NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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2016 Annual Report is Now Available     The Northeast Climate Science Center is proud to present its 2016 annual report.  People, events, research activities, and projects are highlighted.  Read about our work in understanding climate impacts on phenology, large-scale planning under uncertainty, effect of drought on Northeast species and habitats, and more.  Read More >> 

NE CSC Receives Adaptation Awards at National Adaptation Forum     Two awards were presented to NE CSC staff and researchers at this month’s National Adaptation Forum in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Olivia LeDee, Deputy Director of the NE CSC, received an award for climate adaptation in the individual category. Researchers and contributors from the NE CSC-funded Massachusetts Wildlife Climate Action Tool Partnership are the recipient of the climate adaptation leadership award for natural resources.  Read More >> 

Project Completed: FishTail      “A decision support mapper for conserving stream fish habitats of the Northeast Climate Science Center region,” a NE CSC- funded project led by Craig Paukert of the USGS Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, has wrapped up. The final report, the decision support mapper tool, and various presentations and publications were completed by a team of researchers throughout the NE CSC region. Read More >> 

Two Positions Open for Tribal Climate Science Liaison in the NE CSC Region     One position will be based at the NE CSC host institution UMass Amherst and cover both the eastern part of  NE CSC and the SE CSC regions.  The midwest liaison will be stationed at the USFS Northern Research Station on University of Minnesota campus an serve the midwest area of the NE CSC region.   Read more >>  

New Publication: Mapping Meadows of Climate “Refugia” in the Sierra Nevada      Natural areas that are expected to remain similar in the future to what they are today, despite changing temperature and precipitation patterns, are called climate “refugia” and are important for the conservation of many wildlife species. The NE CSC and partners have mapped areas of climate refugia for the Sierra Nevada, taking into account the ability of animals to move between them.  Read More >>

NE CSC’s May 2017 Regional Science Meeting     The culmination of five years of developing actionable science was shared with up to 150 of NE CSC’s researchers and partners in this two-day meeting.  Proceedings, including copies of presentations made during the topical sessions, will be available soon!  Read More >> 

Recent Publications from the NE CSC

Upcoming Presentations by NE CSC

  • June, 2017. Society for Freshwater Science. Extensive spatiotemporal variation of nutrient concentrations in Lake Michigan tributaries. NE CSC Graduate Fellow Rob Mooney, et al. 
  • June 13-14, 2017. NAREA Workshop. The Impacts of Climate Change on Land Conservation and Restoration: Economic Policy Advances in Adaptation and Mitigation. NE CSC Co-PI Radley Horton
  • July 27-28, 2017. First Annual Northeast Regional Invasive Species Climate Change (RISCC) Management Symposium. Potential Impacts of Projected Changes in Climatic Suitability for Southern Pine Beetle in Northeast US Forests. NE CSC Co-PI Radley Horton



Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change Symposium      Registration is now open for this two-day symposium that will include presentations by leading experts in invasive species and climate science, as well as panels and hands-on workshops. July 27-28, UMass Amherst campus.  Read More >> 

5th Annual Summer School on Sustainable Climate Risk Management     Will take place 30 July - 4 August 2017 at The Pennsylvania State University.  Apply by May 30.  Read More >> 

Workshop on the Future of Ash Forests After EAB    July  25 – 27, Duluth, MN.  Registration deadline is May 31.  Read More >> 

Indigenous Planning Summer Institute     Hosted by the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute.  June 5-9, Whispering Pines Retreat, Shawano, Wis. Read More >> 

11th Graduate Climate Conference    The GCC will return to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for its 11th iteration in November 2017.  Applications due June 15.  Read More >> 

Leadership Workshop for Early Career Women in Science     The workshop is open to graduate students, postdocs and others in early career positions, and friends/allies of women in science.   Fairbanks, AK, August 24-25.  Read More >> 

Minnesota DNR Climate Adaptation Workshop     Cloquet Forestry Center - September 13-14.  This is a hands-on workshop for MN DNR staff. Read More >> 


Climate Engine: New Tool for Visualizing Climate and Remote Sensing Data     The Desert Research Institute, University of Idaho, and Google have developed a tool, the Climate Engine, designed to improve decision making related to drought, water resources, agricultural, wildfire, and ecological health by allowing users to analyze and interact with climate and land-surface datasets in real-time without the need to download huge data sets.  Read More >> 

