NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center

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New Webinar Series, "Extreme Events and Climate Change: Adapting to an uncertain future"      In the Northeast region, extreme events are a critical concern for managers in charge of safeguarding important resources.  As part of this series, speakers from various backgrounds and expertise will speak to impacts, priorities, tools, and considerations in building adaptive capacity to climate change and extreme events.  To begin, we are honored to host journalist Andrew Revkin, who has covered science and the environment for 30 years in newspapers, magazines, books, documentaries and his New York Times blog, Dot Earth, winning the country's top science journalism awards multiple times.  Please join us for our fall semester webinars, listed below or Read more...

•                Monday, September 23, 3:30 pm ET -  The New Communication Climate: Exploring how fast-evolving information pathways and platforms can limit losses where people live in harm's way, Andrew Revkin, The New York Times     (Or join us live at ELab II, Room 119, UMass Amherst Campus)

•                Wednesday, October 9, 3:30 pm ET - Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty, Maria Janowiak, NIACS

•                Wednesday, October 23, 3:30 pm ET  - Climate adaptation in the Great Lakes region: Application of networks of boundary organizations, Donald Scavia and Maria Carmen Lemos, GLISA

•                Wednesday, November 6, 3:30 pm ET  - The Great Outdoors: How communities use and value New York City's natural areas and open spaces in an era of climate change, Erika Svendsen, US Forest Service

•                Wednesday, November 20, 3:30 pm ET  - Conservation in the face of climate change: How can decision makers use the best available science in preparation for extreme events?, Michael Runge, USGS

•                Wednesday, December 4, 3:30 pm ET  - Paleo perspectives on climate extremes, Raymond Bradley, UMass Amherst

 

Wading through the science: New resource library now availble for natural resources managers relating water quality, agriculture and climate change science    Shifting temperature and precipitation trends coupled with changing agricultural practices have the potential to influence water quality across broad geographies, from America’s cornbelt to the farming communities of the Great Lakes.  Read more…

 

Experimental Forest Monitoring for Climate Change    A new collaborative project is capitalizing on Forest Service long-term silvicultural research to show how climate change adaptation can be integrated into silvicultural planning and actions.  The overall purpose of this study is to examine the capacity of forest management strategies, Read more…

 

Natural Resource Professionals use Hands-on Training to Tackle Climate Change Adaptation    The College of Menominee Nation (CMN), in partnership with the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), hosted a one-and-a-half day workshop on the CMN campus on August 20-21.  Forest and natural resource managers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service Northeastern Area, and multiple tribes participated in the Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices (FAPP) training.  Read more...

 

 

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Great Lakes Environmental Assessment and Mapping (GLEAM) Project     The GLEAM team builds new tools to integrate spatial information for environmental management decisions in the Great Lakes.  They aim to build maps to visualize and understand environmental impacts (or stressors) on the lakes and benefits humans enjoy from the lakes (or ecosystem services).  For example, a high resolution map of cumulative ecosystem stress was developed to guide restoration, conservation, and management efforts. This map merges data for all major categories of environmental stressors to the Great Lakes, ranging from climate change to pollution to invasive species.  Take a look! 

 

 

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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

 

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 3:30 PM ET

USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center presents, 

Bringing Order to Chaos: ScienceBase and Other Project Lifecycle Tools

Emily Fort, USGS

To register, visit:  https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/245

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 2:00 PM ET

National Conservation Training Center presents, 

Wetlands as sentinels and mitigators of climate change- NCTC Webinar

Dr. Judith Z. Drexler, California Water Science Center, USGS

To register, visit and enter title into search box:  https://doilearn.webex.com/mw0306lc/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=doilearn

 

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

 

Wednesday, September 18, 1-2 pm ET

EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities presents, 

Sustainability and Adaptation: An introduction to the CRWU initiative and climate change adaptation planning.

The recently updated CRWU Adaptation Strategies Guide highlights strategies for pursuing both adaptation and sustainability goals, specifically those related to green infrastructure and energy management. This webinar will provide an in depth look at the new sustainability information in the Guide and utility representatives will share their experience planning and implementing sustainable strategies.

To register, visit: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/e4k4d5f9zzg/event/registration.html

 

Thursday, September 19, 1 pm CDT

Midwest and Great Plains Drought and Climate Outlook Webinar presents, 

Discussion of the current drought impacts across portions of the area as well as outlooks for drought, precipitation and temperatures over the coming months.

To register, visit:  http://drought.gov/drought/content/regional-programs/regional-drought-webinars

 

Monday, September 23, 3:30 pm ET 

The Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

The New Communication Climate: Exploring how fast-evolving information pathways and platforms can limit losses where people live in harm's way

Andrew Revkin, The New York Times

To join, visit: https://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/new-communication-climate-exploring-how-fast-evolving-information-pathways-and-platforms-ca

Are you near Amherst, MA?  Join us live at Engineering Lab II, Room 119, UMass Amherst Campus

 

Wednesday, October 9, 1-2 pm ET

EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities presents, 

Scenario Planning to Support Decision Making

Many utilities are thinking critically about how to best manage water resources and utility assets when future conditions are uncertain. This session will introduce scenario planning, a method that allows a flexible approach to strategic long-term planning and highlight examples from utility representatives that have used scenario planning.

