The Northeast Climate Science Center works with natural and cultural resource managers in the Northeast and Midwest regions to apply future climate scenarios to decision making and co-produce information, and tools for climate change adaptation.

NE CSC's Regional Science Meeting:  Incorporating Climate Science in the Management of Natural and Cultural Resources in the Midwest and Northeast took place May 15-17, 2017 on the UMass Amherst Campus.    Click READ MORE for the proceedings. 

Photo: Toni Klemm

Katie Booras is a Northeast Climate Science Center graduate fellow who just completed her Master’s in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her work focuses directly on managing water resources for a changing climate.

Take a trip with Paul and his team into the field!  We’ve updated our highlight of Paul with a neat video that paints a picture of one aspect of his Ph.D. investigation into how brook trout are affected by and adapt to climate change.  

Photo: Andy Castillo

This recent Fellow with the Northeast Climate Science Center does a lot of work behind the scenes, but his research on salt marshes is vital to many systems, from the scallops in a Florida bay, to important decision-making agencies on Long Island. 

NE CSC Graduate Fellow Pearl May works with a team at the University of Wisconsin to help Dane County, WI officials understand the potential flooding risks in the area.  Their storm transposition tool assesses the potential impacts of a known storm transposed on a different location - in this case the city and infrastructure of Madison, Wisconsin.

Photo: Dana O'Shea

The 2015 NE CSC Fellows Retreat was held September 22-25 in Suring, Wisconsin. Twenty Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows gathered to share their research, develop collaborations, and learn from stakeholders and scientists who have established strong working relationships.

Photo: Thomas Bonnot, NE CSC Graduate Fellow

The Northeast Climate Science Center is proud to present its 2015 annual report. Events, research activities, and projects are highlighted for the last year.  

Photo: Photo: M. Patterson

Climate change threatens our lands and seas, our wildlife, and our natural and cultural resources. To conserve our natural environment, managers rely on climate model projections to determine where to take action, what type of action to take, and how much action to apply. Alex Bryan, postdoctoral fellow and climate scientist for the NE CSC, provides such guidance.

Photo: Alex Bryan. Water Vapor Mixing Ratio

The NE CSC’s Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows are actively engaged in research that provides scientific information and tools that natural resource managers can use to aid climate adaptation in the Northeast region.  What are they working on and who will benefit from their research?  Watch the video!

NE CSC Fellow David Johnson was standing in a salt marsh on the northern Massachusetts coast when he saw a fiddler crab, Uca pugnax, nearly 50 miles north of its supposed natural range. The migration north of this charismatic crab with the big, waving claw may be yet another sign of climate change.

Photo: David Johnson

American Indian Tribes have continuously adapted to changing climates for thousands of years by adapting their lifestyles and cultural practices.  The October 2014 Shifting Seasons: Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation Summit in Kashena, WI focused on building relationships between tribes and climate researchers.

Photo: 2014 Summit. Julie Edler, College of Menominee Nation.

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NE CSC Federal Director, Mary Ratnaswamy Retires

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mary Ratnaswamy will be leaving the service of the Federal government when she retires from the USGS on April 30 after serving a rich and varied career.  Mary joined the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (or NE CASC, our new name as of March 2018) as Federal Director in 2012 when the NE CASC was in early stages of establishment.  She was instrumental in shaping our work in this region.  

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Scientist Spotlight: Toni Lyn Morelli’s First-hand Approach to Conservation in the Face of Climate Change

Friday, April 6, 2018

Toni Lyn Morelli has no shortage of enthusiasm for her job as a USGS research ecologist NE CSC. Her research focuses on the impacts of climate change, but this comprises a wide variety of projects spanning many years, a number of territories, and countless plant and animal species.

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New Publication: Decision Making in Forest Management

Friday, April 6, 2018

A new publication has highlighted the growing importance of adjusting forest management decisions as climate changes. Looking at the Midwest and Northeast regions the study sought to discover the concerns that land managers tend to plan for and how this influences adaptation strategies.

 

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NE CSC Participates in AAAS Annual Meeting

Friday, March 30, 2018

Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator of the NE CSC, was an invited panelist for the session “Involving Stakeholders to Improve Outcomes: Lessons From the Climate Science Centers."

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Two New Publications about Climate Impacts on Color-changing Mammals

Friday, March 9, 2018

NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Marketa Zimova, published two papers on how the worldwide decrease in snow cover already may have dramatic impacts on animals that change coat colors with the seasons.

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Project Completed: Managing Floodplains in the Midwest

Friday, March 2, 2018
Floodplain with inundation scenarios

The final report, "Science to Inform Management of Floodplain Conservation Lands under Non-Stationary Conditions" is now available. Project lead:  Robert Jacobson, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center.

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Project Completed: Sport Fish in Midwest Lakes and Climate Change

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The final report, "An integrated assessment of lake and stream thermal habitat under climate change" is now available.  PI:  Jordan Read, USGS Center for Integrated Data Analytics. 

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Project Completed: How Fish Populations are Affected by Climate Change

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Yellow perch.  Photo: David Solomon

The final report, "Characterization of spatial and temporal variability in fishes in response to climate change" is now available.  PI:  Brian Irwin, USGS Georgia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. 

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