————LCC NEWS———————

LCC NETWORK PROGRESS REPORT: Accomplishing Recommendations in the National Academy of Sciences Review of the LCCs 

North Atlantic LCC

            Partners launch ‘Nature’s Network’ to guide conservation from Maine to Virginia  

            After years long "Envisioning" process, partners release comprehensive vision for Susquehanna River  

            North Atlantic LCC Annual Report highlights conservation in action  

            Maine leads effort to streamline aquatic conservation with regional database  

Appalachian LCC

            Survey: Controlled Invasive Plants on Property  

            Engaging State and Federal Agencies on Regional Science Information and Resources  

            Coordinator Highlights Landscape Conservation Design Effort for Emerging Risks Roundtable Discussion  

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks

            Seeking Candidates for 4 Gulf Strategic Conservation Assessment positions 

            Time flies when you’re having fun: the GCPO LCC’s 7th annual spring meeting! 

            A Holistic View of Gulf Coast Landscapes through the Strategic Conservation Assessment 

            A Marketing Approach to Conservation: the region’s first quantitative assessment of ecosystem service supply, demand, and values from private landowners 

Eastern Tallgrass prairie and Big Rivers LCC

            #WeLoveLandscapes - A Conservation Blueprint for the Nation?! 

            Kelley Myers Named Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC Coordinator 

Upper Midwest Great Lakes LCC

            Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC Progress Report 2017 

————OTHER NEWS——————

NE CSC University Director Receives Distinguished Recognition     Dr. Richard Palmer has been elected as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Read More >> 

Applications to Join the NE CSC Final Review Team Extended      Seeking reviewers for South Central, Pacific Islands and Northeast CSCs.  Solicitation for members for the Scientific Review Team for NE CSC has been extended to June 2.  Read More >>  

Advances Made in Observation Networks in the Midwest     The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) co-hosted the 4th mesonet (networks that do not cover the entire country, but are a collection of observation stations within a smaller area) workshop in Champaign, IL on March 21-23.  Read More >>  

Partners Launch ‘Nature’s Network’ to Guide Conservation from Maine to Virginia     Science-based tools help communities work with nature to sustain wildlife and people throughout the Northeast.  Read More >> 

Loggers Consider Climate Change Risks and Ways to Adapt     The Minnesota Logger Education Program is a non-profit organization designed to help logging professionals and business owners to meet the ever-changing demands of the profession.  Read More >>

NE CSC’s Toni Lyn Morelli on Minnesota Public Radio     Hoping to build a defense against climate change, the Nature Conservancy is planting 50,000 trees this spring in "conifer strongholds," places the trees are expected to thrive, even in a warmer climate.  Toni Lyn contributed to this news story. Read More >>  

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Annual Report     The 2016 annual report highlighting activities and accomplishments of NCCWSC and the CSCs is now available. Read More >> 



Recording of Webinar Presented by NE CSC University Director    “Using Drought Forecasts to Improve Natural Resource Management” was presented by UMass Amherst’s Richard Palmer on April 27, 2017.  Read More >> 

Report: Global and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United States      In a new study, researchers investigated the possible range of global sea level rise for the 21st century and then developed regional sea level rise scenarios for the entire U.S. coastline across this global range.     With contributions by NE CSC PI, Radley Horton of Columbia University.  Read More >> 

The Northeast Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (RISCC) Management Network has a New Website     Find out about the Northeast RISCC Management network, information on an upcoming summer symposium, and links to invasive species and climate change resources.  Registration for the July 27-28 Symposium is now open. Read More >>  

Midwest Climate at a Glance     Recent climate trends in assembled by the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.  Read More >> 

The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science     This serves to celebrate the inspirational and adventurous women who have chosen to dedicate their lives in the search of clues to the history of life on earth, and to educate the public on the inequities and prejudices that exist in the sciences, with special emphasis on paleontology.  Read More >>

Nature-based Solutions     This web-based resource provides tips and links for using nature to address flooding.  Read More >> 

NIACS New Effort on Climate Adaptation in Forested Watersheds   Forest Adaptation Resources: climate change tools and approaches for land managers, 2nd edition is now available.  Read More >> 

New Publication with Practical Advice for Facilitating Actionable Science     The paper, authored by North Central CSC-supported scientists, offers practical suggestions for scientists and practitioners who want to implement actionable science.  Read More >> 

