NCCWSC Climate Change Science and Management Webinar Series

Sagebrush across a Sage Steppe ecosystem, Tom Koerner, USFWS
Sagebrush Ecosystems in a Changing Climate: Key Opportunities for Adaptive Management
  • Speaker(s):
    • Matthew Germino, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
    Sagebrush steppe rangelands comprise a large fraction of North America, but they are in decline due to increases in wildfire and invasive plants, factors that relate strongly to climate and weather variability.  When... (Read More)
Mt Baker, WA
Drought Refugia: Remote Sensing Approaches and Management Applications
  • Speaker(s):
    • Jennifer Cartwright, USGS Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center
    During droughts, localized areas of the landscape (drought refugia) retain surface water and soil moisture needed to sustain wildlife and vegetation. Remote sensing from satellite imagery offers powerful tools to... (Read More)
Southeast Stream and Waterfall by Alan Cressler
Hydrologic Research and Assessment: From Local to Regional Scales
  • Speaker(s): Jacob LaFontaine
  • Affiliation(s): USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center
  • Estimates of streamflow are critical to inform natural resource managers about water availability for both human and ecological needs. Monitoring streamflow using a streamgage provides information about the amount and... (Read More)
Drought in a Corn Field, by Bob Nichols, USDA
Using Drought Forecasts to Improve Natural Resource Management
  • Speaker(s):
    • Richard Palmer, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Northeast Climate Science Center
    Natural resource managers face increasing challenges in dealing with drought. As competition for water increases between its various uses (water supply, energy demands, ecological services, recreation, and other... (Read More)
Drought conditions in a soybean field; Credit: Bob Nichols, USDA
Monitoring the exchange of moisture between the land and atmosphere to improve our understanding of drought
  • Speaker(s):
    • Gabriel Senay, U.S. Geological Survey
    • Imtiaz Rangwala, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
    Accurate information on the atmospheric evaporative demand (i.e., thirst of the atmosphere) and the land-surface evaporative response (i.e., moisture supply on the land to meet the evaporative demand) is extremely... (Read More)
Steep Creek at Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, AK; Photo by Teresa Haugh, USFS
Assessing Soil Moisture Availability across the Gulf of Alaska Region
  • Speaker(s):
    • David D’Amore, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
    The distribution of water on the landscape influences many ecological functions such as the distribution of vegetation, soil development and the cycle of chemical nutrients. All of these functions are subject to change... (Read More)
Dry stream bed in Upper Whitehorse Creek, Oregon
What is Ecological Drought? Exploring its impacts on natural and cultural resources
  • Speaker(s):
    • Shawn Carter and Laura Thompson (1); Shelley Crausbay (2), (1) USGS NCCWSC; (2) National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Drought imposes many tangible impacts on human food and water supplies, but the effects of drought can actually go much deeper. Long periods without rainfall can alter the delicate balance of natural ecosystems and harm... (Read More)
Alaska lake with Mountains and Forest in background
The Surprising Role of Trees in the Boreal Water Cycle
  • Speaker(s):
    • Jessie Young-Robertson and Uma Bhatt, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Approximately 25 to 50 percent of a living tree is made up of water, depending on the species and time of year. The water stored in trees has previously been considered just a minor part of the water cycle, but a study... (Read More)
Arch Cave, Florida
Karst, critters, and climate change: A multidisciplinary evaluation of karst species vulnerability to climate change
  • Speaker(s):
    • Barbara Mahler, U.S. Geological Survey
    One-half of North American imperiled species live in subterranean habitats, which largely are associated with karst (a type of landscape underlain by limestone that has been eroded over time, producing caves, sinkholes... (Read More)
Sprague River Basin, Oregon
A Framework for Evaluating the Vulnerability of Multiple Wildlife Species to Climate Change at Regional Scales
  • Speaker(s):
    • Meryl Mims, U.S. Geological Survey
    Frameworks for evaluating the vulnerability of multiple species to decline or extinction are increasingly needed by state and local agencies that are tasked with managing many species at once. USGS researchers in the... (Read More)
Wind River
Co-producing Science and Tools for Drought Preparedness with the Wind River Reservation's Tribal Water Managers
  • Speaker(s):
    • Shannon McNeeley, Colorado State University; North Central CSC
    The Wind River Reservation in west-central Wyoming is home of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes. The reservation has experienced severe drought impacts on Tribal livelihoods and cultural activities in... (Read More)
Upper Whitehorse Creek, Southeastern, OR
Understanding Water Availability Across Landscapes in a Time of Increasing Drought
  • Speaker(s):
    • Jason Dunham, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
    The permanence of stream flow in stream networks is a critical driver of water quality, in-stream and riparian ecological processes, and downstream water availability.  Scientists currently know remarkably little,... (Read More)
Trees and Snow
How Will Forests Affect Mountain Snow Storage in a Warming Climate?
