NE CSC Newsletter

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Next Week:  “Integrating Climate Change into the State Wildlife Action Plans”, Wednesday October 7, 3:30pm ET.     Join us for the first seminar in a series of Engaging Stakeholders in Climate Adaptation with Michelle Staudinger, Toni Lyn Morelli, and Alex Bryan of the NE CSC.  Read More background and instructions for how to join remotely >>

Northeast Habitat Map for US and Canada is Now Ready!     An interactive web-based habitat map for the Northeast is now available for use in ecological analyses and for understanding and anticipating the effects of climate change on forested, agricultural, and freshwater systems across the U.S. and Canada. Developed by The Nature Conservancy and partially funded by the Northeast Climate Science Center, this easy to view map contains consistent and accurate datasets to aid planning, adaptation, and resources management. Read More >>

NorEaST – Stream Temperature Web Portal Demonstration and Application     Climate change is expected to alter stream temperature and flow regimes over the coming decades, and in turn influence distributions of aquatic species in those freshwater ecosystems. Pooled data from multiple sources can have great value both in the realm of stream temperature and aquatic response. The NorEaST web portal was developed to meet this need, serving as a coordinated, multi-agency regional framework to map and store continuous stream temperature locations and data for New England, Mid Atlantic, and Great Lakes States. Read More >>

Early Career Climate Forum Showcases New Blogs     See what our early career scientists and professionals are saying about their work, opportunities and experiences in an updated posting of contributed blogs on the Early Career Climate Forum. In addition to the latest blogs you can also find lots of interesting climate news, and job opportunities coming through this online forum - including a recent blog posts about last year’s NE CSC Fellows’ Retreat.  Read More >>  and NE CSC News>>

NE CSC Fellow Alexandra Norpel attends Structured Decision Making Course at the National Conservation Training Center     This course provided an excellent opportunity to learn the foundation in SDM within the context of natural resource problems; to gain hands-on experience using various decision tools and develops skills in structured approaches in order to make explicit, transparent, and clear recommendations/decisions.  Alex Norpel, a new NE CSC Fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison recently attended the course and describes her experience. Read More >>

Recent Publications from the NE CSC

•       Bryan, A., Cheng, S.J., Ashworth, K., Guenther, A.B., Hardiman, B.S., Bohrer, G., Steiner, A.L. 2015. Forest-atmosphere BVOC exchange in diverse and structurally complex canopies: 1D modeling of a mid-successional forest in northern Michigan. Atmospheric Environment

•       Dhakal, Nirajan; Jain, Shaleen; gray, Alexander; Dandy, Michael; Stancioff, Esperanza. 2015 Nonstationarity in seasonality of extreme precipitation: A nonparametric circular statistical approach and it's application. Water Resources Research

•       Brennan, Lynn.  2015. Stream Temperature Modeling: A Modeling Comparison for Resource Managers and Climate Change Analysis. University of Massachusetts Master's Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering

•       Hoving, C.L., and M. Notaro. 2015. Ice, snow, and swamp: Managing deer in Michigan's changing climate. Michigan Journal of Sustainability


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The Forest Health Advisory System     provides a snapshot of U.S. forests and the susceptibility of their trees to major forest insects and diseases through the year 2027. Users select their area of interest (States, National Forests, National Parks, Tribal Lands etc.) and receive information about pests and potential tree mortality for that area. The online tool is based on the National Insect and Disease Risk Forest Health Advisory System Maps, which integrates 186 individual insect and disease hazard models.  Read More >>


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Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Develop New Region Map     A portion of the North Atlantic LCC was previously contained entirely within the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes LCC. Read More >>  

North Atlantic LCC: How do you address threats to salt marsh birds across an entire region? Think big     The Salt Marsh Habitat & Avian Research Program, a monumental collaborative effort to assess risks and set response priorities for tidal-marsh dependent bird species from Virginia to maritime Canada, wraps up its fifth field season this summer. Read More >>

Meet the new Coastal Resilience Research Assistant     Climate scientist Emily Powell sees an opportunity to combine her expertise and her dedication to sharing information in a new role working with coastal LCCs on resilience issues.  Read More >>

