NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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Archived webinars from the NE CSC fall webinar series, "Extreme events and climate change: Adapting to an uncertain future"      Check out the archived recordings from webinars that you may have missed this fall.  We had a great lineup of speakers, including Andrew Revkin of the DotEarth Blog (NY Times), Raymond Bradley from UMass Amherst, Erika Svendsen from the New York City US Forest Service field station, Michael Runge from USGS, and researchers from the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments (GLISA).  Peruse these and other archived webinars and stay tuned for the details of our spring series!  Read more...

 

New publication: Effects of sea-level rise on barrier island groundwater system dynamics - ecohydrological implications     This new paper, supported in part by the NE CSC, examines the impacts of SLR on groundwater and vegetation on barrier islands, demonstrating the interdependence of groundwater response to island morphology.  The authors state, "This interdependence can have a profound effect on ecosystem composition in these fragile coastal landscapes under long-term changing climatic conditions."  Read more…

 

New publication: Effects of temperature on nest predation by mammals, birds, and snakes    Nest predation can be the largest source of mortality for many bird populations, and nest predation is great enough in many landscapes to limit population or cause population declines. The results of this study demonstrate warming climate may affect species through complex community level interactions, and productivity of some birds could be most affected by climate warming in the landscapes where they currently have the greatest productivity.  Read more...

 

Fellows present at AGU!     Several of our NE CSC Fellows are traveling to San Francisco this week to participate in the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.  There will be a variety of NE CSC presentations on climate modeling, ecosystems, and natural resources across the Northeast region.  Read more…

 

Student creates website about the NE CSC    UMass Amherst Journalism major, Despina Durand, featured the Northeast Climate Science Center community for a multimedia project this semester.  The project is contained on a website called, "Facing the Future", and includes two video interviews with Federal Directory, Mary Ratnaswamy and NE CSC Graduate Fellow, Dan Miller.  Read more…

 

 

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Socioeconomics and Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region      University of Michigan's Graham Sustainaibility Institute, in partnership with the Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities, has developed an interactive map that shows the impacts of climate change on the social and economic characteristics, including on the economy, infrastructure, and vulnerable populations.  Check it out!

 

 

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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

 

Wednesday, January 8, 1:00 pm CT

The Drought Impacts Webinar Series presents, 

"Citizen Science Observation Networks"

Kirsten Lackstrom, CISA

To register, visit: http://drought.unl.edu/AboutUs/CurrentResearch/EngagingPreparednessCommunities/DroughtImpactsWebinarSeries.aspx

 

Thursday, January 16, 1 pm – 2 pm ET

NOAA Climate Program Office - Climate Information for Managing Risks in Water Resources Webinar Series presents, 

"Decision making into local/regional planning"

Latham Stack (Syntectic International), Michael Simpson (Antioch University – New England), Vikram Mehta (Center for Research on the Changing Earth System)

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

 

 

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Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big River LCC News- What is the mission of the ETPBR LCC? Why should I get involved? What is the LCC up to lately?  Read more…

 

Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC News- GCPO Steering Committee Votes Unanimously on Portfolio of Science Projects.  Read more...

GCPO Region hosts 4 of the world’s most irreplaceable protected areas, many in the Southeast US.  Read more…

Nitrate in the Mississippi River and Its Tributaries, 1980–2010: An Update.  Read more…

 

North Atlantic LCC News- NWF releases 3 new reports on Safeguarding Wildlife in an Era of Climate Change.  Read more…

New Report Reveals Continuing Coastal Wetlands Losses in U.S.  Read more…

 

Appalachian LCC News- The Nature Conservancy Releases Country-Level Temperature and Precipitation Data for Climate Resilience and Adaptation Planning.  Read more…

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy Establish New National Agreement for More Controlled Burning.  Read more...

 

 

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Interagency Forum on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations     (Next: Jan 6th) NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers co-host an informal forum on climate change impacts and adaptations.  This forum, which is attended by numerous agencies, provides a venue for presentations and discussions on issues, common across agencies, relating to the impacts of climate change on agency resources and operations, and adaptations of agency activities, facilities or lands to respond to these impacts.  Join in person or by phone.  Read more...

 

Climate Change Faculty Development Workshop    UMass Lowell, January 15-16, 2014.  This workshop will focus on interactive, cross-disciplinary climate change education tools and will be presented by faculty from the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and members of Climate Interactive, an organization at the forefront of creating decision-support simulations around climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy. Read more...

