assessment evaluates shoreline hazards, investigates coastal community flood risk, and identifies where coastal habitats are providing the greatest protection to residents. Read More >> 

CAKE Highlight: STORMTOOLS for Coastal Inundation in Rhode Island     STORMTOOLS shows coastal inundation projections from storm surge inundation and sea level rise. Read More >> 

Guidance on Communicating Extreme Weather and Climate     “(Un)Natural Disasters: Communicating Linkages Between Extreme Events and Climate Change”  helps scientists communicate how global warming is worsening natural disasters.  Read More >> 

New Book: Prospects for Resilience     Drawing on lessons from New York City’s Jamaica Bay, the book takes a comprehensive look at efforts to create resilient cities.   Read More >>  

New Report:  EPA’s Climate Change Indicators for the U.S.    EPA partnered with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change.  Read More >>  

Meeting the Challenge of Delivering Climate Science    “Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto”, publication and call for joint action to meet the massive climate knowledge challenges ahead in the post-Paris world. Read More >> 

New Report on Climate and Freshwater Resources     The Advisory Committee on Water Information has released a national action plan, "Looking Forward: Priorities for Managing Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate”.  Read More >> 

New Publication:  Making Climate Science More Relevant     Available in Science’s climate policy forum.  Read More >>



Fellowship Opportunity: 2017 Science to Action Fellowship    With the NCCWSC and Michigan State University.  The program supports graduate students in developing a product that puts science into action, directly applying scientific research related to climate change impacts on fish, wildlife, or ecosystems to decision making about natural resources.  Statement of Interest due December 15.  Read More >> 

Fellowship Opportunity:  Appalachian Landscape Conservation     This position for Landscape Conservation Fellow and Cultural Resource Specialist will work with the Appalachian LCC and Penn State University Department of Landscape Architecture to engage conservation partners and resource managers at the intersection between cultural resources and landscape conservation design.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunities: DOI Climate Science Centers Research Grants    The Alaska, South Central, and Southwest Climate Science Centers are seeking statements of interest for research project funding in fiscal year 2017. Deadline January 18. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunities: Bureau of Reclamation’s Drought Response Program     Drought contingency planning and drought resiliency projects. Applications due February 14. Read More >>  

Funding Opportunity:  Prairie and Potholes LCC     Proposals targeting land use change dynamics and human dimensions aspects of conservation will be accepted via until January 23, 2017. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity: Cumberland Plateau Stewardship Fund RFP 2017     The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals within the Cumberland Plateau that will help accelerate the restoration and enhancement of critical forest and freshwater habitats and associated wildlife species in the region.  Due February 16, 2017.  Read More >> 

Internship Opportunities with the Bureau of Indian Affairs    Seeking scientists and technicians in a range of STEM-related disciplines to protect, conserve, utilize, and manage Indian forest and agricultural lands and resources, including water and power.  Read More >>

Video Competition: Witnessing Change Video Competition    The Climate Cost Project’s 2016/2017 competition gives advanced high school and college students an opportunity to document local impacts of climate change, educating themselves, their communities, and the public. Read More >> 

Archive Climate Data on Government Sites     A call to contribute to a compilation of important climate data sets. Read More >> 



Friday, December 16, 2:00-3:30pm EST

Sustainable Shorelines Designs: from Long Island to Lake Erie Webinar Series

Enhancing armored shoreline – techniques & prioritization inventory

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Monday, December 19, 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

Demonstration of New Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Decision Support Tools

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Tuesday December 20, 9:30am EST

NOAA and NRCC’s Northeast Monthly Climate Update

The webinar will feature an overview of December conditions from the Northeast Regional Climate Center, and then a look at the Department of Homeland Security’s Regional Resiliency Assessment Program. 

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Tuesday, January 17,  2:00 PM CST 

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

Mapping Ecosystem Services for the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Region 

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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