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Postdoctoral Researcher Openings: Reducing risks to biodiversity and human well-being from ecological effects of drought

We are seeking two postdoctoral researchers to participate in the project "Landscape Sensitivity to Ecological Drought: The Knowns, Needs, and Solutions for the Real World". Funded by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) in partnership with Science for Nature and People (SNAP), the project will assess the state of understanding of current and future drought impacts across a range of ecological systems in the United States, and connect those impacts with actional strategies for reducing risks to biodiversity and human well-being.

Position is open until filled!

Find more details on the position announcement >>

Posted on July 27, 2015

Don't Miss these CSC Presentations at the 2015 ESA Meeting!

If you're heading to the Ecological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting this year (August 9-14, 2015), be sure to check out these presentations by some of our Climate Science Center staff and researchers: 

Monday, August 10:

Climatic and nonclimatic controls shaping early postglacial conifer history in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, USA (COS 14-1)
Speaker: Teresa R. Krause, Postdoctoral Fellow, Southwest Climate Science Center
Monday, August 10, 2015: 1:30 PM
Contributed Talk: Paleoecology (COS 14)


ESA Logo for 2015Tuesday, August 11:

Visualizing the effects of climate change on hawk migration phenology: Results from an experimental collaboration between the academic, public, private, and non-governmental sectors (COS 28-1)
Speaker: Richard Feldman, University of Massachusetts, Northeast Climate Science Center supported research
Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 8:00 AM
Contributed Talk: Education: Community-Based Learning (COS 28)

Biodiversity across varying environments: Mechanisms of compositional stasis and change (SYMP 4-2)
Speaker: Jessica Blois, University of California - Merced; with Steve Jackson, Director, Southwest Climate Science Center
Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 8:30 AM
Symposium: Understanding Temporal Trends of Biodiversity (SYMP 4)

Adaptive capacity of socioecological systems under climate change in north central United States (OOS 26-7)
Speaker: Dennis Ojima, University Director, North Central Climate Science Center
Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 3:40 PM
Organized Oral Session: Climate Change in Wildlands: Pioneering Applications of Science to Management in the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains (OOS 26)

Elements of success for climate adaptation planning: A USGS perspective (OOS 26-8)
Speaker: Jeff Morisette, Director, North Central Climate Science Center
Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 4:00 PM
Organized Oral Session: Climate Change in Wildlands: Pioneering Applications of Science to Management in the Rocky and Appalachian Mountains (OOS 26)

Accounting for dispersal and habitat use when estimating survival of a migrant songbird (PS 40-202)
Presenter: Grant M. Connette, University of Missouri, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeast Climate Science Center
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Poster Session: Modeling (PS 40)


Wednesday, August 12:

Natural is not enough: Expanding Leopold’s Quadrant in a world of change (SYMP 15-1)
Speaker: Steve Jackson, Director, Southwest Climate Science Center
Wednesday, August 12, 2015: 1:30 PM
Symposium: Coupled Natural and Human Systems Science: The Need, Challenges and Rewards (SYMP 15)

Managing climate change refugia for climate adaptation (SYMP 13-6)
Speaker: Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist, Northeast Climate Science Center
Wednesday, August 12, 2015: 4:10 PM
Symposium: High-Elevation Ecosystems in a Warmer World: Mechanisms of Change and Interactions Between Abiotic and Biotic Processes (SYMP 13)
 

Thursday, August 13: 

Biology, chance, and environment: Three contrasting perspectives on community structure and composition (OOS 80-4)

Speaker: Steve Jackson, Director, Southwest Climate Science Center 
Thursday, August 13, 2015: 2:30 PM
Organized Oral Session: External Influences on Ecological Theory: The Effects of Economic, Sociopolitical, Climatic, and Other Conditions (OOS 80)


Friday, August 14:

Chasing the tail: The importance of extremes in a changing climate (OOS 88-1)
Speaker: Alexander Gershunov, University of California San Diego; Southwest Climate Science Center funded research
Co-author: Steve Jackson, Director, Southwest Climate Science Center
Friday, August 14, 2015: 8:00 AM
Organized Oral Session: Extreme Disturbance Events Leading to Forest Ecosystem Change (OOS 88)