To register, visit: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/e4jeud3sxlf/event/registration.html

 

 

 

 

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NCTC - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments - September 9-10, Wells, ME.     Offered by the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. 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 systems are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable, including the interaction between climate shifts and existing stressors. Read more…

 

NCTC - Adaptive Management: Structured Decision Making for Recurrent Decisions, September 16-20. 2013     This course builds on the fundamental principles taught in “Introduction to Structured Decision Making” (ALC3171) by focusing on the important special case of recurrent decisions. Adaptive management is framed within the context of structured decision making, with an emphasis on uncertainty about responses to management actions and the value of reducing that uncertainty to improve management. Read more...

 

Adaptive Management in the Face of Climate Change     A one-day workshop designed to educate participants on climate change adaptation and forest managment applications. October 28, 2013, Cloquet, MN. Learn more here  For the remainder of the week, join the Cloquet Forestry Center for a national workshop on climate change for extension professionals. Read more...

 

ITEP Training: Climate Change Adaptation Planning, October 29-30, Cherokee, NC.    This two-day training is being offered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) at the USET annual meeting. This training will provide an introduction to the process of planning for climate change impacts, from getting started to impact and vulnerability assessment to developing adaptation strategies. Read more...

 

The Great Lakes Climate Symposium 2013 - November 4, 2013 at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor    Theme: Role of Boundary Organizations in Adaptation to Climate in the Great Lakes Region.  This symposium will highlight GLISA's support for boundary organizations. Boundary organizations bridge the divide between information producers (scientists) and information users (policy- and decision-makers). Read more…

 

American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting to be Held February 2-6, 2014 in Atlanta and to Focus on Extreme Weather-Climate and Built Environment     A major goal of the meeting is to push the envelope on new ideas, perspectives, and tools that can not only advance the field scientifically and technically, but also serve as a vital feedback circuit to the built environment with its increasingly interconnected energy, transportation, communications, water, food, safety, health, and economic infrastructure.  Read more…

 

Water, Climate, Food, and Energy Conference to be Held March 3-7, 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Abstracts Due September 27, 2013    Building on the Water, Food, and Energy Nexus Conference held in Bonn, Germany in 2011, this conference aims to address the connected, but distinct, relationships between water, food, climate, energy, security, sustainability, and development.  Read more…

 

 

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Identifies Critical Habitat for Diamond Darter - Appalachian LCC      The Service has identified 28 miles of occupied habitat in Kanawha and Clay counties, West Virginia, and to ensure its recovery, the Service has deemed 95 miles of unoccupied habitat in Edmonson, Hart and Green counties, Kentucky, as essential for the darter’s conservation. Read more…

 

Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas, webinar notes - North Atlantic LCC      A pdf of the webinar presentation, "Assessing priority amphibian and reptile conservation areas (PARCAs) in the NA-LCC and determining vulnerability of these areas to climate change" is available.  Read more... 

 

Partners in Flight Consortium Seeks Solutions to Migratory Bird Declines - Appalachian LCC     The pivotal August 25–28 meeting of the bird conservation partnership, Partners in Flight (PIF), looked at progress in the struggle to conserve critical habitats, launch new conservation efforts, and form new alliances to conserve birds throughout the Americas. Read more...

 

NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program seeking input - Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC      On August, 16, 2013, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced in the Federal Register the implementation of a new competitive research program, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring, and Technology Program.  Read more...

 

Project Highlight:  Native American Perspectives on Climate Change and the LCCs - Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks LCC     Over this past year, researchers at the University of Oklahoma have hosted workshops involving tribes in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Louisiana focused on beginning a climate change conversation among Indians, the South Central Climate Science Center and all the LCCs within the region.  Read more...

 

 

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EPA and Other Federal Agencies Partner on Climate Change in the Mid-Atlantic     The second meeting of the Federal Climate Partners of the Mid-Atlantic, including EPA Regions 2 and 3, was held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.  The group was formed in the beginning of 2013 to foster more regular information sharing, and improve coordination and collaboration across agencies.  Read more…

 

Maine Voices: Closed areas a boon as fish fight warming    Stocks in places that are shuttered to fishing tend to grow older and larger and are better able to withstand stress. Read more…

 

Apples losing their crunch to global warming     Analysing data gathered from 1970 to 2010 at two orchards in Japan, a research team said there was clear evidence that climate change was having an effect on apple taste and texture.  Read more…

 

Connecticut Insurance Companies Now Required by State to Complete Climate Risk Survey     Connecticut-based insurance companies have until August 30, 2013 to complete a Climate Risk Disclosure Survey under a new mandate issued by the State of Connecticut.  Read more… 

 

National Congress of American Indians Resolution    Adopting Guidance Principles to Address the Impacts of Climate Change, a resolution passed at the National Congress of American Indians 2013 Mid Year Conference in June 2013, Reno, NV.  Read more...

