NE CSC Newsletter

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Webinar: “Critical Evaluation of Methods and Outcomes for Habitat/Ecological Systems Classification and Mapping in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.”     On February 11, 2015 at 3:30pm Eastern, speakers David D. Diamond of Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership and Don Faber-Langendoen of NatureServe will present the final results of this NE CSC project. The goal of this project was to review and compare four vegetation map products for the eastern USA, with an eye toward providing a single ‘best map product’ insofar as possible. Read more…


Upcoming Presentations from the NE CSC: 

•                February 9-10, 2015 Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference.  View a list of NE CSC presentations. Read more…

•                February 2015: Staudinger, MD, K. Alexander, and A. Jordaan. "Ecological and management implications of climate change induced shifts in phenology of coastal fish and wildlife species in the Northeast region." Southern New England Chapter of the AFS February 24. Center for Coast Studies, Provincetown MA, February 17.


Recent Publications from the NE CSC: 

•                Johnson DS. 2015. The savory swimmer swims north: A northern range extension for the blue crab, Callinectes sapdius? Journal of Crustacean Biology

•                Ning, L. and R.S. Bradley, 2014.  Winter climate extremes over the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada and teleconnections with large-scale modes of climate variability.  Journal of Climate. 

•                Bryan, A. M., A. L. Steiner, and D. J. Posselt, 2015. Regional modeling of surface-atmosphere interactions and their impact on Great Lakes hydroclimate, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos.


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Connecting on Climate: A Guide to Effective Climate Change Communication     An excellent new guide just released by UMass Assistant Professor/Affiliate Investigator Ezra Markowitz and colleagues leads to a better understanding of American responses to climate change and explains how anyone, from religious leaders, to health care professionals, businesspeople, community leaders, journalists, scientists, educators, policymakers, and other interested parties, can better communicate with and engage the American public on the issue. It should be of interest (and use) to pretty much anyone who finds themselves talking about climate change with members of the public (including policymakers, administrators and other decision-makers).  Read more...



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North Atlantic LCC

Study examines how climate change impacts contaminants and excess nutrients in the environment

Scenario planning for climate change, boreal forest, and moose

MARCO Receives LCC Grant to Disseminate Coastal Resiliency Science and Tools


Appalachian LCC

Online course and conference offered to Virginia forest landowners

Watershed Decision Tool Webinar Series 



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Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region    Join us for a 4-week learning expedition exploring the exciting weather of the Great Lakes Region, changes underway, and societal impacts of our changing climate.  Begins Feb 23rd. Read more…


American Water Resources Association Climate Change Adaptation Conference - June 2015    This specialty conference is about ACTION - how we respond, build resilient systems, and influence decision makers. Abstracts due Feb 13th. Read more…


Society of Wetland Scientists International Annual Meeting     Providence, RI.  May 31 - June 4th, 2015. Changing Climate, Changing Wetlands: Climate Impacts to Wetlands and the Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Mitigation.  Read more…


Rising Voices 3     This workshop will have the theme of “Learning and Doing: Education and Adaptation through Diverse Ways of Knowing” and be held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado from 29 June – 1 July, 2015.  Read more…



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Webinars Focused on Social Vulnerability and Climate Change     North Central CSC webinars will explore community vulnerability to climate change and how natural resource managers can integrate social vulnerability assessments into decision-making. Read more…


NOAA Fisheries releases draft Climate Science Strategy for public comment      The Strategy is part of a proactive approach to collect and provide information on changing climate and ocean conditions to resource managers. Read more…


CAKE Highlight: Community Coastal Resilience in Practice     TNC's Coastal Resilience process has been applied in different geographies around the world. This month, two examples from cities in Connecticut demonstrate how community-driven efforts to address climate change and extreme events are improving resilience and reducing vulnerability of ecosystems and infrastructure. Read more…


Workshop explores climate change scenarios in the Adirondacks     A summary report from a two-day scenario development workshop in the Adirondacks explores the regional response to the threat of disruptive climate change. Read more…


Video: “Adapting to Change”     The film highlights climate change impacts on tribes and their resources in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, adaptation, and training. Read more…