Other Items of Interest:

USGS Meet and Greet Reception
Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

The co-production of actionable science: A decision maker's perspective (OOS 74-1)
Speaker: David Behar, Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS)
Thursday, August 13, 2015: 1:30 PM
Organized Oral Session: Usable Science: Meeting the Needs of Decision Makers in a Changing World (OOS 74)

 

This year, the ESA is celebrating its centennial! The 100th Annual ESA Meeting will be held August 9-14, 2015, in Baltimore, MD. This meeting's theme is “Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating ESA’s Centennial”. http://esa.org/baltimore/

Posted: July 24, 2015

As Climate Warms Hawaiian Forest Birds Lose More Ground to Mosquitoes

USGS Press Release

Hawai‘i, the name alone elicits images of rhythmic traditional dancing, breathtaking azure sea coasts and scenes of vibrant birds flitting through lush jungle canopy. Unfortunately, the future of many native Hawaiian birds looks grim as diseases carried by mosquitoes are due to expand into higher elevation safe zones.

A new study published in Global Change Biology, by researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, assesses how global climate change will affect future malaria risk to native Hawaiian bird populations in the coming century.

Mosquito-carried diseases such as avian pox and avian malaria have been devastating native Hawaiian forest birds. A single mosquito bite can transfer malaria parasites to a susceptible bird, where the death rate may exceed 90 percent for some species. As a result, many already threatened or endangered native birds now only survive in disease-free refuges found in high-elevation forests where mosquito populations and malaria development are limited by colder temperatures. Unlike continental bird species, island birds cannot move northward in response to climate change or increased disease stressors, but must adapt or move to less hospitable habitats to survive.

“We knew that temperature had significant effects on mosquitoes and malaria, but we were surprised that rainfall also played an important role,” said USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit scientist Michael Samuel. “Additional rainfall will favor mosquitoes as much as the temperature change.”

With warming temperatures, mosquitoes will move farther upslope and increase in number. The authors expect high-elevation areas to remain mosquito-free, but only until mid-century when mosquito-friendly temperatures will begin to appear at higher elevations. Future increases in rainfall will likely benefit the mosquitoes as well.

Scientists know that historically, malaria has caused bird extinctions, but changing climates could affect the bird-mosquito-disease system in unknown ways. “We wanted to figure out how climate change impacts birds in the future,” said Wei Liao, post-doctorate at University of Wisconsin-Madison and lead author of the article.

As more mosquitoes move up the mountainside, disease-free refuges will no longer provide a safe haven for the most vulnerable species. The rate of disease infection is likely to speed up as the numbers of mosquitoes increase and more diseased birds become hosts to the parasites, continuing the cycle of infection to healthy birds.

Researchers conclude that future global climate change will cause substantial decreases in the abundance and diversity of remaining Hawaiian bird communities. Without significant intervention many native Hawaiian species, like the scarlet ‘I‘iwi with its iconic curved bill, will suffer major population declines or extinction due to increasing risk from avian malaria during the 21st century.

There is hope for the birds. Because these effects are unlikely to appear before mid-century, natural resource managers have time to implement conservation strategies to protect these unique species from further decimation. Land managers could work toward preventing forest bird number declines by restoring and improving habitat for the birds, reducing mosquitoes on a large scale and controlling predators of forest birds. 

“Hawaiian forest birds are some of the most threatened forest birds in the world,” said Samuel. “They are totally unique to Hawai‘i and found nowhere else. They are also important to the Hawaiian culture. And at this point, we still don’t fully understand what role they play as pollinators and in forest dynamics.”

The article, “Will a Warmer and Wetter Future Cause Extinction of Native Hawaiian Forest Birds?” can be found in the online edition of Global Change Biology.

The work was supported by the Department of Interior Pacific Islands Climate Science Center, which is managed by the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. The center is one of eight that provides scientific information to help natural resource managers respond effectively to climate change.

Image on page: The Hawaiian ‘I‘iwi, a native forest bird species only found in the Hawaiian Islands. Robby Kohley.

