News & Announcements

Photo of a red iiwi bird, a type of Hawaiian honeycreeper Data Announcement: Forecasting the Future of Hawai’i’s Forest Birds

Researchers with the Pacific Islands Climate Science Center have published a new dataset showing predicted changes in climate and the risk of malaria transmission to forest birds during the last years of the 21st century.

Date published: October 17th, 2016

CSC(s): Pacific Islands CSC

Keywords: Birds, Data

Red-cockaded woodpecker Precision in Policymaking May Undermine Conservation and Restoration Goals

Overly specific requirements in conservation policies may be unintentionally wasting management resources and doing more harm than good for the species and landscapes they seek to protect, according to a new opinion paper.

Date published: October 6th, 2016

CSC(s): Southwest CSC

Keywords: Publications, Staff

Photo of Acadia National Park, Maine Ecological Drought in the Northeast United States: Anticipating Changes to Iconic Species, Landscapes, and Ecosystems

Changes in temperature and precipitation are putting the Northeast and Midwest at risk of more frequent, short-term droughts. In May, researchers with the Northeast CSC met to discuss what this will mean for the region's people and ecosystems.

Date published: October 6th, 2016

CSC(s): Northeast CSC

Keywords: Drought

CSC region map Applications Being Accepted to Host Climate Science Centers in the Northwest and Southeast

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a Program Announcement via to request applications to host Climate Science Centers (CSCs) in the Northwest and Southeast.

Date published: October 6th, 2016

CSC(s): Northwest CSC, Southeast CSC

Keywords: Jobs & Opportunities

willow oak tree with changing fall leaves Urban Warming Slows Tree Growth, Photosynthesis

New research from North Carolina State University finds that urban warming reduces growth and photosynthesis in city trees. The researchers found that insect pests are part of the problem, but that heat itself plays a more significant role.

Date published: October 6th, 2016

CSC(s): Southeast CSC

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

Example from LOCA model 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

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

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