NE CSC Newsletter

Monday, January 13, 2014

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center

Newly funded Wildlife and Climate Studies for the NE CSC!!     Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced recently that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center is awarding just over $800,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.  The six funded studies focus on how climate change will affect natural resources in the northeastern U.S. and management actions that can be taken to help offset such change.  Projects include studies of stream habitat, forest ecosystems, priority bird and fish species, and the impacts of coastal flooding.     Read more…

 

New NE CSC projects:

•                A Decision Support Mapper for Conserving Stream Fish Habitats of the Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) Region                       

•                Changes in Forested Landscapes of the Northeastern U.S. Under Alternative Climate Scenarios           

•                Fitting the Climate Lens to Grassland Bird Conservation: Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability using Demographically-Informed Species Distribution Models           

•                Making Decisions in Complex Landscapes: Headwater Stream Management Across Multiple Agencies           

•                Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Spruce-Fir Forest Ecosystems and Associated Priority Bird Populations           

•                NorEaST – Stream Temperature Web Portal Demonstration and Application           

•                Understanding Conservation Management Decisions in the Face of Sea-Level Rise along the U.S. Atlantic Coast

•                Tribal Engagement with the College of Menominee Nation

 

Interior Announces Funding for New Scientific Studies as Part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan     WASHINGTON, DC—Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s eight regional Climate Science Centers are awarding nearly $7 million to universities and other partners for research as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, move our economy toward clean energy sources and begin to prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change. Read more...

 

New publication: Effects of forest thinning on drought vulnerability and climate response    This new paper, supported in part by the NE CSC, examines the effectiveness of forest thinning treatments at reducing the impacts of drought events on red pine forest ecosystems in the upper Great Lakes region.  This work is part of a larger collaborative project between University of Minnesota, USFS Northern and Rocky Mountain Research Stations, USGS, and University of Maine examining the impact of past drought events on the growth and dynamics of forest ecosystems across the southwest, Lake States, and New England.  Extensive dendrochronological data are being coupled with long-term measurements from USFS Experimental Forests across these regions to identify adaptation approaches that may be able to sustain ecosystem productivity during future drought events.

 

Grassland Bird Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Meeting    On Dec 4-5, a group of NE CSC-funded scientists met with managers involved in grassland bird conservation to begin to build a demographic database for a select group of grassland bird species.  Read more… 

 

 

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Skeptical Science     Happy New Year everyone!  Having been around my family over the holidays, I was reminded that confidently discussing the science of climate change in the face of skepticism can be a challenge.  As a new year's resolution, perhaps you might consider preparing for that next combative relative, or genuinely confused citizen, by checking out the great resources available at http://www.skepticalscience.com/

In any case, wishing you a bright and contented 2014!  Toni Lyn Morelli, NE CSC Program Manager

 

 

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Tuesday, January 14, 1:00 pm ET

Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network presents,

Coastal Resilience 2.0 

Zach Ferdaña and Nicole Love, The Nature Conservancy

To register, visit: http://www.ebmtools.org/tools_training/presentations.html

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 1:00 pm ET

Climate Information for Managing Risks in Water Resources webinar series presents,

Decision Making Into Local/Regional Planning

Latham Stack, Syntectic International and Michael Simpson, Antioch University – New England - Uncertainty in Stormwater Adaptation: Findings from Four Studies

Vikram Mehta, Center for Research on the Changing Earth System - Interannual to Decadal Climate Variability Information for Risk Assessment, Urban Water Policy, and Decision Support

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2398992890309387521

 

Thursday, January 16 - 1:00 PM ET

OSU Changing Climate Webinar Series presents, 

Movement of Climate Change Knowledge Through Social Networks

Dr. Kenneth A. Frank, Michigan State University

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

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 3:30 pm ET

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center presents, 

The USA National Phenology Network: Informing Science, Conservation and Resource Management

Jake Weltzin, U.S. Geological Survey; USA National Phenology Network

To join, visit: https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/289

 

 

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Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

An Update on the GCPO LCC Land Cover Database  The goal of this project is to provide a complete and consistent land cover classification and mapping using common ecological systems…

GCPO Region hosts 4 of the world’s most irreplaceable protected areas, many in the Southeast US     Resulting from an international collaboration, this analysis provides practical advice for improving the effectiveness of protected areas in conserving global biodiversity… 

 

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

For the Birds: Migratory Bird Stopover Sites are Important for Economic and Ecological Diversity in the Great Lakes     The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC, recently launched the Great Lakes Migratory Bird Stopover Portal…

 

Appalachian LCC News

Longleaf Pine Restoration Cost Share Applications Available to Landowners     This program is focused on longleaf pine ecosystem restoration for the benefit of wildlife species in greatest conservation need. 