CSCs Participate in Cross-Cultural Collaboration Workshop for Climate Adaptation Solutions

Members of five Climate Science Centers (North Central, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast, & South Central) attended and participated in this year’s Rising Voices 3 (RV3) workshop in Boulder, CO on June 29-30, 2015 that was co-sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC).

CSC Participants at Rising VoicesThe workshop incorporated the theme of Learning and Doing: Education and Adaptation through Diverse Ways of Knowing. Rising Voices workshops are an opportunity for collaboration that facilitate cross-cultural approaches for adaptation solutions to climate variability and change. The Rising Voices “family” is made up of engaged indigenous leaders, indigenous and non-indigenous environmental experts, students, youth, and scientific professionals across the United States, including representatives from tribal, local, state, and federal resource management agencies, academia, tribal colleges, and research organizations. 

The two and a half day workshop focused on the following topics this year: water, health and livelihoods, phenology, and relocation. Working groups convened to generate discussion and follow-up action items. Additionally, some of the outcomes that RV3 aspired to are: developing new and stronger adaptation partnerships; ideas for improving curricula and student/early-career involvement; recommendations to catalyze national and international climate policy; and to jointly write reports, proceedings, and proclamations stemming from the workshop’s action items and building on previous Rising Voices workshop outcomes. Lastly, a robust evaluation process of Rising Voices, using scientific and indigenous metrics, is being carried out by the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainability Development Institute and staff of NCAR.

One of the most striking aspects of the workshop are the stories of climate impacts shared throughout the meeting coupled with impressive research and engagement of place by tribal youth. As in previous years, a strong Pacific Islands contingent was also present at RV3.

Several representatives from the CSCs that attended the workshop are pictured above. From left to right in the photo they are: on the first row: Brian Miller (North Central CSC Research Scientist) and Arwen Bird (with the University of Washington, Northwest CSC consortium member) and back: Aranzazu Lascurain (Southeast CSC Program Coordinator), Gary Collins (North Central CSC Joint Stakeholder Committee), Jeff Morisette (North Central CSC Federal Director), Marie Schaefer (with the College of Menominee Nation, Northeast CSC consortium member), Laura Farris (North Central CSC Joint Stakeholder Committee), Dennis Ojima (North Central CSC University Director) and Wendy Dorman (with the College of Menominee Nation, Northeast CSC consortium member). Shannon McNeeley (North Central CSC Research Scientist), Paulette Blanchard and Scott Ketchum (students affiliated with the CSC network) were also in attendance.

Staff from the Department of the Interior (DOI) outside of the CSCs included the active participation of Eric Wood, of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and the USGS Climate and Land Use Change representative for the Office of Tribal Relations, as well as Nicole Herman-Mercer of the USGS National Research Office in Denver. 

For more information on Rising Voices, visit: https://www.mmm.ucar.edu/rising-voices-home

Climate and Fires Tightly Linked Over the Past Century in the Northern Rocky Mountains

Despite large changes in forest management and fire suppression, climate strongly influences wildfire activity in the northern Rocky Mountains, according to research published by a team of University of Idaho and U.S. Geological Survey scientists.

The increase in wildfires in the past 30 years coincides with an increase in warm, dry summer conditions, according to the study. The same is true for a period in the early 20th century, including the dramatic fires of 1910. During a cooler, wetter period in the mid-20th century, fire activity decreased.

The team used previously published records documenting burned areas in Idaho and western Montana and compared fire patterns to seasonal climate records revealing the flammability of forest vegetation. The findings were published last week in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE, in a paper lead by Philip Higuera, associate professor in the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources. 

Wildfires are a natural component of most forests across the 46,000-square-mile study region, and the team wanted to better understanding how climate relates to periods of widespread burning — and if and how the relationship between climate and wildfire activity changed over the last 110 years.  

While climate and fire have been tightly linked over the past century, the work also suggests increased burning over the past several decades has been larger than expected based on climate alone, potentially related to the lack of burning during the mid 20th century.

