NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, November 14, 2013

NE CSC Webinar:  "Conservation in the face of climate change: How can decision makers use the best available science in preparation for extreme events?"  November 20, 3:30pm ET.  Michael Runge, Research Ecologist, USGS Pautuxent Wildlife Research Center.  Extreme events are a form of uncertainty.  They are rare, we don’t know when they will happen, but they have large effects (we typically worry about negative effects).  People make decisions in the face of uncertainty like this all the time, often by seeking strategies that reduce the frequency of such events, lessen the impact, or mitigate the effects if they occur.  For example, a homeowner worried about coastal flooding can reduce the frequency of flood damage by building on higher ground, lessen the impact by hardening the coastline in some manner, or mitigate the effects by purchasing flood insurance.  All of these strategies carry some sort of cost, and the challenge to the decision maker is to evaluate the probability of occurrence, the magnitude of damage, the opportunity for mitigation, and the cost for all the alternatives available.  The field of decision analysis provides a full set of tools for analyzing such decisions.  Read more...

 

Special Issue focuses on climate change impacts on ecological systems     A national assessment of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services will be the focus of an open-access Special Issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. The series of six articles was prepared by a workgroup of over 60 experts from government agencies, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector as part of a contribution to the 2014 US National Climate Assessment.  Michelle Staudinger (Science Coordinator, DOI Northeast Climate Science Center) was part of the steering committee for the Special Issue.  Read more…

 

Rising from the Ashes: What happens when the trees disappear from the forest?     Chippewa National Forest—Scan the horizon of this vast, open swamp and forest land and you’ll see black ash trees. Millions and millions of black ash, and not much else.  When—not if—the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) arrives here in north central Minnesota, it will kill all these trees in just a few years, through a process in which the ash borer larvae basically prevent nutrients from moving between the leaves and roots and cause trees to die. Because there are so many black ash trees in this forest, and so little else, the insects will feast, and in their wake, leave a dramatically changed forest landscape.  NE CSC PI Tony D'Amato is investigating this issue.   Read more…

 

Workshop: Adaptive Management    NE CSC PI Tony D'Amato co-lead a workshop on “Adaptive Management in the Face of Climate Change” for University of Minnesota, Sustainable Forestry Education Cooperative on October 28, 2013.  Conference attendees included federal, county, state, and private foresters from Minnesota, as well as Extension Educators from Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

 

 

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New Expertise Database Launches!  Participate in Sustainable Landscape-level Conservation     (App LCC) The Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is excited to announce the launching of its unique Member Directory, an expert database tool that is bringing together a diverse range of individuals and expertise interested in participating in landscape conservation efforts throughout the region. This database will be an ideal tool for colleagues to seek out and communicate with others in their field of interest and identify experts to collaborate on projects. Read more...

 

 

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Tuesday, November 19, 12:00 pm ET

Ohio State University Changing Climate webinar series presents, 

"Climate Change & Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie"

Molly Woloszyn, Dr. Richard Stumpf

To join or register, visit:  http://changingclimate.osu.edu/webinars/

 

Tuesday, November 19, 3:00 pm ET

NCCWSC Climate Science and Management webinar series presents,  

"Predicted Climate Change Effects on Fisheries Habitat and Production in the Great Lakes"

David Bunnell

To join or register, visit:  https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/253

 

Wednesday, November 20, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Conservation in the face of climate change: How can decision makers use the best available science in preparation for extreme events?"

Michael Runge, USGS

To join or register, visit:  https://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/conservation-face-climate-change-how-can-decision-makers-use-best-available-science-prepara

 

Thursday, November 21, 1:00 pm ET

NOAA Climate Program Office presents, 

"A Focus On Groundwater"

Ruth Langridge, Sharon Medgal

To join or register, visit:  http://cpo.noaa.gov/ClimatePrograms/ClimateandSocietalInteractions/SARPProgram/WebinarsandWorkshops.aspx

 

Wednesday, December 4, 1:00 pm ET

EPA CRWU training series presents, 

"Robust Planning to Support Decision Making"

To join or register, visit:  https://epa.connectsolutions.com/e6bkkwt72gl/event/registration.html

 

Wednesday December 4, 1 p.m. Central time

Engaging Preparedness Communities working group of the National Integrated Drought Information System presents, 

"Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Approach to Impacts Assessment"

Taryn Finnessey, Colorado Water Conservation Board

To register, visit: http://drought.unl.edu/AboutUs/CurrentResearch/EngagingPreparednessCommu...

