The Northeast Climate Adaptation 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.

NE CASC News

NE CASC e-Newsletters

New study addresses the Emerald Ash Borer Invasion

Monday, June 18, 2018

 A new publication addresses the urgency of the threat of Emerald Ash Borer and gives insight to new adaptive management strategies.

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Connecticut River Flow Restoration Study released

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Report bridges the needs of nature and people along the Connecticut River.

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2017 Annual Report Now Available!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (note our new name!) is proud to present its 2017 annual report.  Recent projects, events, research activities, and Fellow’s work are highlighted.  

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Adapting to Extreme Flooding: Conserving the Connecticut River Watershed

Monday, June 4, 2018

Conservation partners meet to strategize mitigation plans to protect communities and river habitats.

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Project Completed: Making Decisions in Headwater Stream Ecosystems

Friday, June 1, 2018

The final report, "Making decisions in complex landscapes: headwater stream management across multiple agencies " is now available. Project lead: Evan Grant, USGS and Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass Amherst

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NE CSC Federal Director, Mary Ratnaswamy Retires

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Mary Ratnaswamy

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 (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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