NE CSC Newsletter

Monday, November 20, 2017

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**NEXT WEBINAR** Maple Syrup Production and Climate Change     On Wednesday, November 29 at 3:30pm EST, Joshua Rapp from UMass Amherst, and Selena Ahmed from Montana State University, will present “What are the impacts of climate change on maple syrup production and can we manage for them?”  Read More >> 


New Projects Funded by NE CSC     We launched three projects recently to address wildlife conservation and climate change. The first two projects focus on vernal pools and lakes across the Northeast to better understand the concerns that climate change will have on aquatic ecosystems. The third project is a collaboration to create an extensive menu of adaptation options that can be used by land managers and conservationists to address climate change concerns. Read More >>


Project Completed to Understand Coastal Processes     Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are a new and relatively untapped resource for coastal surveying.  The project, “Pilot Study to Evaluate Coastal Change Using Unmanned Aerial Systems” provided a low-risk, low-cost means to explore the utility of UAS for coastal mapping on beaches and marshes, and developed methodology and capacity to acquire, process, and analyze data. Read More >> 


Using Models to Predict Complex Wildlife Responses to Climate     NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow Tom Bonnot looked into the varying population size and distribution of two critical bird species, the prairie warbler and wood thrush, by modeling their population distribution across the central hardwoods and then predicting how these variables will change up to the year 2100. Read More >>


900 Years of Fires in Central Maine     Wildfire frequency and distributions in the Northeast will directly be affected by climate change, but little is known about wildfire activity in the past.  Using a less frequent method of analysis, NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Dan Miller, determined if certain compounds leave a more accurate trace of wildfire events.  Read  More >>


RISCC Proceedings Now Available     Recorded talks and workshop summaries from the 2017 Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management Symposium are now available.  Read More >> 


Recent Publications from the NE CSC

•Bonnot, T. W., F. R. Thompson III, and J. J. Millspaugh. 2017. Dynamic-landscape metapopulation models predict complex response of wildlife populations to climate and landscape change. Ecosphere 8(7)

•Coffel, E. D., Thompson, T. R., & Horton, R. M. 2017. The impacts of rising temperatures on aircraft takeoff performance. Climatic Change, 1-8.

•Lesk, C., E. Coffel, R.M. Horton, T. D’Amato, and K. Dodds. 2017.  Threats to North American forests from southern pine beetle with warming winters. Nature Climate Change.

•Miller, D.R., Castañeda, I.S., Bradley, R.S. et al. J Paleolimnol. 2017. Regional wildfire activity in central Maine (USA) during the past 900 years. Journal of Paleolimnology. 

•Sirén, A. P. K., Pekins, P. J., Kilborn, J. R., Kanter, J. J. and Sutherland, C. S. 2017. Potential influence of high-elevation wind farms on carnivore mobility. Journal of Wildlife Management.

•Sturdivant E, Lentz EE, Thieler R, Farris A, Weber K, Remsen D, Miner S, and Henderson R. 2017. UAS-SfM for Coastal Research: Geomorphic Feature Extraction and Land Cover Classification from High-Resolution Elevation and Optical Imagery  Remote Sensing, Jan-10-2017, Volume 9, Issue 10, p.1020


Upcoming Presentations by NE CSC

December 15, 2017.  NE CSC co-PI, Chris Caldwell, Director, College of Menominee Nation's Sustainable Development Institute, College of Menominee Nation. “Collaboration in Action: Working with Indigenous peoples and Tribal communities to navigate climate decision support organizations and programs to assist Tribal communities in addressing climate resilience and sustainability efforts.”  American Geophysical Union, New Orleans, LA



ASAP New England Climate Network Workshop     Funding, Finance, and Investment Solutions for Climate Adaptation.  Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Greenland, New Hampshire, December 5.  Read More >> 


Short Course on Coastal Resiliency     For graduate students (MS or PhD) who are working in any of the disciplines related to adaptation planning and implementation for coastline sustainability projects.  Applications to attend due January 5.  Northeastern University, Boston, June 17-23.  Read More >> 


2017 Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative Conference     Talks and workshops designed to help collaborators build capacity to communicate and market their work to a broader stakeholder audience. Special session "Can We Manage the Impacts of Climate Change on Sugar Maple and Maple Sugaring?" Burlington, VT, December 15. Read More >> 


Training: Climate Academy     This 8 week online course is designed to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide an overview of tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increase climate literacy and communication skills. Read More >> 


Training: Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices Online Training     Offered by Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science. January 15 – March 02. Available as an online, seven-week course for natural resource professionals working in New England and New York. Read More >>  


78th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference     The theme of the meeting is "Strengthening Natural Resources Through Collaboration." Early-bird registration pricing is available now through December 15.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 28-31.  Read More >> 





Citizen Climate Observation Reporting Tool     The CoCoRaHS Condition Monitoring web map depicts local, community-level conditions and how recent weather and climate events have affected those communities. Volunteer observers provide weekly reports through the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) network website. Read More >> 


————LCC NEWS———————

Appalachian LCC

            Conservation and Inspiration in the Tennessee River Basin    

North Atlantic LCC 

            New report provides regional perspective on the conservation status of plants 

            Partners reach fish passage milestone ahead of schedule in the Chesapeake Bay watershed

