News & Announcements

New Soil Moisture Satellite Shows Promise for Drought Monitoring

Droughts are one of the costliest natural disasters and globally affect a large number of people and their livelihoods every year. A new NASA satellite shows the promise of using the satellite’s soil moisture data for drought monitoring.

Date published: September 14th, 2016

CSC(s): North Central CSC

Keywords: Drought, Publications

Walleye Warmer Waters From Climate Change Could Impact Sport Fish Communities in Midwestern Lakes

Climate change is predicted to alter sport fish communities in Midwestern lakes, according to a new study that related water temperature to suitability for walleye and largemouth bass in more than 2,100 Wisconsin lakes.

Date published: September 12th, 2016

CSC(s): Northeast CSC

Keywords: Fish, Freshwater

Global climate model representation of California elevations (left) compared to LOCA New, High-Resolution Climate Projections Aim to Better Represent Extreme Events

A new next-generation modeling dataset includes improved local-scale climate projections covering the 21st century for a region from northern Mexico to southern Canada.

Date published: September 12th, 2016

CSC(s): Southwest CSC

Keywords: Data, Extreme Weather

Mountain pine beetle damage Climate Has Led to Beetle Outbreaks in Iconic Whitebark Pine Trees

Temperature increases caused by climate change were a major factor driving the outbreak of mountain pine beetles that killed whitebark pine across millions of acres in and around Yellowstone National Park in the early 2000s, according to a new study.

Date published: August 29th, 2016

CSC(s): Northwest CSC

Keywords: Forests, Insects, Publications

Map of the eastern U.S. showing the location of national parks highlighted in the announcement No Picnic for Our Parks: How Climate Change Could Impact National Parks and the Species they Protect

From retreating glaciers in Alaska to severe drought in the Southwest, climate change is set to dramatically alter our national parks. Here are 10 CSC and NCCWSC projects that provide a snapshot of our work in national parks.

Date published: August 17th, 2016

CSC(s): Alaska CSC, NCCWSC, North Central CSC, Northeast CSC, Northwest CSC, Pacific Islands CSC, Southeast CSC, Southwest CSC

Keywords: Adaptation, Amphibians, Coastal, Drought, Marine, Plants & Vegetation, Reptiles, Tools, Vulnerability

Stream in Oklahoma U.S. Tribes Work with Scientists Against Climate Change

The South Central Climate Science Center has been working with tribes to identify their unique vulnerabilities, help them cope with emergencies and develop long-term adaptation strategies.

Date published: August 17th, 2016

CSC(s): South Central CSC

Keywords: Adaptation, Tribal & Indigenous

Managing for a changing climate course flyer Free Course Available – Managing for a Changing Climate

The South Central Climate Science Center is launching a free semester-long open online course called “Managing for a Changing Climate,” on August 17.

Date published: August 15th, 2016

CSC(s): South Central CSC

Keywords: Jobs & Opportunities, Workshops & Meetings

Native westslope cutthroat trout Managing Climate Change Refugia to Protect Wildlife

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, per a new study from the Northeast CSC.

Date published: August 11th, 2016

CSC(s): Northeast CSC

Keywords: Adaptation, Publications

Round Bald, NC - Credit: Alan Cressler Ecosystems in the Southeastern U.S. Are Vulnerable to Climate Change

At least several southeastern U.S. ecosystems are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, according to two new USGS reports on research conducted by Southeast CSC scientists.

Date published: August 11th, 2016

CSC(s): Southeast CSC

Keywords: Publications, Vulnerability

Douglas fir in King Range National Conservation Area, CA Drought Conditions Slow the Growth of Douglas Fir Trees Across the West

Douglas fir trees are particularly sensitive to drought conditions, according to a new study.

Date published: August 9th, 2016

CSC(s): Alaska CSC

Keywords: Drought, Forests, Publications