Event Convenes Kentucky Conservationists and Waterways Transportation Industry     The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky presented Ingram Barge Company with an award recognizing their continued support for improving the health of the lands and waters of the Mississippi River.

NYSDEC: Partnerships Now Span the State to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species     "By partnering with non-profits, universities and consultants, New York is establishing one of the nation's most comprehensive approaches to invasive species management." - Commissioner Martens, NYSDEC

Conservation easement protects Randolph County 'land bridge'    The easement will provide a habitat connection between some of the wildest lands in the Monongahela National Forest.

 

North Atlantic LCC News

Climate Change Threatens North America's Freshwater Mussels     New research overseen by the USGS shows that juvenile mussels have difficulty surviving in higher water temperatures that may happen more frequently in North America's rivers and lakes as the planet warms. 

 

 

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Conference: Water, Food, Climate and Energy - March 3-7, 2014     The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators will host the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference to examine the thoughts and actions related to a nexus approach. Jonas Monast, director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will be among the speakers.  Read more…

 

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. To help meet this challenge, Earth to Sky VI will draw upon the expertise of NASA, FWS, NPS and others to present accurate, up-to-date science and effective communication techniques. Read more…

 

Michigan Forest Adaptation Planning and Practices (FAPP)     February 4-6, Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Offered by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the Forest Service. FAPP is an active, hands-on training to help natural resource managers incorporate climate change considerations into their own real-world forest management projects. The training uses information and tools developed through the Climate Change Response Framework, including Forest Adaptation Resources. Read more...

 

Conference: Building Climate Solutions     January 28-30, Washington, DC. The release of the IPCC report on September 27th highlights critical issues to be addressed at the Conference. The conference will be organized around two areas: [1] The Built Environment; and, [2] Agriculture and Natural Resources.  Read more…

 

Online Training: Decision Analysis for Climate Change    January 20-March 10. Offered by the 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...

 

 

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2013 GLISA Climate Change Symposium, "The Role of Boundary Organizations in Adaptation to Climate in the Great Lakes Region"      GLISA is a hub of a network of boundary organizations, connecting practitioners and scientists to create climate resilience in the region.  All of the lectures and presentations are available for viewing.  Read more…

 

Before the Storm: Empowering communities to plan for climate change    As the potential consequences of climate change continue to grow and impact populations around the globe—from increasingly frequent storms to rising sea levels and a rash of severe weather that has become the new norm—UMass Amherst regional planner Elisabeth Hamin is working with communities in the region and beyond to incorporate resiliency frameworks into their budgets and prepare for extreme weather events.  Read more…

 

New Study Reveals Promise and Peril of Land-Use Decisions     A groundbreaking study released today by the Harvard Forest and the Smithsonian Institution reveals that, if left unchecked, recent trends in the loss of forests to development will undermine significant land conservation gains in Massachusetts, jeopardize water quality, and limit the natural landscape's ability to protect against climate change. Read more…

 

Scott Jackson, UMass Amherst Professor and NE CSC Affiliate Investigator, Named 2013 Conservationist of the Year     The award is given by The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts to recognize the efforts of conservation leaders in conserving the Bay State’s lands and waters. Read more…

 

The Entire IPCC Report in 19 Illustrated Haiku    A work of art that doubles as powerful talking points and a visual guide. What if we could communicate the essence of this important information in plain language and pictures? Well, that’s just what one Northwest oceanographer has done. Read more…

 

6 Tribes That Took Advantage of Amendment for FEMA Relief in 2013    This year, a change in the Stafford Act (Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 amendment) enabled tribes to apply directly to FEMA for emergency assistance. One of the first parts of this process begins when a tribal community is declared a federal disaster area by President Barack Obama. Before this year, tribes had to rely on the states to get the disaster declaration. Read more… 

 

Climate Change Hits Natives Hardest    Recently at the 2013 White House Tribal Leaders Conference, tribal leaders stood side-by-side with President Obama and 13 of his cabinet leaders, and raised climate change as a top priority of Native Nations. Tribes are on the front lines of climate change reality. Read more...