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC 

            A New Mississippi Export: Natural Resource Enterprises

            Eating the Elephant: The Strategic Conservation Assessment for the Gulf Coast

Eastern and Tall Grass Prairies LCC 

            LCC Resources Added in October 2017

Upper Midwest Great Lakes LCC

            Restoration Assessment Data Now Available for Great Lakes Coastal Wetlands


————OTHER NEWS——————

NE CSC University Director Richard Palmer Receives Distinguished Member Award     The highest honor bestowed by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Distinguished Membership is considered the Hall of Fame of civil engineering.  Read More >> and View Video Here >>    


NE CSC PI Ray Bradley in National Geographic     Join Ray and team on a coring expedition to northern corners of Svalbard Island in the Arctic.  On a 45 foot sailboat.  In gale winds.  Read More >> 


College of Menominee Nation’s Phenology Trail     This project addresses the question, “Can plant phenology provide an early warning indicator of changes to forest habitat resulting from climate change?” Read More >> 


NE CSC Postdoctoral Fellow Bill DeLuca’s Work Featured by TNC     Cool Green Science Blog highlights ornithologist Joe Smith about research showing that songbirds make long migrations over the open ocean, includes research by Bill DeLuca. Read More >> 


NE CSC Graduate Fellow Ethan Coffel on “Academic Minute”     Ethan was interviewed about his work on extreme temperatures and impacts to aviation.  Read More >> 


NE CSC PI Radley Horton NYTimes Op-ed     Upon the release of the draft National Climate Assessment, Radley and co-authors put the climate crisis into context.  Read More >>


NE CSC Affiliated Investigator Rob DeConto on “Living on Earth”     Rob talks about the vulnerability of coastal urban areas on the Atlantic coast due to changes in the Antarctic. Read More >> 


UMass Joins University Corporation for Atmospheric Research     Ray Bradley, NE CSC PI and Director of the Climate System Research Center (CSRC), along with Michael Rawlins, CSRC Associate Director, led the initiative.  Read More >>  




Mass Audubon State of the Birds     Co-authored by NE CSC Graduate Fellow Keenan Yakola, this report focuses on climate change in impacts on birds in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Read More >> 


Midwest Climate Observer     See the climate at a glance, products, tools and news.  Read More >> 


New Publication on Climate Change and Invasive Species     An invasive freshwater clam is moving Northward with warmer temperatures.  Read More >> 


CAKE Highlight: MPA Vulnerability Tool    The North American Marine Protected Area Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool was created to help marine protected area managers evaluate the implications of climate change for the habitats of their sites. Read More >> 


CAKE Highlight: Sea Level Scenarios     New tool  “Incorporating Sea Level Change Scenarios at the Local Level.”  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 >> 


Northeast State Wildlife Action Plans Database     Includes links to recent plans and contact information for State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinators and Wildlife Diversity Managers. Read More >>  


Climate Hubs Portal     New website that allows stakeholders to quickly and easily find information for managing risks posed by a changing climate.  Read More >> 



Comment Period for NCA4     Review and comment on National Climate Assessment draft regional chapters, Indigenous Peoples chapter, and thematic chapters until January 31.  Read More >> 

Fellowship for Women    Graduate Women in Science is offering fellowships for women students & early career professionals to aid research in any STEM field. Applications due January 12.  Read More >> 

Master’s in Regional Climate Dynamics     In Dr. Richard Anyah’s lab a the University of Connecticut.  Read More >> 

Postdoctoral Opportunity     Aquatic Landscape Ecology and Applied Hydrology,  Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.  Read More >> 

Postdoctoral Opportunity     For the project, “Finding the Sweet Spot: Scale Challenges and Opportunities for Beekeeping and Maple Syrup Production in Maine.” University of Maine and College of the Atlantic.  Due November 24. Read More >>





Tuesday, November 28 @ 1:00pm EST

North Central Climate Science Center

Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into National Park Service (NPS) Planning

John Gross and Gregor Schuurman, National Park Service

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Wednesday, November 29 @ 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center

What are the impacts of climate change on maple syrup production and can we manage for them?

Joshua Rapp, UMass Amherst and Selena Ahmed, Montana State University

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Wednesday, November 29 @ 2:00pm ET

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

Protecting open space and tidal wetland migration corridors for coastal resilience in the Gulf of Mexico

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Thursday, November 30, 9:30am EST

NOAA Eastern Region Climate Services

Recent Warming Trends in the NE U.S. Marine Ecosystem

Kathy Mills from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute

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Thursday, November 30 @ 1:15pm- 2:45pm EST

National Council for Science and the Environment

The Fourth National Climate Assessment and Outcomes from the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn - COP 23

Facilitated Discussion

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Wednesday, December 6 @ 3:30 ET

Northeast Climate Science Center

Engaging managers in forest adaptation science and application in the northern forest region

Anthony D'Amato, University of Vermont and NE CSC PI

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Wednesday, December 6 @ 4:00PM ET

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar 


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Wednesday, December 6 @ 5:00pm EST

National Climate Assessment Webinar for Public Comment

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Tuesday, December 12 @ 3:00 pm EST

ASAP Presents: Innovation and Excellence in Natural Systems Adaptation  

Preparing for Extreme Rainfall on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest 

United States Forest Service

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Wednesday, December 13 @ 12:00pm EST

Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

Current and future water availability and streamflow characteristics in GCPO watersheds

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Tuesday, January 16 @ 8:00pm EST

National Climate Assessment Webinar for Public Comment

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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