“Climate has enabled fire across the Northern Rockies for the past hundred-plus years despite the significant role that humans have played in managing our lands. Our results suggest climate variability and change will continue to shape fire activity across the forests of the interior northwest,” says John Abatzoglou, UI associate professor of geography and coauthor of the study.

With warmer, drier conditions predicted in the future, many scientists expect large wildfires will become more common. By understanding the links between climate and wildfires in the past, this study helps provide context for understanding current wildfires and how forests may respond to future climate change.

Much of the Northwest and Northern Rockies are already in “moderate” or “severe” drought this summer.

“The tight link between fire and climate documented by this research suggests the potential for an unusually large fire season across much of the region,” Higuera said.

Jeremey Littell, co-author on the paper, is a research scientist with the Alaska Climate Science Center. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation and the University of Idaho. 

The paper can be found at: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0127563

University of Idaho Press Release

Picture on page by Greg Pederson, USGS

NE CSC Report Helps State Wildlife Managers in the Northeast and Midwest Alleviate Impacts of Climate Change

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.  

State fish and wildlife agencies in these regions will use the report to help them update their 10-year conservation plans to help hundreds of animal species and their habitats adapt to climate change.

“This useful report comes on the two-year anniversary of the President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which calls not only for reducing carbon pollution, but also for being prepared to avoid or alleviate the predicted impacts of climate change,” noted Suzette Kimball, acting director of the United States Geological Survey, which manages Interior’s eight climate science centers. “The Department of the Interior and its partners will use this information to protect many of America’s most iconic species ranging from whales and moose to tiny birds such as sparrows and warblers, as well as freshwater aquatic species including herring, brook trout, and mussels.”

Species of greatest conservation need identified in the report include moose, brook trout, American shad, Atlantic sturgeon, spruce grouse, piping plover, freshwater mussels and hundreds of other animal species and their habitats.

“This report will assist state natural resource managers in developing science-based conservation and adaptation actions that can help offset adverse effects of climate change on their state’s most climate-vulnerable species and ecosystems,” said Michelle Staudinger, lead author and USGS ecologist at the Northeast CSC, which is based at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 

The Northeast CSC region stretches from Maine to Minnesota, Missouri and  Maryland. The center is one of eight regional climate science centers established during the Obama Administration.  The mission of the Interior climate science centers, which are managed by the U.S. Geological Survey, is to guide policy makers and managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural areas about how to help species, ecosystems and human communities adapt to climate change.

The report, Integrating Climate Change into Northeast and Midwest State Wildlife Action Plans, is a tool to assist in the revision of 10-year state plans due in October 2015. State coordinators have been challenged to incorporate climate change impacts and species responses into their current revisions.

“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first regional synthesis of impacts on and responses by fish and wildlife to climate change,” said Staudinger. “The content of the report was developed through a stakeholder-driven process in which we specifically asked the states what they needed to know to inform their action plans, and then researched and delivered it.”

John O’Leary, assistant director of wildlife with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and member of the Interior Department’s advisory committee on climate change adaptation science, says the new report will be extremely valuable to state planners. “Including climate change in our action plans is critical,” O’Leary said. “With this report, the Northeast Climate Science Center provides us with the science, and we are the ones who will put it into action. We at the state level are trying to save many of our common species from facing really difficult problems in the future.”

“Natural resource managers in the northeastern and midwestern United States are faced with enormously complex challenges in dealing with the effects of climate change on habitats, species and ecosystems,” said Mary Ratnaswamy, director of the Northeast CSC.  “This report is designed to provide managers and policy makers with the science they need to sustain their state’s natural heritage.”

The report details how the Northeast and Midwest Regions of the United States “are vulnerable to a range of climate threats including extreme temperatures, heavy precipitation, sea level rise, and warming lake waters in the Great Lakes.”  It notes that, “These changes are likely to cause widespread ecosystem disruption in the region … resulting in adverse effects on wildlife.”