Appalachian LCC:  Appalachian LCC moves to the head of the class in climate education     LCC Coordinator and Senior Scientist Dr. Jean Brennan was invited to speak at an inaugural Educator Climate and Conservation Colloquium bringing together 50 teachers and school decision makers from across the nation to receive training on campus sustainability and wildlife conservation. Read More >> 


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Online (Virtual) Course Announcement: Hydrologic Impacts under Climate Change     October 20-22, 2015.  Part of the Professional Development Series, “Assessing Natural Systems Impacts under Climate Change”.  Participants will work through hydrological models to explore and project impacts of a changing climate on surface water hydrology. Read More >> 

Climate Change and New England Forests     November 18-19, North Woodstock, NH. Presentations and an activities will help foresters and natural resource professionals integrate climate change considerations into management and conservation.  Read More >>

Climate Change and Rhode Island Forests     November 20-21, Smithfield, RI.  This Rhode Island Woodland Partnership is hosting two workshops to help foresters, natural resource managers, land trusts, and other members of the conservation community integrate information related to climate change and forests into their management and conservation activities. Read More >> 


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Tribes, Department of the Interior and Universities Announce Collaborative Bi-Coastal Tribal Climate Change Initiative     Bi-Coastal Tribal Leaders Summit, Tribal natural and cultural resource manager trainings, and policy workshops to support Tribal leaders, climate change coordinators, planners, and Tribal program managers to build skills, gather information, and develop Tribal policy needed to address climate change impacts. Read More >>

Fires, Drought, Melting Glaciers: Tribal Climate Experts Hope We Haven’t Passed the Tipping Point 
Mother Earth is teaching a lesson Read More >> 

Commission for Environmental Cooperation Issues Five-Year Climate Plan and Announces Roster of Experts in Traditional Ecological Knowledge     The EPA Administrator, along with counterparts from Canada and Mexico, recently announced a 2015-2020 Strategic Plan that focuses on climate change mitigation and adaptation, green growth, and sustainable communities and ecosystems. Read More>> 

CAKE Highlight: Restoration and Conservation of Black Ash Trees in the Northern Appalachian/Acadian Eco-region of Canada     Many First Nations in the Northern Appalachian/Acadian eco-region are working to preserve and restore black ash tree populations. Read More >>

CAKE Highlight: Esquire Article: "When the End of Human Civilization is your Day Job”     By: John H. Richardson. Read More >>

Responding to Oak Wilt and Climate Change on the Menominee Nation Forest     Standing in a disturbed patch of forest, Menominee forester Jeff Grignon looks around and explains, “My role is to regenerate the forest, maintain the forest, create diversity, and look toward the future.” This task is becoming increasingly challenging as growing forest health issues intersect with additional stressors brought about by climate change in the forests of the Menominee Nation and elsewhere.  Read the blog posted by Arthur Blazer, Deputy Undersecretary, Natural Resources and Environment, on September 9, 2015.  Read More >>


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Northern Forests USDA Climate Sub Hub     The USDA Northern Forests Climate Sub Hub provides a sector-specific focus on forest lands to support the work of the Midwest and Northeast Regional Climate Hubs. The Sub Hub helps natural resource managers and woodland owners integrate climate change information into planning, decision-making, and management activities in order to sustain the diverse benefits from forests in a changing climate.  Read More >>

Minnesota Public Radio’s climate topics     provides many resources including a great climate change podcast “ClimateCast” Read More >> 

Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map     This map provides easy access to critical flood-related information about your location, including: historical hurricane strike frequency, 100 and 500 year storm Federal Emergency Management flood plains, and worst-case storm surge inundation. Use this tool to help identify which of your assets may be vulnerable to inundation.  Read More >>

“Sea-Level Rise Modeling Handbook: Resource Guide for Coastal Land Managers, Engineers, and Scientists.”     Coastal managers and planners now have access to a new U.S. Geological Survey handbook that, for the first time, comprehensively describes the various models used to study and predict sea-level rise and its potential impacts on coasts.   Read More >>

The first estimate of shoreline hardening along US Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific coasts  Read More >>