 

Building Climate Solutions - 14th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment. Organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment. January 28-30, 2014. Washington D.C. Read more…   

 

Online Training: Decision Analysis for Climate Change    Jan 20 - Mar 10, 2014  USFWS, National Conservation Training Center.  Natural resource managers are increasingly tasked with understanding climate change impacts and using this knowledge in making decisions. Yet the uncertainty inherent in evaluating climate impacts often impedes action. This online course provides participants with skills to address climate change impacts in making decisions about natural resource management.  Read more…

 

Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices workshops     Two upcoming workshops offer hands-on training to help natural resource managers incorporate climate change into their own forest management projects.  Missouri Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices. February 4-5, 2014. Osage Beach, MO. More details…   Michigan Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices. February 4-6, 2014. Sault Ste. Marie, MI. More details…  

 

Meeting: American Meteorological Society 94th Annual Meeting     February 2-6, Atlanta, GA. Theme: Extreme Weather-Climate and the Built Environment: New Perspectives Opportunities, and Tools.  Read more...

 

Training: Earth to Sky VI: Communicating Climate Change     February 24-28, Shepherdstown, WV. Offered by National Conservation Training Center. When treasured landscapes change, visitors ask, "Why?" When the answer includes climate change, educators, interpreters and others face many communication challenges. Read more...

 

 

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In New Jersey Pines, Trouble Arrives on Six Legs     In an infestation that scientists say is almost certainly a consequence of global warming, the southern pine beetle is spreading through New Jersey’s famous Pinelands. Read more…

 

Feds Reach Out to Natives on Climate Change at Tribal Nations Conference    Building on the participation of tribes announced in President Barack Obama's recent executive order laying out a plan to deal with climate change, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) announced that it too would partner with the administration.  Read more…

 

EPA and New England Leaders Convene to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Challenges    Answering the challenge presented in President Obama's Climate Action Plan, EPA is spearheading a regional response to identify and launch actions to help New England communities become more resilient to the effects of climate change.   Read more…

 

CAKE Case Study:  Coastal Maine and New Hampshire Analyze Impacts of Climate Change with New Tool      In Hampton and Seabrook, New Hampshire and Portland, Maine, climate change adaptation processes are underway, but stand to be greatly enhanced by their use of the Coastal Adaptation to Sea Level Rise Tool (COAST). The primary objective of the COAST project is to provide support for climate change adaptation planning processes in the cities, by providing visual, numeric, narrative, and presentation-based products based on the COAST decision-support tool.  Read more...

 

“Riverwalk” Helps Demystify Flood Damage from Hurricane Irene    One key element of flood management is an understanding of “fluvial geomorphology,” or how the form of the river is affected by the force and volume of the water it carries, but, Eve Vogel says, "It's absolutely crucial that people understand it in the context of ecology, human use, human policies and institutions, and flood hazards." Read more...

 

NIACS Featured Project: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community launches sugar maple adaptation project    Sugar maple is a important species for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), both economically and culturally. KBIC is pursuing a climate change adaptation project to demonstrate a proactive approach to maintain sugar maple within the reservation landscape. Read more…

 

EPA and Federal Partners Announce National Drought Resilience Partnership    The Obama Administration has launched a National Drought Resilience Partnership.  The Partnership aims to align federal drought policies across the government and help communities manage the impact of drought by linking information (monitoring, forecasts, outlooks, and early warnings) with drought preparedness and long-term resilience strategies in critical sectors such as agriculture, municipal water systems, energy, recreation, tourism and transportation. Read more…

 

NCAnet Launches New Affinity Group: Adaptation and Mitigation Nexus (AMNex)    Until recently, mitigation and adaptation have been considered separately in both science and policy. This conceptual divide could hinder progress in overcoming the fundamental sustainable development challenges presented by climate change. Can an integrated approach of adaptation and mitigation solutions create a more resilient nation? NCAnet launched AMNex, a new affinity group on the nexus of adaptation and mitigation, to bring organizations together to explore the co-benefits of and interface between the two measures.  Read more…

 

Cornell launches website on climate change    Cornell University announced a one-stop online site (climatechange.cornell.edu) for farmers, gardeners, students and others seeking the latest information on climate change.  Read more…

 

