NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, March 20, 2014

News and upcoming events related to the Northeast Climate Science

 

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Upcoming webinar: "Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty”     March 26, 2014 at 3:30pm (ET), Speaker: Maria Janowiak of Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science.  This presentation will describe a set of forest adaptation resources that can be used by resource managers to incorporate regional information about climate change vulnerability and potential adaptation strategies into on-the-ground management, while meeting a variety of management goals. Read more…

 

NorEaST project will present at NEAEB Conference    The NE CSC funded stream temperature project NorEaST will present at the New England Association of Environmental Biologists (NEAEB) Annual Conference in Burlington, VT on March 25-28.  Read more...

 

NE CSC Director Participates in Midwest Regional Climate Meeting    On March 12-13, Federal Director Mary Ratnaswamy participated in the Midwest Regional Climate Meeting. The objective of this meeting is to gather individuals doing applied climate work in the Midwest region to elevate awareness of climate activities, projects, and services to understand how best to coordinate activities in these areas. Read more…

 

SE and NE CSCs Host Climate Change Meeting for NWR Managers    The Southeast and Northeast Climate Science Centers (CSCs) held an ‘Impacts of Climate Change’ meeting for National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) leaders from Alligator River, Cape Romain, and Blackwater NWRs at the Alligator River NWR on March 5-6.  Read more…

 

“Too warm for your fried perch dinner?”    NE CSC funded investigator Richard Kraus (GLSC, Sandusky, OH) was interviewed by Jennifer Jordan of National Public Radio on-board the R/V Muskie on September 6, 2013 about GLSC science on Lake Erie.  Warmer lake waters in a changing climate threaten the yellow perch population as well as other popular cool water fish, like walleye.  Listen to the story…

 

NE CSC’s 2nd Anniversary    On Monday March 10th, the Northeast Climate Science Center staff members and fellows shared chocolate birthday cake with University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty and students from a variety of departments. Dean Goodwin of the College of Natural Resources and the Environment was also in attendance and spoke words of praise for future endeavors.  Read more…

 

Recent NE CSC-supported Publications:

Anthony D’Amato and colleagues.  Effects of thinning on drought vulnerability and climate response in north temperate forest ecosystems.  Ecological Applications.

Michelle Staudinger and colleagues.  Foraging ecology and niche overlap in pygmy ( Kogia breviceps) and dwarf (Kogia sima) sperm whales from waters of the U.S. mid-Atlantic coast.  Marine Mammal Science.

Tiantian Li, Radley Horton, and colleagues. Projections of seasonal patterns in temperature-related deaths for Manhattan, New York.  Nature Climate Change.

Jane Foster and colleagues. Looking for age-related growth decline in natural forests: unexpected biomass patterns from tree rings and simulated mortality.  Oecologia.

 

 

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ForestsClimateChange.org     This online information hub for news, debate, research, and tools on forests and climate change is intended for policy makers, researchers, governments, NGOs, and others to share their knowledge and experiences. Given that climate change is complex and controversial, the aim is to create a website that provides people not only with the most up-to-date forests and climate change research, but an understanding of why this information is important, how it can be applied and how it relates to the broader political and research contexts.  They welcome all organizations and individuals working in forests and climate change to send story submissions and to point out new tools and research.  Read more…

 

 

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Thursday, March 20, 2:00 pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"From Belize to Washington State: keeping habitat at the core of marine conservation"

Jodie Toft

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

 

Wednesday, March 26, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Sustaining Forests in the Face of Uncertainty"

Maria Janowiak, NIACS

To join, visit: https://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/sustaining-forests-face-uncertainty

 

Thursday, April 3, 2:00 pm ET 

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center's webinar series presents, 

"Integrated Scenarios of the Future Northwest Environment”

Philip Mote, Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University

To register, visit: https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/310

 

Wednesday, April 9, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Relevance of Extreme Events for Breeding Birds: Coping with Extreme Weather and Climate Change"

Brooke Bateman, University of Wisconsin

To join, visit: https://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/relevance-extreme-events-breeding-birds-coping-extreme-weather-and-climate-change

 

Wednesday, April 23, 3:30 pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Extreme Climate Events and Species Population Dynamics: Overriding Influence or Not Such a Big Deal?"

Keith Nislow, UMass Amherst

To join, visit: https://necsc.umass.edu/webinars/extreme-climate-events-and-species-population-dynamics-overriding-influence-or-not-such-big

 

 

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Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC

Beyond just sea level rise: incorporating climate into coastal wetland vulnerability assessments

Structured Decision Making workshop - August, 2014...

 

Appalachian LCC

GIS & Conservation Planning Tool Overview…

Urban Wildlife Initiative Engages Communities ...

 

North Atlantic LCC News

Connecticut River Watershed Pilot: Landscape Conservation Design in Action…

Regional Synthesis and Context for Conservation Actions in the Northeast Region…

Protecting People and Communities, Helping Fish and Wildlife…

 

 

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The Pathways 2014 Conference: Integrating Human Dimensions into Fish and Wildlife Management     October 5 - 9, 2014, Estes Park Center, Colorado, USA.  This conference and training intends to set the precedent for future research, innovation, and collaboration and to further the application of human dimensions research in the field of fish and wildlife management. Now accepting abstracts. 