 

For Tribal Communities, Managing and Adapting to Change is Nothing New    Blog post by the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) about the Climate Change Adaptation Planning workshop that the Institute for tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) held at the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) annual meeting in October. Read more...

 

LCC Network Announces National Council Members     The LCC National Council, a new coalition of federal, state, international, tribal and non-governmental representatives, was created to provide national-level coordination and support for Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCC).  Read more...

 

 

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The Practitioner's Dilemma: How to Assess the Credibility of Downscaled Climate Projections    The practitioner’s dilemma used to be an overall lack of available downscaled climate projections. That’s no longer the case. Now, there are accessible high-resolution climate projections developed from differing downscaling methods. Today the dilemma is how to choose an appropriate, credible data set and use it effectively. Read more…

 

NOAA's Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook, Eastern Region    This release examines the past three-month period (September, October, and November) and documents temperature and precipitation departures from normal, the U.S. drought monitor, impacts recorded in the same three-month time period, and the last section looks forward to the December, January, and February time period.  Read more...

 

Using Scenarios to Explore Climate Change: A Handbook for Practitioners    Developed under the National Park Service Climate Change Response Strategy, this guide is part of an interdisciplinary, cross-cutting approach to addressing climate change. The overall program supports National Park Service efforts to understand climate science in national parks and surrounding areas and to adapt to a changing climate to promote the resiliency of our cultural and natural heritage. Read more…

 

New Book - Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change:  Anticipating Surprises     Climate is changing, forced out of the range of the past million years by levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases not seen in the Earth's atmosphere for a very, very long time. Lacking action by the world's nations, it is clear that the planet will be warmer, sea level will rise, and patterns of rainfall will change. But the future is also partly uncertain -- there is considerable uncertainty about how we will arrive at that different climate. Read more…

 

EPA's Climate Ready Estuaries Program, the State of Connecticut, and ICLEI Release Connecticut Adaptation Resource Toolkit (CART)    CART was developed to help local government staff have instant access to climate change adaptation resources.  CART is a one-stop shopping website for ideas and methods on local climate change adaptation planning and action.  The need for CART was identified through a prior EPA-funded CT DEEP and ICLEI collaborative project that involved working with Groton, Connecticut on a model adaptation planning process.  Read more...

 

EPA and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Release Guide: "Using Smart Growth Strategies to Create More Resilient Communities in the Washington, D.C., Region"    A guide from EPA's Smart Growth Program and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments gives local governments in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area policy options to consider when preparing for climate risks while also meeting other environmental, economic, and social goals.  Read more...

 

Columbia University's Center for Climate Change Law Publishes Report on State by State Hazard Mitigation Plans and Climate Change      The results of the survey indicate that coastal states are more likely to include a discussion of climate change, possibly due in part to recent emphasis on and awareness of the relationship between climate change and sea level rise, coastal storms, and related hazards.  The relative lack of discussion of climate change in land-locked states may point to a need for greater communication of how risks such as drought, floods, heat events, and non-coastal storms are affected by climate change.  Read more…

 

City of Boston Releases New Report on Municipal Climate Preparedness    The City of Boston has recently released the report, "Climate Ready Boston: Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change," which identifies ways in which Boston has and will prepare for the impacts of climate change on municipal operations.  Read more...

 

 

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Coastal SEES (Coastal SEES)     Coastal SEES is focused on the sustainability of coastal systems.  For this solicitation we define coastal systems as the swath of land closely connected to the sea, including barrier islands, wetlands, mudflats, beaches, estuaries, cities, towns, recreational areas, and maritime facilities; the continental seas and shelves; and the overlying atmosphere. (Deadline: January 21, 2014).  Read more…

 

NEAFWA   The Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants under the 2014 Northeast Regional Conservation Needs Grant Program. (Deadline: March 1, 2014)  Read more…