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Publication: Messaging climate change uncertainty    Climate change is full of uncertainty and the messengers of climate science are not getting the uncertainty narrative right. To communicate uncertainty one must first understand it, and then avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.  Read more…


EPA Storm Surge Inundation Map     An interactive map that illustrates the current worst-case storm surge and inundation scenarios on the American Gulf and Atlantic coasts. The map combines data layers from FEMA 100 and 500 year flood maps as well as NOAA's Sea, Lake, and Overland Surge from Hurricanes (SLOSH) and the National Hurricane Center's coastal county hurricane strike maps. Read more…


EPA Scenario-Based Projected Changes Map    An online map that provides easy access to localized scenarios of projected changes in annual total precipitation, precipitation intensity, annual average temperature, 100-year storm events, and sea-level rise from EPA's Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool. Read more…


NOAA National Sea Grant Resilience Toolkit Released    This toolkit allows users to learn about tools from across the entire Sea Grant network, giving them the opportunity to adapt tools for their own local needs. Read more…


National Research Council. Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences    Report identifies eight strategic research priorities for the next decade that will continue to advance scientific understanding of the ocean. Read more…


New Technique for Statistical Downscaling     From the Southwest CSC, This new method uses localized constructed analogs (LOCA) and has several benefits including better estimates of extreme days.  Read more…


White Paper on Climate Risk and Decision Making    The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) recently put out a new white paper, “Transforming Higher Education Institutions to Serve as Laboratories for Informing Decision Making on Climate Risk”. Read more…


Rising Voices 2 report    The workshop focused on the co-production of knowledge for adaptation solutions to climate change and variability, and changing relationship with traditional plants and animal relatives, water quality and quantity, declining sea ice, health and livelihood hazards, and forced relocation. Read more…



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Climate Funding Opportunities    A document compiled for NOAA. This document provides a snapshot of currently available, climate-related funding opportunities (as of January 16, 2015). Read more…


RFP: The Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (NEAFWA)    Announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants under the 2015 Northeast Regional Conservation Needs Grant Program. Due March 1.  Read more…


2015-2016 AMS Congressional Science Fellowship     The American Meteorological Society (AMS) seeks candidates with backgrounds in the Earth sciences. Fellows participate in the legislative process by joining a Congressional office of their choosing in the United States Senate or House of Representatives. Read more…


Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellows & Collaborating Mentors    The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), in collaboration with NSF’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, invites applications for two-year Postdoctoral Synthesis Fellowships and Mentors. Read more…



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Tuesday, February 10, 2:00pm ET

OneNOAA Science Seminars presents, 

"Weather-Climate Linkages: Analysis, Modeling, and Prediction Efforts"

Chris Bretherton, University of Washington, and Martin Hoerling, NOAA ESRL

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Wednesday, February 11, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

“Critical Evaluation of Methods and Outcomes for Habitat/Ecological Systems Classification and Mapping in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.”  

David D. Diamond, Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership & Don Faber-Langendoen, NatureServe

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Thursday, February 12, 1:00pm ET

National Adaptation Forum presents, 

“Ensuring Social Equity in Preparing for Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions”

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Tuesday, February 17, 1:00pm ET

Conservation Biology Institute presents, 

"Navigating the Data Basin Platform: A Guided Tour"

Tosha Comendant

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Wednesday, February 25, 2:00pm ET

EBM Tools Network Webinar Series presents, 

"Application of the Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) to New York and Connecticut"

Amy Polaczyk, Warren Pinnacle Consulting

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Wednesday, February 25, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents, 

"Accounting for variability & uncertainty when informing natural resource management" 

Brian Irwin, USGS &  Tiffany Vidal, University of Georgia

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Thursday, February 26, 12:00pm ET

Weathering Change: Local Solutions for Strong Communities webinar series presents,

"Collaborating for Resilience"

Sarika Tandon, Center for Whole Communities, and Veda Truesdale, Rutgers University

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Tuesday, March 3, 12:30pm ET

Nature’s Notebook and the Emerging Climate Risk Lab of Cornell present,


Dr. Toby Ault, Cornell University

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Wednesday, March 4, 4:00pm ET

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series presents, 

"Assessing Ecosystem Services Associated with Urban Trees"

Speakers TBD

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