Wildlife in Hot Water: America's Waterways and Climate Change (National Wildlife Federation)
     This report examines how climate change is affecting and is expected to affect our nation's waterways and, in turn, our nation’s wildlife. It covers the impacts that climate change is having on waters and aquatic habitats "from the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans" and everywhere in between. 2015.  Read More >>

Years of Living Dangerously     National Wildlife Federation climate education and communication website contains resources for educators, students, and colleges.  Read More >>

CAKE Highlight:  Opportunity to Contribute Local, State, Tribal, Regional, and Sectoral Assessments     USGCRP has released a site that provides an opportunity to describe assessments and planning activities that are at all stages - recently completed, ongoing, planned, and conceptual - that do or could connect to the National Climate Assessment. Read More >>

Forests of the Future from National Geographic     To study warming temperatures, the Rob Dunn Lab has set up small chambers to simulate climate change in the woods of North Carolina and Massachusetts. View the Video >>


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program Funding Available - Deadline: September 30, 2015     This voluntary, incentive-based program provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should incorporate ecosystem adaptation to help coastal ecosystems and communities prepare for and adapt to the effects of sea-level rise and greenhouse gases. Read More >>

Call for Research Mentors NAPIRE     Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience at Las Cruces Biological Station, Costa Rica between June 20th and August 3rd, 2016.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  Policy Analyst (Tribal)     Closes October 8, 2015. Secretary of Interior's Policy office. This position is a policy analyst position with a focus on climate change impacts on Native Americans, a GS-14 so it needs high-level experience to qualify.  The Secretary's office doesn't have Indian Preference.  Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Education & Outreach Specialist     The EarthScope National Office, which is now headquartered at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  Climate Preparedness Project Associate    Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC. The Project Associate would be responsible for working independently and as part of a team to advance one or more climate preparedness analytical projects. This is a full-time, nine-month temporary position. Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Research Associate, Flood Risk and Climate Change.     The successful applicant and will engage in research on regional climate change and flood risk as part of a team including the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. This project aims to direct basic research on regional climate change to support adaptation to current and future flood risk in Pacific Northwest communities. Read More >>

Job Opportunity:  Research Associate Position, Estimating extreme precipitation in Canada.     A position is available for a highly qualified individual to conduct research on improving methods for estimating precipitation extremes in Canada. Read More >> 

Job Opportunity:  GIS Coordinator, Maine Geological Survey     Permanent, full-time, technical GIS work producing and maintaining a wide variety of geologic maps, reports and related databases to support staff geologists and contractors at the Maine Geological Survey.  Minimum six-year combination of education, training, and experience in GIS systems.  Geology or related natural resource background preferred.  Application Deadline: October 7.  Read More >> 

Job Opportunities:  Four positions are available in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at the Pennsylvania State University.     Successful candidates for these positions will become part of an interdisciplinary research Network for Sustainable Climate Risk Management Read More >> 


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Wednesday, September 30, 1:00pm ET

Tribal Renewable Energy Webinar Series presents

"Working With Utilities: Effective Paths for Tribal Governments"

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Wednesday, September 30, 1:00pm EST

Quarterly National Adaptation Forum Webinar

“Climate Adaptation Evaluation and Monitoring.”

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Thursday, October 1, 11:00am ET

Climate Interactive Co-Director Beth Sawin presents tools and techniques to help ensure climate solutions bring the greatest possible benefit to the greatest number of people.

“Introductory Webinar on Mulitsolving”

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Wednesday, October 7, 3:30pm ET

Northeast Climate Science Center presents

“Integrating Climate Change into the State Wildlife Action Plans”

Michelle Staudinger, Toni Lyn Morelli, Alex Bryan, NE CSC/USGS

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Thursday, October 8, 1:00pm ET

National Marine Protected Areas Center presents

"Inspire Ocean and Climate Literacy and Conservation through MPAs"

Claire Fackler, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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Tuesday, October 13, 2:00pm ET

Featured CAKE Webinar from The Alaska One Health Group

“A One Health Approach to Climate Change”

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Northeast Climate Science Center


University of Massachusetts - Amherst

College of Menominee Nation

Columbia University

Marine Biological Laboratory

University of Missouri - Columbia

University of Minnesota

University of Wisconsin - Madison