NE CSC Newsletter

Monday, February 6, 2017

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** THIS WEDNESDAY **  NE CSC Webinar on February 8, 3:30pm ET     Nate Wood with the USGS Western Geographic Science Center and Taj Schottland of the National Wildlife Federation will present on a NE CSC-funded project that advances understanding of conservation management decisions in the face of sea level rise.  Their talk, “Improving climate-adaptation planning for coastal communities: local planning informed by regional hazard exposure analysis” will explore the maps, data, and analysis of risk for the north shore of Massachusetts.  Planners can use this guidance to allocate resources, reduce overall impacts, and improve the adaptive capacity for the sectors of society most vulnerable to changing coastal dynamics. Read More >> 

New Study Looks at Timing and Consequences of Reaching 2°C      With a new publication released by NE CSC researchers Ambarish Karmalkar, Postdoctoral Fellow with the NE CSC and Raymond Bradley, NE CSC Principal Investigator and UMass Amherst’s Climate Systems Research Center Director,  we now have a better understanding of the regional consequences of reaching 2°C (3.6°F) above the pre-industrial baseline global temperatures.  The Northeast is expected to reach this adverse threshold sooner than most other regions of the U.S. and experience dryer summers and warmer, wetter winters.  The consequences for humans, wildlife, water resources, agriculture, and traditional activities can be significant, but this new information on the timing and magnitude of the anticipated changes is valuable for adaptation and conservation efforts. This study also provides some guidance on how to interpret and use uncertain climate model projections.  Read More >> 

What a Historical Investigation Can Tell Us About Human Resiliency Today     A new paper by scientists at the NE CSC and colleagues describe how human response to a climatic event 200 years ago set in motion a profound shift in fishing practices and consumption in the Northeast. Just over two hundred years ago, the Tambora volcano erupted, altering atmospheric composition and causing lowered temperatures globally.  The eruption occurred in April, leading to agricultural ruin in the following summer in the Northern hemisphere.  Clues into how human societies modified fishing practices to cope with a failed harvest gives us insight into how a drastic global climatic event might be handled today. Read More >> 

Request for Input for 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.  It’s not too late to let us know how we can shape the agenda to capitalize on the time we’ll have together.   Read More >>   

Recent Publications from the NE CSC


Upcoming Presentations by the NE CSC

  • Jacob Fraser, Wen Wang, Hong He, and Frank Thompson. “Changes in the distribution of Southern Pines under Alternative Climate and Urban Growth Scenarios”.  Missouri Natural Resources Conference, Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, February 3, 2017
  • Nigel Golden, NE CSC Graduate Fellow will present, “Assessment of Monarch Butterfly Habitat and Productivity in Urban Spaces: Methods and Approaches" at Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference "Private Landscapes, Public Responsibilities" Lincoln, Nebraska, February 7, 2017.
  • Toni Lyn Morelli, NE CSC Research Ecologist will show a poster on the "The Northeast Climate Science Center: Improving the way climate science informs resource management" at the Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference "Private Landscapes, Public Responsibilities. Lincoln, Nebraska, February 7, 2017.
  • Valerie Pasquarella  presenting in the theme of "Invasive Species Reality Check: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?” 17th Annual National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Washington DC, Feb 27- March 3, 2017. 

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Climate Change Solutions: Collaborative Science, Policy and Planning for Sustainable Water Management     The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is holding this summer specialty conference June 25-28 in Tysons, Virginia. The abstract deadline is February 6. Read More >> 

Travel Support for the National Adaptation Forum     Travel Support Applications for the 3rd National Adaptation Forum are now open.  Due February 17. Read More >> 

Annual Winter Meeting of the New England Society of American Foresters     “Adapt. Adopt. Advance: Resiliency in Forestry” will focus on the topic of changing conditions and resilience in forest management. March 8-10, 2017 - Bangor, ME. Read More >> 

Adapting Forested Watersheds to Climate Change     NIACS is launching a new initiative that will develop tools and resources related to managing water resources in forested landscapes. March 15-16, at The Waters in Minocqua, WI. Read More >> 

First Annual Northeast Regional Invasive Species Climate Change (RISCC) Management Symposium     The objective will be to 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. The meeting will be held on UMass Amherst campus on July 27 and 28, 2017.  Organizers are seeking input here >> 

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Updated Adaptation Workbook     NIACS created the Adaptation Workbook as an online, interactive version of the practical workbook published in Forest Adaptation Resources: Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers. The site was re-launched this year with many new improvements, including: new resources that support urban forestry and agriculture projects, in addition to forest management projects; an updated design for a smoother user experience; climate impacts information and resources for the entire US; and freedom to create a project anywhere in the world.  Read More >>

———LCC NEWS——————————————————-

North Atlantic LCC

Bay Barometer shows measured progress in the Chesapeake   

Town uses Connect the Connecticut to show regional significance of local aquatic resources

New resource empowers communities in New York to protect natural assets

Appalachian LCC

A Conservation Action Map for the TRB Network

LCC Science Helping to Target Restoration Sites to Improve Water Quality in the Susquehanna and Potomac Watersheds

