November is Manatee Awareness Month; but no matter what time of year it is, manatees deserve to be celebrated. These amazing creatures fulfill a unique niche by serving as indicator species for ecosystems across the United States. Because of their reliance on the health of their habitat, manatees often act as a signal of their environment’s well-being. NOAA photo by Michael Buchanan.
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.
DOINews: Upcoming Webinar - Making Climate Change Data Relevant at a Local Scale
Last edited 4/26/2016
NE CSC News Announcement
Dan Vimont, an investigator with the Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC), will be giving a webinar next week on research funded by the Upper Midwest/Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative titled, "Making Climate Change Data Relevant at a Local Scale".
Description: Global climate models project that Earth's temperature will warm by about 2°-4°C (about 3°-7°F) in the coming century. But what does that mean for communities, natural resource managers, and other local interests? And how can climate scientists ensure that climate data is useful to a wide range of individuals with different data needs?
In this webinar we will present a newly developed set of “downscaled” climate data that was developed in cooperation with the Upper Midwest / Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative. A novel aspect of this downscaled data is that the technique was developed after conversations with a wide variety of people who would be using the data. As a result, the dataset is flexible enough to address a number of research and assessment needs. The webinar will address the following questions:
How can we develop climate data that is useful to a wide variety of communities who will be using that data?
How might climate change be evident in phenomena that are relevant for impacts, such as extreme warmth, duration of heat waves, and precipitation intensity?
How can we ensure that uncertainty in future projections of local and regional climate change is accounted for in climate assessment?
Dan Vimont is an Associate Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is the Bryson Distinguished Professor of Climate, People, and the Environment. He conducts both fundamental and applied climate research. One focus area of Dan's research includes assessing regional impacts of climate change; he serves as the co–chair of the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts (WICCI) Science Council and the WICCI Climate Working Group. The WICCI Climate Working Group, funded by the Upper Midwest / Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, has recently developed a set of downscaled daily climate projections for the Eastern United States.