Spring is coming early in 3/4 of national parks, according to a new study. Awesome? Not so much. As flowers bloom earlier every year, it’s disrupting the link between the wildflowers and the arrival of birds, bees, and butterflies that feed on and pollinate the flowers. In Shenandoah, an earlier spring is giving invasive plants a head start, and they’re displacing native wildflowers, leading to costly management issues.
Before the 1960s almost everything about living openly as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) person was illegal. New York City laws against homosexual activities were particularly harsh. The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBT civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.
Vine Creek Ranch at Death Valley National Park. Steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley.
Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
The North Central Climate Science Center is Hiring a Deputy Director! Duties include coordinating the NC CSC research portfolio, ensuring clear and effective communication among researchers and stakeholders, strategic and tactical science planning, and more!
Colorado’s latest State Wildlife Action plan now includes an assessment of how key habitat types could be impacted by a changing climate – and the collaborative effort that produced the analysis has received a national award.
While drought is a naturally occurring phenomenon throughout much of the North Central region, climate change threatens to exacerbate typical drought conditions, resulting in droughts that last longer and cover larger geographic extents than before. Understanding the implications of drought and a changing climate on the region is critical if its natural resources are to be properly managed.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Science, Water Challenges, Blog Post
A team of researchers from the North Central Climate Science Center recently conducted a study to explore and characterize the ways in which some federal and tribal natural resource managers experienced and dealt with drought on lands managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Science, Blog Post
In an effort to help USGS scientists navigate and comply with new USGS policies regarding the transparency and reproducibility of science, the North Central CSC and partners are starting a project to provide an exemplar that the USGS can point to.
Wyoming, Climate Change, Conservation, Science, Blog Post
Congratulations to the NASA DEVELOP Team for winning the 2015 National Virtual Poster Session for their project titled "A Changing Landscape: Monitoring Cheatgrass with Satellite Imagery". The project used remote sensing to study cheatgrass cover across the area burned by the Arapaho Fire in south central Wyoming.
The Western Water Assessment recently released a short informational report describing the Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI). EDDI is a drought index that can serve as an indicator of both rapidly evolving “flash” droughts (developing over a few weeks) and sustained droughts (developing over months but lasting up to years).
The North Central Climate Science Center recently released a Summary Report and Video highlighting key elements of its May 2015 Open Science Conference held at Colorado State University. The conference sought to provide an opportunity for stakeholders, researchers, and scientists to engage with the Center and help guide its objectives moving forward.
We would like to introduce two new postdoctoral scholars working with the North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC)!
Amanda Cravens will be doing a Mendenhall Research Fellowship at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center with Rudy Schuster and Nina Burkardt. This Mendenhall was partially sponsored by the NC CSC. Amanda's work will focus on both the technical and human side of decision support for land managers in the region.
The Great Plains Regional Technical Input Report is the result of a collaboration among numerous local, state, federal, and nongovernmental agencies to develop a comprehensive, state of the art look at the effects of climate change on the eight states that encompass the Great Plains region.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Science, Press Release
Through partnership with the CIRES Western Water Assessment (WWA) at the University of Colorado and the U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, the North Central Climate Science Center was recently able to add an Evapotranspiration (ET) Anomaly product to the Rocky Mountains – High Plains Climate Dashboard, which is a recent extension of the WWA's Intermountain West Climate Dashboard.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Conservation, Science, Press Release
As climate change impacts begin to manifest in the north central US, researchers are actively working to understand the vulnerability of key species. Climate change will impact plants directly in terms of establishment, growth, and death of populations, but it will also have an indirect effect as the result of disturbances such as fire and pests, competition for resources, pollination, and seed dispersal.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Science, Press Release
The pair partnered with Western Water Assessment’s Jeff Lukas on July 28th for a webinar discussing the drivers of El Niño, how impacts might manifest in the north central region, and what monitoring tools and resources exist for land managers who may be affected by these weather patterns.