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Releases Report on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Actions that Limit its Progress    The Great Lakes face significant stresses--such as toxic pollution--that have caused ecological and economic damage to the region.  Approximately $1.3 billion has been appropriated to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), created in 2010.  An interagency Task Force of 11 federal agencies, chaired by the EPA Administrator, oversees the GLRI.  In 2010, the Task Force issued an Action Plan to develop a comprehensive approach to restoring the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem.  Read more… 

 

Changes in World's Forests Portrayed in High Definition     Landsat satellite data used to inventory 21st century forest dynamics around the globe. A new study based on Earth-observing satellite data comprehensively describes changes in the world's forests from the beginning of this century. Read more…

 

 

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What are Future Climate Projections for Precipitation and Temperature for Your County?     For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21st century for the continental U.S. are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.  Read more…

 

A Changing Climate for Endangered Species     Scientists are working to ensure that the Endangered Species Act remains effective in the face of a changing climate. A special section in the latest issue of Conservation Biology highlights their progress.  Read more or View special issue

 

Communities of Southern Chesapeake Bay Find Sea Level Rise Heightened by Sinking Land    A new USGS report released today concludes that intensive groundwater withdrawals are a major cause of the sinking land, or 'land subsidence', that contributes to flooding risks in the region. Read more...

 

Coastal flooding by tropical cyclones and sea-level rise    A new paper in Nature explores past, present and future of coastal flooding from tropical cyclones.  Jon Woodruff and authors state, "Society must learn to live with a rapidly evolving shoreline that is increasingly prone to flooding from tropical cyclones. These impacts can be mitigated partly with adaptive strategies, which include careful stewardship of sediments and reductions in human-induced land subsidence."  Read more…

 

EPA Releases Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool    This tool (WMOST) is an EPA, public-domain software application designed to facilitate integrated water resources management.  The tool allows water resources managers and planners to screen a wide range of practices for cost-effectiveness in achieving watershed or water utilities management goals, such as meeting projected water demand and minimum and maximum in-stream flow targets.  Read more… 

 

Imperiled Mussels May be Further Harmed by Climate Change    Rising water temperatures as a result of climate change may harm already endangered or threatened native freshwater mussels in North America, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.  Read more...

 

A Contemporary Carbon Balance for the Northeast Region of the United States    This new paper in Environmental Science and Technology estimates the regional carbon balance for the Northeast United States between 2001 and 2005.  Authors state, "Actions that reduce fossil fuel CO2 emissions are key to improving the region’s carbon balance. Careful management of forested lands will be required to protect their role as a net carbon sink and a provider of important ecosystem services such as water purification, erosion control, wildlife habitat and diversity, and scenic landscapes."  Read more…

 

Midwestern Regional Climate Center Launches Enhanced Online Climate Data System    In early October, the MRCC launched a new online climate data system where users can obtain a myriad of weather and climate data on various time (hourly, daily, monthly, seasonal, annual) and spatial (individual station, climate division, state) scales. The best part is that all of the climate data and value-added information is available free of charge.  Read more…

 

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Annual Report for 2012    The inaugural edition of the NCCWSC and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs) annual report is now available through the USGS Publications Warehouse. Read more...

 

Scientists Call for Development of Climate Adaptation Science    An article published in the journal Science urged the development of climate adaptation science and preparedness research to help manage the risks of climate change. “Adapting to an evolving climate is going to be required in every sector of society, in every region of the globe. We need to get going, to provide integrated science if we are going to meet the challenge,” says Richard Moss, lead author.  Read more...

 

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Georgetown Climate Center (GCC) Seeking Applications from Government Entities (and NGOs Working with Government Entities) to Provide In-Kind Legal and Policy Support for State and Local Adaptation Projects     The GCC, a non-partisan center at Georgetown University Law Center, is seeking applications to provide in-kind legal and policy support for state and local adaptation projects.  Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 3, 2014.  Read more…

 

Community Forest and Open Space Program     The Community Forest Program is a grant program that authorizes the Forest Service to provide financial assistance to establish community forests that provide continuing and accessible community benefits. Deadline: Jan 15, 2014.  Read more...

 

WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2014     The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to invite States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with the Bureau of Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently. Deadline: Jan 23, 2014.  Read more…

 

Funding available for environmental research and development    The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Climate Change program area. Deadline: Jan 9, 2014.  Read more...