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.
DOINews: Northeast Climate Science Center Strategic Science Agenda Finalized
Last edited 4/26/2016
The Northeast Climate Science Center's Strategic Science Agenda is now finalized and available! This document defines the context for climate impacts in the NE CSC region, describes the anticipated role and interactions of the NE CSC among its partners and stakeholders during the first five years (2013-2018) of our tenure, and establishes the seven science priorities (listed below) that the NE CSC will address through consortium and competitively funded research activities, as well as collaborations with regional partners.
Revisions to earlier versions of the Science Agenda were made in response to the feedback received during two Stakeholder Outreach and Science Planning Meetings held in January 2013 in Amherst, MA and Minneapolis, MN, as well as comments submitted by the Stakeholder Advisory Committee, an online survey, and targeted meetings with stakeholders.
The NE CSC greatly appreciates the input and contributions of the NE CSC Consortium, the NE CSC Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and other partners and stakeholders over the past year in helping develop this visionary document. The NE CSC is confident this document will serve as a catalyst for future conversations with the climate and adaptation community in the region to advance common goals.
NE CSC Science Themes
Science Theme 1: Climate projections and assessments
Science Theme 2: Climate impacts on land-use and land-cover
Science Theme 3: Climate impacts on freshwater resources and ecosystems
Science Theme 4: Climate impacts on Atlantic and Great Lakes coastal and nearshore environments
Science Theme 5: Ecological vulnerability and species response to climate variability and change
Science Theme 6: Impacts of climate variability and change on cultural resources
Science Theme 7: Decision frameworks for evaluating risk and managing natural resources under climate change