The in-depth document includes maps, charts and synthesis tables; and provides summaries of climate change assessments and projections for more than 30 climate factors such as air temperature, precipitation, soil moisture and sea level rise. It also has a regional overview of existing climate change vulnerability assessments, plus information on species and habitats at greatest risk to climate impacts. It offers short- and long-term adaptation strategies and actions available to natural resource agencies for conserving wildlife and ecosystems.

Report authors Staudinger and Toni Lyn Morelli are both USGS ecologists at the Northeast CSC, as well as adjunct faculty in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Author Alexander Bryan is a postdoctoral fellow with the USGS and the Northeast CSC. The authors collaborated with a range of partners including the environmental firm Terwilliger Consulting, the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science and the Wildlife Conservation Society, as well as received input from State Wildlife Action Plan coordinators, the Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

The Northeast CSC conducts climate change science for Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.   More: http://necsc.umass.edu/projects/integrating-climate-change-state-wildlife-action-plans

The Northeast CSC is supported by a consortium of partners that includes the University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Menominee Nation, Columbia University, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri Columbia, and University of Wisconsin. The NE CSC also engages and collaborates with a diversity of other federal, state, academic, tribal, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to conduct collaborative, stakeholder-driven, and climate-focused work to help species, ecosystems and human communities adapt to climate change.

RE-launch of the Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) Online Community

The Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF) is a science-based, unbiased venue for communication, collaboration, and professional development for early career scientists working on climate change. 

Today, an expanded and redesigned ECCF is being launched as part of a Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) funded initiative, “Early Career Climate Communications and Networking”.

The primary purpose of the ECCF is to support and build a national network of early career scholars and provide an online platform to facilitate and increase information sharing and networking across the Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers and consortium institutions. 

The new website and related products include a climate-focused blog with weekly posts from regular and guest writers; an interactive discussion board on climate, adaptation, and early-career focused discussion for members; information on career resources including climate-related job boards, listservs, professional development resources, fellowship opportunities, and writing and communication tools.

The ECCF will also provide an email listserv that allows dissemination of information to members about new research, funding opportunities, and career resources. Climate-related career resources, webinar announcements, requests for proposals, or communication tools can be shared with the ECCF community by sending an email directly to the ECCF listserv: eccforum-listserv@eco.umass.edu. Those interested in joining the listserv or that have questions can contact the ECCF at info@eccforum.org.

The redesign and relaunch is being led by Drs Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator of the NE CSC, and Ezra Markowitz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass Amherst.

Visit the ECCF >>

Reopening of Nomination Period for Members of ACCCNRS

Nominations are being accepted for membership on the federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS). Written nominations must be received by July 8, 2015. ACCCNRS advises the Secretary of the Interior on the operations of the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the eight Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs). 

Please send nominations to: Lisa LaCivita, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 516, Reston, VA 20192, nccwsc@usgs.gov.

In May 2015, membership terms for several committee members will expire, creating approximately 12 membership openings. The Department of the Interior is inviting nominations for individuals to be considered for these membership openings. Only nominations in response to this notice will be considered. Existing ACCCNRS members, whose terms are expiring, must be re-nominated during this open nomination period to be considered. Self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations should include a resume that describes the nominee's qualifications in enough detail to enable us to make an informed decision regarding meeting the membership requirements of the Committee and to contact a potential member. Additional information will be requested from those selected for final review before appointment. Members selected for appointment will be asked to identify an alternate who can participate in their stead; names of proposed alternates need not be submitted at this time.

The Department of the Interior is soliciting members for ACCCNRS to represent the following interests: (1) State and local governments, including state membership entities; (2) Nongovernmental organizations, including those whose primary mission is professional and scientific and those whose primary mission is conservation and related scientific and advocacy activities; (3) American Indian tribes and other Native American entities; (4) Academia; (5) Individual landowners; (6) Business interests.

In 2015 and later, the Committee will meet approximately 2 times annually, and at such times as designated by the DFO. The Secretary of the Interior will appoint members to the Committee. Members appointed as special Government employees are required to file on an annual basis a confidential financial disclosure report. No individual who is currently registered as a Federal lobbyist is eligible to serve as a member of the Committee.