Putting LCC Products into Hands of Practitioners in the Southeast

Upper Midwest Great Lakes LCC

Coastal Wetland Decision Support Tool Demonstration 

Eastern Tallgrass and Prairies Webinar Series

Spring is Coming - Join the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC for a Series of Informative Webinars

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

Temperature and rainfall controls on coastal wetlands in the northern Gulf of Mexico


———OTHER NEWS——————————————————-

College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainability Development Institute Newsletter     See what the NE CSC consortium partner in Wisconsin has in the works for the new year. Read More >> 

NE CSC Affiliated Investigator’s Climate Paper Most Cited by the Media     Rob DeConto, UMass Amherst Geoscience Department, published a study on Antarctica ice dynamics and future sea level rise. This was the most featured climate science paper in online news and social media for 2016.  Read More >>  

Explaining Scales of Climate Projections     Mike Rawlins, NE CSC Affiliated Researcher at UMass Amherst’s Climate System Research Center ’How can we predict the hottest year on record when weather forecasts are so uncertain?’ published in The Conversation garnered 84,000 readers in less than two weeks.  Read More >> 

Former NE CSC Intern with Sustainable Development Institute Wins Award    Wendy Dorman just won the Outstanding Teachers Assistant Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) for her work at Eastern Michigan University. Wendy contributed to NE CSC projects as climate change researcher with the College of Menominee Nation.  Read More >> 

New Publication on How Insects Will Fare with Climate Change     Insects at higher latitudes will fare better as temperatures warm than those closer to the equator, according to a new publication from researchers working with the Southeast CSC. Read More >>  


CAKE Highlight:  Panel Discussion on Adaptation     Posted to the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange site: “All Adaptation is Local: Will Changes in DC Affect the Adaptation Movement?”  Read More >> 

Midwest Climate of 2016 in Review    Temperature, precipitation, drought conditions and more are reviewed for the year 2016.  Read More >> 

Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (MARISA) Revamped Website     Check out the new interface for the MARISA.  Read More >>     

New Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation Website     The site aims to help managers who are interested in learning more about scenario planning and its appropriate and best uses to guide planning to face inevitable climate challenges. The website contains guides, case studies, tools, and more.  Read More >> 

NOAA’s Northeast Regional Climate Action Plan     NOAA Fisheries released five Regional Action Plans in response to high and growing demands for information on what’s changing, what’s at risk and how to respond to climate-related changes in US marine and coastal ecosystems.  Read More >> 

La Niña and the Impacts to the Eastern Region     Northeast Regional Climate Center and NOAA produced an information sheet specific to meteorological and oceanographic patterns associated with La Niña.  Read More >> 

Global 3-D View of Carbon Dioxide      A new NASA supercomputer project provides one of the most realistic views yet of how carbon dioxide moves through the atmosphere. Read More >>  

A New Interactive Module on Climate Change Responses      “Responses to Climate Change: What You Need to Know” provides a brief overview of adaptation options for resistance, resilience, and transition, and how to incorporate these ideas into natural resource planning and activities.  Read More >>  

Indigenous Phenology Monthly Networking Call     The goal of this group is to bring stories, data, and communities together to achieve a more complete understanding of phenology and its relationship to climate. Read More >> 

Climate 2050 Series Focuses on Wisconsin's Forestry Sector     As part of its Climate Wisconsin 2050 series of bulletins, the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) has published a new bulletin on forestry. Read More >> 

New Video Blog from a Forest Harvest Adaptation Site     Rajala Companies, a family-owned business that manages forestland across northern Minnesota, are implementing a climate adaptation project at their Sugar Hills property. Read More >> 

Printer-friendly Downloads of Climate Change Indicators     Scroll through for pdfs of the text and figures for EPAs Climate Change Indicators report. Read More >> 


2018 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship     Sea Grant is currently accepting applications for the 2018 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in Washington, D.C. Masters and PhD students should apply through a state Sea Grant program by February 21, 2017. Read More >> 

Social Science Perspectives on Climate Change     Funding is available to support the travel of up to six graduate students (or recent Ph.D. graduates) to participate in this workshop to be held in Washington, DC March 8-10. Read More >> 


Wednesday, February 8, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center

Improving climate-adaptation planning for coastal communities: local planning informed by regional hazard exposer analysis 

Speakers: Nate Wood and Taj Scotland 

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Wednesday, March 1, 4:00 pm ET

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series presents 

Greenhouse gas mitigation 

Speakers: TBA

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Wednesday, March 1, 3:30pm ET 

Northeast Climate Science Center

Climate change impacts on lake thermal habitat 

Speakers: Gretchen Hansen and Jordan Read 

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Wednesday, March 8, 3:30pm ET 

Northeast Climate Science Center

A sticky situation: When maple syrup producers receive conflicting guidance from different climate models 

Speaker: Alex Bryan, NE CSC / USGS

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Wednesday, March 29, 3:30pm ET 

Northeast Climate Science Center

Using decision tools to assess vulnerability and inform management of wildlife in the Northeast 

Speaker: Toni Lyn Morelli, NE CSC/ USGS

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Wednesday, April 12, 3:30pm ET 

Northeast Climate Science Center

Drought in the Northeast and Implications for Ecosystems

Speaker: Keith Nislow, Forest Service / UMass Amherst

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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