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Grizzly and Wolf
Natural and cultural areas that will remain similar to what they are today -- despite climate change -- need to be identified, managed and conserved as “refugia” for at-risk species, according to a study published today in PLOS One. The study sets out, for the first time, specific steps to help identify and manage these more resilient and climate-stable havens for plants, animals and fishes.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Science, Blog Post
Tidal Marsh

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a Program Announcement via Grants.gov to request applications to host Climate Science Centers (CSCs) in four regions: Alaska, Northwest, Southeast, and Midwest.

Climate Change, Science, Blog Post
Trees in Hoosier National Forest

Forests in the Eastern United States are changing in response to ecological succession, or variations in species and community structure over time, tree harvest, as well as other disturbances. Climate change has the potential to further impact these forests. A team of Northeast CSC supported researchers predicted the distribution and abundance of common tree species across portions of the Eastern U.S. under alternative climate scenarios of warming by the end of the century.

Climate Change, Science, Blog Post
spruce-fir tree branches

Spruce-fir forests and associated bird species are recognized as some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and species to the impacts of climate change. Researchers supported by the Northeast Climate Science Center capitalized on a rich suite of long-term data from these ecosystems to document recent trends in these forests and their associated bird species and developed tools for predicting their future abundance under climate change.

U.S. Geological Survey, Massachusetts, Climate Change, Science, External News
red squirrel on tree
Toni Lyn Morelli, USGS Research Ecologist at the NE CSC, is working to tease apart mechanisms causing ecological changes in northeastern U.S. mountains. As temperatures warm, snowpack decreases, and rainfall patterns shift, plants and animals are responding in a variety of ways.
Climate Change, Conservation, Science, Blog Post
Stream in West Virginia

As part of a growing movement to make scientific data more publicly accessible, Austin Polebitski (University of Wisconsin-Platteville, University of Massachusetts) and colleagues gathered and compiled stream temperature data, and began the process of organizing the data for use by decision makers.

Wisconsin, Climate Change, Conservation, Native Americans, External News
Cabin for NE CSC Retreat in the Woods
This year's 2015 NE CSC Fellows Retreat, hosted by the the University of Wisconsin and the College of Menominee Nation through the Sustainable Development Institute, was held September 22-25 in Suring, Wisconsin. Twenty Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows gathered to share their research, develop collaborations, and learn from stakeholders and scientists who have established strong working relationships. Fellows acquired skills for engaging with tribal leaders and resource managers and learned about climate-related challenges and adaptation solutions in the Northern Wisconsin region.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Science, Blog Post
NorEaST portal screenshot

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. To better anticipate these changes, there is a need to compile both short- and long-term stream temperature data for managers to gain an understanding of baseline conditions, historic trends, and future projections.

Climate Change, Science, Blog Post
NE Map Viewer

Have you ever wondered what type of forest grows on the hill behind your house or in the wilds of maritime Canada,  which birds you might find in a North Atlantic salt marsh, or how protected are the Northeast’s alpine summits?  Now this information is at your fingertips through a unique interactive map, covering 13 US states and 4 Canadian provinces.

Climate Change, Science, External News
Screenshot of WaterViz Tool
Even if you are nowhere near ice-cold Hubbard Brook in the rugged White Mountains of New Hampshire, you can tune into the water cycle with Waterviz, an online tool partially funded by the Northeast Climate Science Center that creates digital art and plays a live forest symphony generated from environmental sensors placed in a mountain valley.
Climate Change, Conservation, Science, External News
Mixed Birds over Lake Michigan
Mark your calendars for a five-webinar series this fall from the Northeast Climate Science Center, highlighting research from our funded projects and an invited presentation from Julio Betancourt from the USGS.
Climate Change, Science, External News
Harper's Ferry Storm
Application of storm transposition can identify vulnerabilities to extreme storm event, and hence to climate change. The specific findings of this study will inform local decisions, as well as demonstrate the efficacy of the storm transposition method.
U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image

A new paper led by U.S. Geological Survey Ecologists Erik Beever (Research Ecologist, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center) and Michelle Staudinger (Science Coordinator, Northeast Climate Science Center) addresses the importance of including adaptive capacity of species as a fundamental component when assessing vulnerability to rapid climate change.

U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Conservation, Science, Press Release
Department of the Interior Image

The Department of the Interior Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) has released a report today synthesizing the latest information on the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate change in a 22-state region in the Northeast and Midwest U.S.  

U.S. Geological Survey, Climate Change, Conservation, Science, Press Release
Lyons Forest

Jack pine forests are critical in the upper Great Lakes region and regeneration of these forests is challenging due to drought and other stressors. John Almendinger, MN DNR, is grateful for NE CSC Fellow Kyle Gill's research on jack pine forest dynam

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