NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, February 20, 2014

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science Center

 

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Webinar: “Why Was Hurricane Sandy So Damaging? Sea-Level Rise and Geomorphic Dominance on Storm Impacts"  On Wednesday, February 26, at 3:30pm ET, Jonathan Woodruff of UMass Amherst will discuss how changes in storm climatology, relative sea level rise, and the form and behavior of shorelines have governed past changes in coastal flooding by storms in the northeast. A main point of the talk will be to highlight that rising sea level and associated shoreline change will likely become the two dominant drivers of increased periods of extreme coastal inundation, irrespective of changes in future storm climatology. To highlight this point he will present new observations of resulting sedimentation and shoreline impacts by Hurricane Sandy compared to past storm events.  Read more...

 

The NE CSC’s Strategic Science Agenda is now finalized and available!    This document defines the context for climate impacts in the NE CSC region, describes the anticipated role and interactions of the NE CSC among its partners and stakeholders during the first five years (2013-2018) of our tenure, and establishes the seven science priorities that the NE CSC will address through consortium and competitively funded research activities, as well as collaborations with regional partners. Read more…

 

NE CSC Post-doctoral Fellowship opportunity    One or more postdoctoral or more senior research positions in hydro-climatology, surface water hydrology, climate science, and evaluation of climate change impacts are available in the NE CSC at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  The selected researcher will join an active group of faculty, post-docs and graduate students and will be engaged in one or more broad areas, including the development of surface water hydrology models, applications and interpretations of global and regional climate models, engagement with natural resource stakeholders in defining climate related research topics, and using structured decision making approaches to dealing with climate change.  Read more…

 

Save the Date - Shifting Seasons Summit    College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute will host a 3-day summit October 15th-17th 2014, focused on different levels of climate change adaptation training for Tribes.  This event, funded in part by the NE CSC, will also include opportunities to network between indigenous practitioners, tribal leaders & land managers, federal agencies, and climate change scientists.  Read more…

 

NE CSC Fellow attends workshop on climate communication    NE CSC Fellow, Ethan Coffel recently attended a workshop hosted by the South Central CSC on communication, policy, and outreach.  “The workshop was an excellent experience for me – I met potential future collaborators and I gained a better understanding of what communications research can tell us about public opinion and how to change it. I will work to incorporate this knowledge into my outreach efforts in the future."  Read more…

 

College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute Announces 2 Temporary Full-time Eco Crew Leader Positions for the Summer     SDI is currently working on a unique project with the Smithsonian Institute, and Menominee Tribal Enterprises on gathering and recording field data on forest monitoring plots to establish a preliminary databaseto assist with forest dynamics research related to growth trends and climate change. Read more…

 

 

 

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The Global Carbon Atlasis a platform to explore and visualize data on carbon fluxes resulting from human activities and natural processes. Provided by the Global Carbon Project, the Atlas has introductory and advanced resources. Online products include a click-through timeline of global carbon emissions, several ways to compare and visualize national carbon emissions, and an interface for viewing carbon flux data. Check it out:  http://www.globalcarbonatlas.org/.

 

 

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Thursday February 20, 2 pm ET

National Integrated Drought Information System presents,

"Midwest and Great Plains Drought Webinar"

Climate experts provide public briefings on the latest seasonal climate outlooks for the coming winter

To join, visit: http://drought.gov/drought/news/midwest-and-great-plains-drought-webinar-feb-20-2014

 

Friday, February 21, 3:00pm ET

The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. presents, 

Dr. Timothy E. Link - University of Idaho

"Snowmelt processes in forests:  Apparent paradoxes and implications for advancing hydrologic understanding in complex terrain"

To join, visit: http://www.cuahsi.org/2014cyberseminars.aspx

 

Wednesday, February 26, 1:00 pm ET

Tribal Renewable Energy webinar series presents, 

"Strategic Energy Planning"

To join or register, visit:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/319770520

 

Wednesday, February 26, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Why Was Hurricane Sandy So Damaging? Sea-Level Rise and Geomorphic Dominance on Storm Impacts"

Jonathan Woodruff, UMass Amherst

To join, visit: https://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/why-was-hurricane-sandy-so-damaging-sea-level-rise-and-geomorphic-dominance-storm-impacts

 

Thursday, February 27, 2:00 pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"Spatial Dynamics in Marine Ecosystems: Regulations, Fisheries and Feedbacks"

Dr. Andrew Rassweiler

To join or register, visit:  https://nwfsc200.webex.com/nwfsc200/j.php?ED=245579647&UID=1707396137&RT=MiM0

 

 

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Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

2013 Annual Report  The year 2013 saw the GCPO LCC fully mature into an effective network for conservation science…

 

Appalachian LCC

NRCS and Forest Service Partner to Improve Forest Health - Two of the areas to be addressed are within the Appalachian LCC boundary…

 

Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers LCC

Released 2013 Year in Review, a compilation of stories about collective success and progress in promoting effective conservation through collaboration and sound science across our nation’s heartland.