New Publication on Ecological Attributes for Resilience and Restoration     The study systematically examined the published literature on ecological resilience to identify biological, chemical, and physical attributes that confer resilience to climate change.  Read More >> 

Climate-Informed Farm and Forest Demonstration Sites    The Northeast Regional Climate Hub partnered with the University of Delaware and other regional USDA and land grant collaborators to showcase sites through a series of 360-degree virtual field tours.  Read More >> 

Climate Risk Monitoring Due to Unusually Warm February     Data, graphics, impacts and tools are assembled in The Climate Observer, from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center. Read More >> 

Climate Science Webinars on the Webinar Portal      Through this webinar portal you can stay up-to-date with the latest research and industry practices in forestry, conservation, bioenergy, climate change and natural resources.  Read More >>

New Handouts Summarize Tree Species Responses to Climate Change     NIACS created a series of 2-page handouts that summarize how individual tree species are expected to respond to climate change across New England and northern New York as part of a vulnerability assessment that will be released later this year. Read More >> 

Climate Change Resource Center     The Forest Service's Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a web-based, national resource that connects land managers and decision makers with useable science to address climate change in planning and application.  Read More >> 

Vulnerability Assessments for Wisconsin's Natural Communities     The WICCI Plants and Natural Communities Working Group has released a series of short climate change vulnerability assessments for Wisconsin's natural communities. Read More >> 

Lake States Fire Science Consortium     The Lake States Fire Science Consortium is designed to share knowledge among researchers and managers across our region. Read More >> 


Application Period Open to Participate in Climate Science Center Review Teams     The American Fisheries Society and the Human Dimensions Research Unit of Cornell University are soliciting members for teams to conduct reviews of three Climate Science Centers.  These reviews will help guide the future of our program! Read More >> 

Southeast Climate Center Partner Survey     In this survey, SE CSC seeks to better understand which activities might be particularly useful in the coming years.  Read More >> 

Survey Evaluating Collaboration Between Indigenous Peoples and Climate Scientists     The project seeks to improve the quality of interaction and cooperation between Tribes and Climate Science Organizations (CSOs) in the U.S. Tribes are Indigenous peoples, whether U.S. federally-recognized, state-recognized or un-recognized.  Read More >>

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity: SESYNC     The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) has three exciting new Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunities scheduled to start in August 2017CV and a detailed cover letter due May 31. Read More >> 

Job Opportunity: Director for the High Plains Regional Climate Center     At the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Review of applications begins in early August.  Read More >> 

Job Opening: Assistant Sustainability Scientist      University of Oklahoma, position #171235. Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:  Building Capacity for Science Communication Partnership Awards     he National Academy of Sciences is offering two awards of $37,500 each to support the development of collaborative science communication researcher-practitioner partnerships. Due June 1.  Read More >> 

Funding Opportunity:   2018 NOAA / Climate Program Office    Letters of intent due June 14.  Read More >> 

Call for Session and Workshops     4th International Symposium on The Effects of Climate Change on the World’s Oceans.  Proposals due June 9.  Read More >> 


Wednesday, May 31, 11:00am MT

Office of Indian Energy and the Western Power Administration presents: 

University Resources for Tribal Energy Partnerships 

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Thursday, June 1, 1:15pm ET

American Renewable Energy Institute

Teaching Systems Thinking to Fill the Climate Literacy Gap

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Thursday, June 1, 2:00pm ET

NC State University 

NCA4 Land Cover and Land Use Change Public Webinar

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Thursday, June 1, 2:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Blue Carbon in Practice: Bringing Coastal Wetlands into the US National Inventory of GHG Emissions

Speaker: Dr. Steve Crooks

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Wednesday, June 7, 12pm

OneNOAA Science Seminar Series

Preparing for Change: NMFS Climate Science Strategy and Regional Action Plans 

Speaker: Roger Griffis

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Wednesday, June 7, 4pm ET

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series 

Ecological systems and restoration 

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Thursday, June 8, 1:15pm ET

Arizona State University

How Sustainable is Our Global Climate Ethos 

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Monday, June 12, 1pm ET

USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center

Drought Refugia: Remote Sensing Approaches and Management Applications

Speaker: Jennifer Cartwright

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Wednesday, June 21, 3pm ET

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange 

Understanding Water Availability Across landscapes in a Time of Increasing Drought

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Thursday, June 22, 10am PT

Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange 

The State of Climate Change Adaptation in Water Resources of the Southeast United States and the U.S. Caribbean 

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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