 

Wednesday, December 4, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Paleo Perspectives on Climate Extremes"

Raymond Bradley, UMass Amherst and the Northeast Climate Science Center

To join or register, visit: http://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/paleo-perspectives-climate-extremes

 

Tuesday, December 10, 3:00 pm ET

NCCWSC Climate Science and Management presents, 

"Avian Conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, Northern Great Plains: Understanding the Links Between Climate, Ecosystem Processes, Wetland Management, and Bird Communities"

Susan Skagen, USGS Fort Collins Science Center

To join or register, visit:  https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/254

 

Wednesday, December 18, 2:00 pm ET

The Restoration Webinar Series presents, 

"Navigating state regulatory arenas: Differing approaches for permitting river restoration"

Serena McClain, American Rivers

To join or register, visit:  http://distancelearning.fws.gov/webinars/restoration_schedule.pdf

 

 

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Interior Secretary Offers Vision for Conservation     (Appalachian LCC) In remarks at the National Press Club, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell laid out a strong agenda to strengthen the nation's economy and pass along its rich conservation legacy to the next generation – a path forward that includes balanced development and engaging and employing youth on our public lands. Read more...

 

Rural Well-Being in the Prairie Pothole Region – Linking land-use and economics     (Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC) Land-use in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the northern Great Plains has been shifting at an extraordinary rate, including changes in agriculture practices, the recent boom in petroleum production, and rising tourism, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. Read more…

 

LCC Leverages Expertise to Build Communities of Science for Tallgrass Prairie Conservation     (Eastern Tallgrass Prairies and Big Rivers LCC) The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) welcomes a team of dedicated natural resources professionals to advance and coordinate conservation efforts to restore and connect wildlife with people across the functional working landscape of America’s heartland. Read more...

 

New LCC Team Articulates Strategy and Priorities for Science Delivery    (North Atlantic LCC)  A new North Atlantic LCC Science Delivery team including over 30 members each representing different delivery functions in federal agencies, state agencies, national NGOs, regional NGOs, and watershed groups is articulating priority needs for effectively delivering science.  Read more...

 

Northeast Habitat Guides Completed for Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies     (North Atlantic LCC) Funded by the Regional Conservation Needs program, this project from The Nature Conservancy ensures understanding and widespread use of the Northeast Aquatic Habitat classification system by creating a printable web-based guide and GIS database. Read more…

 

Range-wide Monitoring of the Interior Least Tern and its Habitat - a multi-LCC project     (Gulf Coast Plains and Ozarks LCC) The Interior least tern (ILT) is a small bird with a big influence on the way large rivers are managed across the central U.S.  The ILT is an endangered species that is patchily distributed across a broad range encompassing18 states (reflecting the distribution of its preferred sandbar habitat). Read more…

 

 

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White House Issues Executive Order on Climate Preparation    On November 1, the White House released an Executive Order to enhance preparedness and resilience in the face of climate change in the United States. The Executive Order is divided into eight sections, and includes general policy issues, land and water management strategies, federal agency planning, and support of data and information processing tools. View Executive Order or Fact Sheet…

 

A decade of water from the NASA Earth Observatory     Adapting to climate change will require more than fortifying coastlines and preparing for warmer temperatures. It will require a careful look at how we manage our water resources. Nearly a decade of observations from the twin GRACE satellites shows that some parts of the United States could face hard times in coming years.  Read more…

 

DOI Announces $162 Million for Storm Preparedness a Year After Sandy    While visiting New Jersey on October 24, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Department of the Interior would be investing $162 million towards storm preparedness. The announcement came the week before Hurricane Sandy’s one-year anniversary. The money will be distributed for salt marsh restoration projects up and down the Atlantic, and is consistent with the Presidential task force’s recommendations on rebuilding strategies.  Several projects that will directly or indirectly involve the NE CSC received funding.  Read more…

 

One Year Later: The Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy     From Climate Central:  Superstorm Sandy — part hurricane, part fearsome nor’easter — battered the Eastern U.S. in October 2012. The storm brought a record storm surge to New York City and the New Jersey Shore, killing 159 and causing an estimated $65 billion in damage. The megastorm drove home the vulnerability of coastal cities like New York to sea level rise and storm surge. One year later, we look at Sandy's aftermath. Read more...

 

Scientists Develop New Method to Help Global Coasts Adapt to Sea-Level Rise    A new study led by Professor Robert Nicholls from the University of Southampton has combined the available data on a number of different climate and non-climate (such as uplift, subsidence and natural phenomena -- earthquakes for example) mechanisms, which contribute to sea-level change, to create appropriate scenarios of sea-level rise at any location when policy-makers consider impacts and adaption.  Read more...