 

North Atlantic LCC News

A Landscape Conservation Blueprint for the Northeast - These tools collectively help articulate a landscape conservation blueprint or design for the Northeast and provide regional context for state and local actions.

 

Plains and Prairie Potholes LCC News

2013 Year in Review- Partners released a compilation of stories about collective success and progress in promoting effective conservation through collaboration and sound science…

 

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC

Celebrating Success! See What’s Inside our 2013 Year in Review, a compilation of stories about collective success and progress in promoting effective conservation through collaboration and sound science…

 

 

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2014 National Tribal Forum on Air Quality    (May 12) ITEP will be offering a 1-day Climate Change Adaptation Planning training in conjunction with the National Tribal Forum on Air Quality (NTF) in Anacortes, WA. This training provides an introduction to planning for climate change impacts and is intended for tribal environmental and natural resource professionals who expect to be involved in climate change adaptation planning. Read more…

 

Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources    (March 17) University of Connecticut. A multidisciplinary conference bringing together individuals working with natural resource and environmental management in Connecticut to share research, information, and ideas. Read more…

 

Summer Policy Colloquium    (June 1-10) The AMS Summer Policy Colloquium brings a select group to Washington, D.C. for an intense, ten-day immersion in science policy. Graduate students, faculty and professionals in the field of atmospheric sciences and their applications form a cohort that tackles hands-on exercises, hears from dozens of prominent experts and forges strong professional networking connections. Read more…

 

The UCAR Data for Decision Makers Summit    (April 21-22)  Boulder, CO.  The summit provides a unique venue to learn about research, licensing, and commercialization opportunities with UCAR and partners. Read more...

 

 

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Secretary Vilsack Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate    'Climate Hubs' will provide regional networks on climate science, forecasting impacts as part of President's Climate Action Plan. The Northern Research Station of the Forest Service, located in Durham, was chosen as the Hub for the Northeast region. Read more USDA News and Local news

 

Farmers know weather isn’t the same    EXETER, NH — Some of those “stakeholders” impacted by climate change were busy on a recent Saturday selling their produce, meats and other food products at the Winter Farmers Market at Exeter High School.  Read more…

 

Landsat Climate Data Records     The USGS is using the valuable 40-year Landsat archive to create new image products that can be used to document changes to Earth’s terrestrial environment. Referred to as Climate Data Records (CDRs), these products are a time series of measurements with sufficient length, consistency, and continuity to identify climate variability and change.  Read more...

 

New climate science MOOCs    A new online course from MIT, “Global Warming Science”, introduces the basic science underpinning our knowledge of the climate system, how climate has changed in the past, and how it may change in the future.  Read more…

 

 

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MODIS Phenology Image Service ArcMap Toolbox     This study specifically addressed seasonal changes in plants, including the onset of growth, photosynthesis in the spring, and the senescence of deciduous vegetation in the fall. The primary objective of the work is to demonstrate that seasonality even in protected areas changes considerably across years.  Read more and View tools

 

USGS Derived Downscaled Climate Projection Portal    Allows visualization and downloading of future climate projections from a group of "statistically downscaled" global climate models (GCMs). Temperature and precipitation projections from these models have been used to calculate derivative climate indicators that measure the number of days that exceed certain thresholds.  Read more…

 

USGCRP Launches New Resources Website for Federal Adaptation Planning and Implementation     Resources include relevant Federal executive orders and strategic plans, selected technical reports on adaptation research, frameworks and other information to help agencies adapt their operations to changing climate conditions, and overview reports for higher-level decision makers. Read more…

 

 

 

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The Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Fund 2014 Request for Proposals    This program supports projects that demonstrate effective interventions for wildlife adaptation to climate change.  (Deadline March 14)  Read more…

 

Tribal Climate Change Funding and Program Guide    Provides up-to-date information on grants and programs that may assist tribes in addressing climate change through a broad range of sectors. The Guide for Tribal Leaders summarizes key U.S. government programs addressing climate change, opportunities for tribal engagement and contacts for each agency. Read more…           

 

Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC 2014 Funding Opportunityfor research proposals that address high priority knowledge gaps associated with natural resource conservation and management in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. (Due Mar 28)  Read more…

 

NE CSC Post-doc opportunity     One or more postdoctoral or more senior research positions in hydro-climatology, surface water hydrology, climate science, and evaluation of climate change impacts are available in the NE CSC at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Read more…

 

DataONE 2014 Summer Internship Program     DataONE is a virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data. DataONE is pleased to announce the availability of summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates. Read more…

 

Science Outside the Lab, Washington, D.C.     During the two-week workshop, students will meet and interact with the people who fund, regulate, shape, critique, publicize and study science, including congressional staffers, funding agency officers, lobbyists, regulators, journalists, academics, museum curators and others.  Read more…