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.


UMass Amherst Master's student Keenan Yakola has been working to understand the impacts climate change will have on nesting seabirds in the Gulf of Maine.  He recently was awarded Best Student Paper at the Pacific Seabird Group annual meeting.

Photo: Earl Johnson

NE CASC Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows assembled in the north woods of New Hampshire to learn about climate science, co-production and building multi-disciplinary research relationships.

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.  

NE CASC Postdoctoral Research Fellow Madeline Magee studies how Wisconsin lakes are changing under the effects of climate change and land use. After receiving her Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison, she continued her works as a postdoctoral research...

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 recieved a 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 CASC 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 NE CASC’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


NE CASC e-Newsletters

New Publication: The Future of Floods and Droughts in Massachusetts Under Climate Change

Friday, October 30, 2020
A recent flood in the Eastern Massachusetts town of Norwood

Massachusetts has witnessed numerous major floods and droughts over the past several decades. But what will the future hold for the state in terms of these hydrological extremes? A team including NE CASC researchers Ridwan Siddique, Ambarish Karmalkar, and Richard Palmer answers this question in their new article published in the Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies

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Changing the Face of Local Seafood: NE CASC Fellow's Research Seeks to Help Regional Fishing Industry Navigate Challenging Times

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Amanda Davis and Collaborator

A combination of factors--including climate change, overfishing, and the rise of imported seafood--have pressed the New England fishing industry into a vulnerable state. But the research of NE CASC fellow Amanda Davis suggests the industry may have cause for optimism. Her work concludes that abundant but relatively unfamiliar species could hold the key to reinvigorating regional fisheries.

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Project Completed: How and why is the timing and occurrence of seasonal migrants in the Gulf of Maine changing due to climate?

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Whalte Tail

A team led by Adrian Jordaan, Daniel Pendleton, Chris Sutherland and Michelle Staudinger has completed its final report for the project, "How and why is the timing and occurrence of seasonal migrants in the Gulf of Maine changing due to climate?"  This study sought to advance understanding of the responses of large migratory whales and other marine wildlife to climate change by examining species-specific shifts in timing of migration and habitat use.

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New Publication: Future Forest Composition Under a Changing Climate and Adaptive Forest Management in Southeastern Vermont

Friday, October 23, 2020
Vermont Forest

NE CASC PI Anthony D'Amato has coauthored an article in Forest Ecology and Management exploring the impacts of climate change, disturbance, and varying forest adaptation strategies on future forest structure and composition in the landscapes surrounding Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park.

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New Publication:Trends in Abundance and Habitat Associations of Forest Birds

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Forest Bird

A team led by NE CASC principal investigators Thomas Bonnot and Frank Thompson has conducted the first comprehensive study seeking to analyze a massive, 26-year dataset generated by the Migrant and Landbird Conservation Strategy monitoring program of the USDA Forest Service's Sourthern Region. Its results, which have been assembled in a new report, will help inform conservation and management efforts across the South.

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NE CASC Appoints Three Graduate Assistants to Advance DEI Goals

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Acting on our commitment to help dismantle environmental racism and pursue a more just society, NE CASC recently appointed three graduate assistants who will lead projects designed to advance the Center’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. 

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NE CASC Tribal Climate Science Liaison Casey Thornbrugh Wins 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Casey Thornbrugh

NE CASC Tribal Climate Science Liaison Casey Thornbrugh recently received a 2020 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award. This marks the second consecutive year that an NE CASC representative has claimed this prestigious honor.

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The Return of the Brown-Headed Nuthatch: NE CASC PIs Help Restore Ecosystem, Evaluate Conservation Technique

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Brown-headed Nuthatch

Extirpated from Missouri's Ozark Highlands more than a century ago, the brown-headed nuthatch is now poised for a comeback in this area thanks in part to the work of NE CASC principal investigators Thomas Bonnot and Frank Thompson. Their project will help restore the native ecosystem and evaluate a conservation technique known as assisted migration. 

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