 

Snakes devour more mosquito-eating birds as climate change heats forest.    University of Missouri biologist John Faaborg explains that a rise in insect-borne diseases like West Nile Virus can be an indirect consequence of climate change.  Read more…

 

Bird’s eye view of the changing climate.    Birdwatchers have long anticipated the spring season with marked arrivals of migratory bird species. But as migration cycles adapt to warmer conditions, springtime birds are creating a new calendar. Read more…

 

 

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U.S. Geological Survey Moves to Create Climate Change Vulnerability Database    The database will collect and display information on climate change adaptation projects underway across the country and will pool from federal, state, local, and tribal governments.  Read more…

 

EPA and the U.S. Geological Survey Publish Report on Modeling Mercury Dynamics in Watersheds under Future Climate Change Scenarios     Future shifts in climatic conditions may impact watershed mercury dynamics and transport. EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory and the U.S. Geological Survey's Mercury in Stream Ecosystem Study have collaborated to develop a paper entitled "Climate change and watershed mercury export: A multiple projection and model analysis."  Read more…

 

Communities Must Consider Climate Change in Post-Sandy Rebuild    On August 19, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, led by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and authorized by a December 2012 Executive Order, released the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy. This 200-page report includes 69 policy recommendations that will impact how the region rebuilds from Hurricane Sandy as well as recommendations to improve the ability to withstand and recover from future flood-related disasters. Read more…

 

 

NOAA Releases Annual Global Climate Assessment: "State of the Climate 2012"     The annual "State of the Climate" report, released on August 6, 2013, provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other environmental data from the last calendar year.  Read more…

 

NOAA Coastal Services Center report:  What Will Adaptation Cost? An Economic Framework for Coastal Community Infrastructure    This report provides a framework that community leaders and planners can use to make more economically informed decisions about adapting to sea level rise and storm flooding. Read more...

 

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) Releases Report: "Weathering the Storm: Building Business Resilience to Climate Change"    A recent report by C2ES, formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, provides a detailed snapshot of the state of resilience planning among a cross-section of global companies.  Read more…

 

C2ES: Collection of Federal Adaptation Plans    In 2009, the Obama Administration convened the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, and the President signed Executive Order 13514, directing agencies to improve energy and water efficiency, better manage waste and pollution, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read more…

 

C2ES: Releases Map Showing Status of State and Local Adaptation Efforts across United States     Research shows that climate change is already increasing global temperatures, leading to rising sea levels and more frequent and intense extreme weather events.  These changes could affect coastlines, water supplies, human health, ecosystems, and more.  Read more…

 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Conducts North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study     This project, the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, will look at tidal flood risks and sea level rise vulnerability of coastal communities from Maine to Virginia.  The Study will include a coastal framework as well as storm suite modeling, coastal GIS analysis, and related evaluations for the affected coastlines.  Read more… 

 

Study Published in Nature Climate Change Journal on Future Flood Losses in Major Coastal Cities    Flood exposure is increasing in coastal cities due to growing populations and assets, the changing climate, and subsidence.  Read more…

 

CAKE Highlight:  Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts: A Bottom-Up Approach to Developing Climate Change Adaptation Strategies    WICCI was created to support the efforts of multiple stakeholders charged with identifying vulnerabilities to climate change and developing adaptation strategies. WICCI released an impacts and adaptation strategies assessment in 2011 as a first step toward developing a statewide climate change adaptation strategy.  Read more…

 

 

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Position Available - Interdisciplinary (Air and Water Program Manager) Ecologist or Physical Scientist     This is a natural resource management position located in the Natural Resources Branch, Division of Natural and Cultural Resources at Shenandoah National Park. The Air and Water Quality Program Manager engages in the study, inventory, monitoring, restoration, and management of air resources /air quality, associated ecological components such as water quality, fisheries, vegetation and wildlife impacts in addition to associated visibility components, and tropospheric ozone.  Read more...

 

NOAA Climate Program Office funding opportunity for FY 2014 now available     NOAA is accepting individual applications for nine competitions, organized around the Climate Program Office's Climate Observations and Monitoring; Earth System Science; Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections; and Climate and Societal Interactions Programs. Letters of intent are due September 10, 2013, and the deadline for final applications is November 14, 2013. Read more...

 

National Science Foundation Solicits Proposals for Water Sustainability and Climate Program     This solicitation from NSF seeks proposals to determine how our built water systems and our governance systems can be made more reliable, resilient, and sustainable to meet diverse needs. The application deadline for proposals is September 10, 2013.  Read more…  

 

Funding Opportunity: FY2014 Demonstration of a U.S. Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (Marine BON)    Proposals are invited for projects that demonstrate how an operational Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (Marine BON) could be developed for the nation by establishing one or more prototype networks in U.S. coastal waters, the Great Lakes, and the EEZ. Biological diversity, or biodiversity, is defined as the variety of life, encompassing variation at all levels of complexity – genetic, species, ecosystems, and biomes – and including functional diversity and diversity across ecosystems. Deadline: Dec 2, 2013.  Read more…