NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, August 15, 2013

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center 

 

 

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NE CSC 2012 Annual Report now available    The Northeast Climate Science Center recently produced its 2012 Annual Report, the first since the CSC was established in March 2012.  The document details the research capacity of the NE CSC Consortium, highlights several projects and research areas, and sets out the Priority Science Themes established through stakeholder feedback during the CSC's first year of operation.  During a year of unprecedented climate impacts to the natural resources of the Northeast region, the NE CSC assembled a leadership team to guide the enterprise in expanding its stakeholder base and delivering high quality science.  The first steps of the CSC included completing a Draft Strategic Science Agenda, establishing a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, hosting 2 Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning Meetings, funding $550,000 in stakeholder-driven climate research, and training the first 15 Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows in stakeholder-driven climate science techniques.   Please take a look at the Annual Report and learn more about the people and the research behind NE CSC activities accomplished in 2012!  View the Annual Report...

 

LCC/NE CSC Science Coordination Call  On August 8th, the NE CSC hosted the first Monthly LCC-CSC Coordination Call. The purpose of this call was to have an open discussion on joint CSC-LCC science priorities, and the potential role of the NE CSC in pairing the expertise of our Consortium members and institutions with the LCCs to address outstanding science questions.  Read more...

 

UMGL LCC Forest Focal Area Work Group     Consortium member, Tony D'Amato from University of Minnesota was appointed to Upper Midwest and Great Lakes (UMGL) LCC Forest Focal Area Work Group.  D'Amato participated in work group call on July 24 to discuss strategies for linking forest conservation efforts throughout region with ongoing, related work being led by UMGL LCC and Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.  

 

MBL hosts MA Senator Warren for a discussion on sea level rise and nitrogen pollution   NE CSC Consortium Institution, Marine Biological Laboratory hosted Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday August 2nd.  She toured the Ecosystems Center, where Center Director Chris Neill and Distinguished Scientist Jerry Melillo briefed her on environmental and global change research. Read more...

 

Adaptation strategies for Chippewa National Forest     Tony D'Amato (UMN) co-lead a tour of the Chippewa National Forest on July 10 examining adaptation strategies for addressing climate change and disturbance effects on lowland hardwood and upland pine ecosystems on the National Forest.  Tour participants included leadership and field staff for the Chippewa National Forest, as well as region 9 silviculturist, Carrie Sweeney.

 

 

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Tuesday, August 20, 12:00-1:00pm PT

California LCC presents,

Determining Landscape Connectivity and Climate Change Refugia Across the Sierra Nevada

Toni Lyn Morelli, Program Manager, NE CSC 

Sean Maher, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley.

This project used species distribution modeling, population genetics, and geospatial analysis of historical vs. modern vertebrate populations to identify climate change refugia and population connectivity across the Sierra Nevada. This work will help managers assess the need to include connectivity and refugia in climate change adaptation strategies.   

To join this webinar, visit: http://californialcc.org/events/webinar-determining-landscape-connectivity-and-climate-change-refugia-across-sierra-nevada

 

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013, 1-2 pm ET

USFS Landscape Science Webinar series presents,

Mapping tropical forest type, age, disturbance type and vertical structure, and estimating young forest productivity, with Landsat imagery.

Eileen Helmer - Research Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service International Institute for Tropical Forestry

To join this meeting, visit:  https://www304.livemeeting.com/cc/usda/webJoin?id=W45FKD&pw=b_6dSW%40.p&role=attend

 

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 1:15 PM to 2:45 PM ET  

Security and Sustainability Forum presents, 

Empowering Communities to Find Resilient Solutions

Lucy Moore, Environmental Mediator

To join this webinar, visit: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/909593905

 

Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013, 1-2 pm ET

USFS Landscape Science Webinar series presents,

Climate change, crowd-sourcing, and building the social networks needed for effective landscape conservation of native trouts.

Daniel Isaak - Research Ecologist, Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station

To join this webinar, visit: https://www304.livemeeting.com/cc/usda/webJoin?id=JPZB7P&pw=b_6dSW%40.p&role=attend

 

 

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NCTC Course: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment    September 10-12, 2013 at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, Maine.      This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Specifically, it will provide guidance in identifying which species or habitats are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable. Vulnerability Assessments are a critical tool in undertaking any climate change planning or implementation.  The target audience includes conservation practitioners from Federal and State fish and wildlife agencies and other conservation managers who work on natural resource issues and need to determine which resources are most vulnerable when setting priorities for conservation action.  Read more...