 

New Report Synthesizes Climate Change Adaptation in U.S. Federal Agencies:

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) recently released a report that provides a ‘snapshot in time (2013-2014) of the status of climate change adaptation in Federal agencies that study and manage land and water resources’. The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) are highlighted in the report (see Page 54), along with programs from the Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, and several other Departments and bureaus. 

Access the Report: Climate Change Adaptation in United States Federal Natural Resource Science and Management Agencies: A Synthesis

Find us at the National Adaptation Forum! Don't Miss the Release of CRAVe!

The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), together with a number of federal and non-federal partners, is announcing this week, at the National Adaptation Forum, the release of a new online registry for vulnerability assessments! The Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe) is a new web-based community resource that houses information on assessments of the vulnerability of various natural and cultural resources to a changing climate. 

CRAVe portal screenshotVulnerability assessments are important for identifying resources that are most likely to be affected by climate change and providing insights on why certain resources are vulnerable. Consequently, they provide valuable information for informing climate change adaptation planning. CRAVe allows users to enter information about their vulnerability assessments and includes a public search of existing assessments for specific geographic regions, assessment targets or endpoints, managing entities, and other factors. CRAVe was developed by NCCWSC, EcoAdapt, and a number of other federal and non-federal partners.  The purpose of the tool is to share information among different organizations regarding climate change vulnerability and reduce duplicate efforts, which will, ultimately, increase the value of existing assessment investments.  

CRAVe is being inaugurally released this week (May 12-14, 2015) at the National Adaptation Forum (NAF) in St. Louis, Missouri during several sessions/events:

  • Poster: Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe): A Tool to Track Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: Tuesday 17:30 – 18:30
  • CAKE Tools Café: Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability (CRAVe): A Tool to Track Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: Tuesday 18:30 – 20:30
  • Symposium: CAKE Tools Café: Emerging Adaptation Tools and Resources From Around the Field: Wednesday 15:30 – 17:30

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Directors and staff from NCCWSC and several of the Climate Science Centers will also be participating at NAF and leading sessions on various topics:

  • Working Goup: Tribal Climate Adaptation: Working Together, Making Progress, and Charting the Course Forward: Tuesday 13:30 – 15:30 (NCCWSC)
  • Working Group: Identifying Decision‐Focused Climate Adaptation Activities and Aligning Priorities across Multiple Sectors and Scales in the Southeast United States: Tuesday 13:30 - 15:30 (Southeast CSC)
  • Symposium: Is it Doing Any Good? Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Adaptation ActivitiesTuesday 16:00 – 17:30 (Southwest CSC)
    Poster: Adapting to climate change impacts across the Northeast and Midwestern United States: Case studies from the Northeast Climate Science Center: Tuesday 17:30 – 18:30 (Northeast CSC)
  • Training Sessions: Climate Science Grant Writing Workshop for Tribes: Wednesday 13:00 – 15:00 (South Central CSC)
  • Working Group: Speaking Truth to Power and Power to Truth: Building a Two‐Way Street in Climate Change Assessments: Thursday 13:30 – 15:30 (South Central CSC)
    Symposium: Federal climate science and adaptation programs in the US: Identifying pathways for synergistic coordination and collaboration: Thursday 10:30-12:30 (Southwest CSC, Southeast CSC, NCCWSC)
  • Post-NAF (May 15) meeting on best practices for evaluation of GCMs and downscaled datasets: The South Central CSC will be holding an informal meeting to discuss “best practices” for evaluating global climate models and downscaled datasets as well as guidance for their use in climate assessments and planning. 
    Friday May 15 (8:00am-noon) at the Missouri Pacific Room at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel

NCCWSC/CSC participants at NAF include: Robin O'Malley (NCCWSC), Nicole DeCrappeo and Josh Foster (NW CSC), Kim Winton, Renee McPherson, Derek Rosendahl, Mike Langston, and April Taylor (SC CSC), Michelle Staudinger and Alex Bryan (NE CSC), Aranzazu Lascurain, Cari Furiness, Adam Terando, Adrienne Wootten and Elda Varela-Acevedo (SE CSC), and Steve Jackson and Carolyn Enquist (SW CSC).

We hope to see you there!