 

2014 Adaptation in the Great Lakes Region Conference     Ann Arbor, Michigan June 24-26, 2014. The conference will bring together practitioners, policy makers, and researchers to learn about and discuss strategies for increasing the region's resilience to climate change. Read more…

 

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness     May 19-21 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Antioch University-New England and EPA will be hosting a regional conference this May for local planners, decision-makers, and educators to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts.  Read more…

 

Structured Decision Making Workshop (LCC Session)    August 18-22, 2014, Mississippi State University, MS.  The goal of this workshop is to apply SDM to real-world conservation issues brought forth by on-the-ground decision makers facing problems that typically have multiple competing objectives and multiple alternatives for meeting those objectives. Read more…

 

 

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President's 2015 Budget Proposes $1.1 Billion for the USGS     Targeted investments advance research on climate change and earth sciences to support community safety, health, and economic growth.  Read more…

 

EPA Issues Federal Register Notice on Request for Public Engagement in the Interagency Special Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health     This report, which focuses on the United States, is being developed through an interagency process within the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the Interagency Workgroup on Climate Change and Human Health.  Comments are due by March 31, 2014. Read more… 

 

Federal Highway Administration Announces Climate Adaptation Case Studies     The Federal Highway Administration is partnering with State Departments of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and Federal Land Management Agencies to pilot approaches to conduct climate change and extreme weather vulnerability assessments of transportation infrastructure and to analyze options for adapting and improving resiliency.  Read more…

 

Senators Stay Up All Night to Bring Attention to Climate Change     On March 10, the recently formed Senate Climate Action Task Force put on its first event, an all-night talkathon to “wake up Congress” to the need to address the severe impacts of climate change. During the night, 31 Senators spoke for more than 14 hours, discussing science, policy, impacts and solutions to climate change. Read more…

 

Informing Conservation Decisions in a Changing Climate    Conserving healthy, cold water in high- elevation headwater systems benefits species, water quality and communities downstream – so what is good for the brook trout can be good for people, too. That thinking is exemplified in an innovative web-based tool developed by researchers from the U.S. Forest Service and the University of Massachusetts. Read more…

 

WI State government forum examines climate change impacts    An informational forum at the Wisconsin state capital, hosted by State Representatives Jeff Mursau and Fred Clark and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences and Letters, was titled "Climate Change: What it means for Wisconsin's economy and natural resources," and it covered a range of topics, from farming and water to forestry and renewable energy. Read more…

 

Stronger trade winds stall climate change    The pause in global warming since 2001 can be traced to a natural shift in weather patterns that causes stronger trade winds along the equator in the Pacific Ocean, new research indicates. When the patterns change, global temperatures will quickly warm, according to the researchers.  Read more…

 

Settlement Sets Up Expectation That All New York State-Regulated Utilities Prepare for Climate Change    The New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) and Consolidated Edison (ConEd), New York City’s largest electric utility, agreed that ConEd would now be responsible for preparing for future extreme weather due to climate change. Read more…

 

Climate Change-Induced Acidity in Ocean Kills 10 Million Scallops    Island Scallops CEO Rob Saunders announced to news outlets that the company has lost most of the 2014 scallop harvest, 10 million scallops worth $10 million, due to ocean acidification caused by climate change. Read more… 

 

 

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Climate Change: Evidence & Causes     The Royal Society and the US National Academy of Sciences, with their similar missions to promote the use of science to benefit society and to inform critical policy debates, offer this new publication as a key reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative answers about the current state of climate change science.  Read more…

 

Placing Science-Based Tools in the Hands of Land and Resource Managers Planning for Climate Change    This special 8-page progress report, from NE CSC Program Manager and Fellow Toni Lyn Morelli, describes half a dozen projects providing just the kind of maps, data, models, and other information resource managers need to address this global challenge locally on the ground.  Read more…

 

CAKE Highlight:  A Typology of Adaptation Actions: A Global Look at Climate Adaptation Actions Financed Through the Global Environment Facility    The information obtained sheds new insight into what adaptation is, in practice, and suggests some next steps to strengthen the empirical database. Read more…

 

Video: Predicting Carbon Storage of Great Lakes Forests in the year 2050    This presentation by Dr. Peter Curtis of The Ohio State University was part of the Great Lakes Climate webinar series. Read more…

 

 

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Bureau of Indian Affairs Announces FY 2014 Funding Opportunity to Support Tribes Addressing Challenges of Climate Change     The BIA has announced a request for proposals to support Tribes in adapting to the challenges of climate change in tribal communities, especially with respect to ocean and coastal management planning.  (Deadline: April 30, 2014). Read more...

 

2 Open Positions with the Science Policy Exchange     The Science Policy Exchange seeks to fill two open positions (one full-time Coordinator, one part-time Administrative Assistant) based at the Harvard Forest to coordinate regional Exchange activities. Read more…