 

9/21/1938- A Day New England will never forget- 9/21/2013- A Day to Commemorate    Blue Hill Observatory is very proud to host New England’s commemorative event for the 75th Anniversary of the the historic 1938 Hurricane. Read more…

 

Adaptive Management in the Face of Climate Change. October 28, Cloquet, MN.    This one-day workshop is designed to educate participants on climate change adaptation and forest managment applications. The event will feature a field tour to several sites in northeastern Minnesota. Read more…

 

 

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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Report for high priority wildlife species in west Tennessee - Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC     Amphibians and mollusks in western Tennessee will likely be hardest hit by future climate change, at least that is the preliminary conclusion of an analysis underway by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Read more…

 

New LCC National Network Coordinator Selected    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has selected a new national coordinator for the Landscape Conservation Cooperative network. Dr. Elsa Haubold replaces Dr. Doug Austen, who served as national coordinator for 3 years. Elsa comes to the network with 12 years experience working on wildlife diversity and endangered species issues at the state, regional, and national level with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Read more…

 

Thinking Bigger - North Atlantic LCC    When it comes to conservation of land and wildlife, the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge is unique among its counterparts. So much so, that it has become a model for landscape conservation within the National Refuge System. Read more…

 

Native Plants Boost Conservation Benefits, Strengthen Wildlife Populations - Appalachian LCC    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is working with private landowners to promote native plants on their land for conservation plantings such as in field borders, buffers and other planted areas.  Read more…

 

 

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DOI, HUD, NYC, and NPS Announce Establishment of Science & Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay    Underscores Administration’s Commitment to Help Communities Prepare for Effects of Climate Change; Builds on National Park Service, City of New York Agreement. Read more…

 

2001-2010, A Decade of Climate Extremes    The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature records were reported broken than in any previous decade, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization. Read more…

 

Timing a Rise in Sea Level     Thirty-five years ago, a scientist named John H. Mercer issued a warning. By then it was already becoming clear that human emissions would warm the earth, and Dr. Mercer had begun thinking deeply about the consequences.  Read more…

 

NCAI Statement on Obama Administration Plan on Climate Change    The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) released a statement about President Obama's climate change plan from the organization's national Mid Year Conference in Reno, Nevada.  Read more…

 

Violence, War Linked to Temperature Increases    On August 1, new research from Princeton University and University of California, Berkeley confirmed a link between significant shifts in climate and precipitation, and a rise in violence and institutional breakdown. Read more…

 

 

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NOAA report highlights climate change threats to nation’s estuaries    The nation’s 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR) are experiencing the negative effects of human and climate-related stressors according to a new NOAA research report from the National Ocean Service. Read more…

 

U-Michigan and Headwaters Economics launch interactive map to support climate change adaptation planning in Great Lakes region    A jointly developed interactive map launched this month by the University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute and Headwaters Economics gives Great Lakes policymakers and decision-makers easy access to targeted data to help them plan for, and adapt to, the regional impacts of climate change.  Read more…

 

Clearing the air: incorporating air quality and environmental justice into climate policy    This paper presents evidence on intersectoral, intrasectoral and spatial variations in co-pollutant intensity of industrial point sources in the United States, and discusses options for integrating co-benefits into climate policy design to advance efficiency and equity. Read more…

 

New Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Michigan Wildlife    The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Division recently released a new report, Changing Climate, Changing Wildlife that examines the climate change vulnerability of over 400 species in Michigan. Read more…

 

CAKE Case Study: Sustaining Lakes in a Changing Environment (SLICE): A Long-term Monitoring and Evaluation Program   SLICE is the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Section of Fisheries' long-term monitoring program. Information on water chemistry, fisheries, habitat, and other biological and chemical indicators is being gathered to assist in the development of management approaches that include a better understanding of how the state's aquatic ecosystems respond to a variety of stressors. Read more...

 

CAKE Tool Highlight: Getting to Resilience: A Community Planning Evaluation Tool   This online self-assessment process is a tool to assist communities to reduce vulnerability and increase preparedness by linking planning, mitigation, and adaptation.  Read more…

 

Climate Change Forcing Marine Life Towards the Poles     A recent study in Nature measured the impacts of global warming on ocean life. The comprehensive study examined species across the food chain, ranging from plankton and plants to fish, seals, and seabirds in seven countries. Scientists found that marine species are altering breeding, feeding, and migration patterns as oceans warm. Some species move up to seven kilometers per year towards the poles in search of cooler water. Read more...

 

 

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Call for Proposals - Fisheries and the Environment Program (FATE), NOAA Fisheries Service    FATE is seeking proposals that analyze the response of living marine resources to environmental variability and change.  FATE projects advance ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management and typically lead to or include development of oceanographic and ecological information useful to ecosystem assessments, ecosystem status reports, or fishery stock assessments.  Read more...