 

CAKE: Case Study Highlight - Incorporating Climate Change into TMDL Decisions for Lake Champlain    Lake Champlain, located between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York, has historically suffered from problematic blue-green algae blooms that are dangerous to the health of humans, fish, and wildlife. The blooms are primarily caused by excess non-point source pollution entering the lake, which is likely to be exacerbated by climate impacts such as changes in precipitation and flashier storms.  Read more…

 

 

 

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EPA Releases Climate Adaptation Plan     The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its draft Climate Adaptation Implementation Plans for public comment. The EPA’s plans consist of seven programs and 10 regional plans that identify high risk areas and offer detailed strategies of how the EPA will help communities adapt to climate change. Read more...

 

Dual impacts of climate change: forest migration and turnover through life history    Tree species are predicted to track future climate by shifting their geographic distributions, but climate-mediated migrations are not apparent in a recent continental-scale analysis. To better understand the mechanisms of a possible migration lag, the authors analyzed relative recruitment patterns by comparing juvenile and adult tree abundances in climate space. Read more…

 

New Report Shows Taxpayer Cost From Inaction on Climate Change    On October 29, Ceres published a new report “Inaction on Climate Change: The Cost to Taxpayers,” documenting the growing burden on taxpayers from public disaster relief and recovery programs, and warning that government losses and taxpayer costs will continue to rise unless the programs are reformed to encourage climate change mitigation. Ceres president Mindy Lubber noted “Taxpayer costs from climate change are getting bigger and bigger. Last year’s extreme weather events alone cost every American more than $300 apiece, or $100 billion altogether - most of it to pay for federal crop, flood, wildfire and disaster relief.”  Read more...

 

EPA: Climate Change Impacts and Adapting to Change    Climate-related impacts are occurring across regions of the country and across many sectors of our economy. Many state and local governments are already preparing for the impacts of climate change through "adaptation," which is planning for the changes that are expected to occur.  Explore the impacts of climate change and adaptation efforts by region or by sector on EPA's website.  Read more…

 

Mapping Vulnerability and Conservation Adaptation Strategies Under Climate Change     The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) recently hired researchers to establish a map that may provide areas of the world that are the most impacted by global climate change.  Read more…

 

Coastal Adaptation With Ecological Engineering      Multiple climate-induced stressors, including rising sea levels, storms, and erosion, threaten coastal areas, so adaptation must address more than a single hazard. Based on this premise, authors of a recent study in Nature Climate Change argue that ecological engineering must take into account multiple future scenarios, unexpected and unpredictable changes, and unforeseen consequences to a chosen strategy. Read more…

 

Advancing Adaptation in the City of Chicago: Climate Considerations for Management of Natural Areas     This guide focuses on adaptation, with the aim of helping resource managers in the Chicago Wilderness region jump-start the process of updating approaches to management to better incorporate, and reduce the rate of, climate change. Read more…

 

EPA Releases Report on Importance of Water to Economy    EPA has released a report on the Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy.  This report is intended to help raise the awareness of water's importance to our national economic welfare and to summarize information that public and private decision-makers can use to better manage the nation's water resources.  Read more… 

 

NOAA and Sea Grant Release Report on Cost-Efficient Climate Adaptation Best Practices in North Atlantic Communities     The report looks at community-level coastal flood management and climate change adaptation from Virginia to Maine.  The authors identified low-cost, innovative ways that coastal communities are addressing climate change and related coastal hazard management best practices at the local level.  Read more…

 

Columbia University's Center for Climate Change Law Publishes Handbook on Legal Tools to Limit Risks of Climate Change for Coastal Communities    "Managed Coastal Retreat: A Legal Handbook on Shifting Development Away from Vulnerable Areas," examines the legal tools available to state and local governments to discourage or prevent development or redevelopment along risky coasts and other areas susceptible to natural hazards.  Read more… 

 

American Meteorological Society Journal Releases Study on Climate Change Sensitivity Assessment and Adaptation Planning for Public Water Supply     A new study in the journal Earth Interactions, assesses climate change risk to municipal water supplies.  Read more…

 

 

 

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The NOAA Coastal Storms Program and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Networkis pleased to announce the release of the 2014-2016 NOAA Great Lakes Coastal Storms Program RFP. Approximately $1,000,000 is available for projects during FY 2014-2016.  Collaborative proposals that promote partnerships and interdisciplinary solutions to address a wide range of coastal hazard challenges faced by communities are important considerations for the CSP funding. Preproposals will be due by 5:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, 18 December 2013. Read more...

 

 

Improving the science foundation for bird conservation - Joint Venture flex-fund request for proposals (RFP)      The goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Joint Venture (JV) Office is to assist partners in implementing effective science-based bird conservation projects in the Prairie Pothole (PPJV) and Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes (UMRGLJV) Joint Venture regions.  Each JV has an Implementation Plan and conservation strategies identifying bird habitat, monitoring, and research needs with an emphasis on JV focal species. Deadline: January 3, 2014.  Read more…