  • Speaker(s):
    • Susan E. Dickerson-Lange, University of Washington
    Forests strongly influence snow processes and affect the amount and duration of snow storage on a landscape. Therefore, forest changes, from management activities or natural disturbances, have important consequences for... (Read More)
Man looking out at sea
Recreational Seascapes: Integrating Human and Mechanical Observations on Hawaiʻi Island
  • Speaker(s):
    • Noelani Puniwai, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
    Seascapes symbolize both the physical dimensions of ocean and coastal areas, as well as the meanings humans ascribe to their observations, interactions, and relationships to the sea. In Hawaiʻi, seascapes are... (Read More)
South Central landscape
Development and Implementation of a Regional Tribal Engagement Strategy
  • Speaker(s):
    • April Taylor, Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, South Central Climate Science Center
    For centuries, Native Americans have relied on natural resources to sustain their families, communities, traditional ways of life, and cultural identities. This relationship with both land and water makes indigenous... (Read More)
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Visualizing the Impact of Future Climate on Pine Forests
  • Speaker(s):
    • Ryan Boyles, North Carolina State University
    Loblolly pine is the most productive and valuable commercial forest species in the southeast U.S. and comprises 80% of the planted forestland in the southeast. Southeastern forests contain 1/3 of the contiguous U.S.... (Read More)
How to Prioritize Key Areas for Conservation Efforts in a Changing Climate: A Look at “Climate Refugia”
  • Speaker(s):
    • Toni Lyn Morelli, Northeast Climate Science Center
    When making important resource management decisions in the face of accelerating impacts from climate change, managers and conservation practitioners must prioritize areas for adaptation actions. “Climate refugia” are... (Read More)
Waterfall and Stream in Hawai'i
Turning Ecological Stream Classifications into Actionable Science
  • Speaker(s):
    • Ralph Tingley, Michigan State University
    Hawai'i’s freshwater streams are home to a unique assemblage of endemic fish, shrimp and snails that are threatened by human land uses and a changing climate.  Management products that support decision making in light... (Read More)
Collage of pictures with birds, deer, fish, and canyon
Moving toward the deliberate coproduction of climate science knowledge
  • Speaker(s):
    • Alison Meadow, University of Arizona
    • Dan Ferguson, University of Arizona
    Coproduction of knowledge is believed to be an effective way to produce usable climate science knowledge through a process of collaboration between scientists and decision makers. While the general principles of... (Read More)
What’s the Deal with Wisconsin’s Walleye? What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and What We Can Do About It
  • Speaker(s):
    • Gretchen Hansen, Wisconsin DNR
    • Dan Isermann, University of Wisconsin
    • Steve Carpenter, University of Wisconsin
    Walleye are an iconic sport fish species throughout North America. In Wisconsin, walleye populations have declined since the 1980’s, leading to substantial investment in walleye rehabilitation efforts. However, the... (Read More)
Past, Present and Future Effects of Land-use Changes on Functional Connectivity in the Southern Great Plains
  • Speaker(s):
    • Elena López Zozaya, Oklahoma State University
    • Kristen A. Baum, Oklahoma State University
    Originally dominated by prairies, the Southern Great Plains is now one of the largest grain, meat and natural gas producing regions in the United States. As a consequence of these and other human activities, such as... (Read More)
Deer, Birds, Wetlands, Turtle combination
An Introduction to CRAVe: A Climate Registry for the Assessment of Vulnerability
  • Speaker(s): Robin O'Malley and Laura Thompson
  • Affiliation(s): USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
  • 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 human resources to a changing... (Read More)
Using State-and-Transition Simulation Models to Guide Sustainable Management of Ecosystems: Three Case Studies from across the US
  • Speaker(s): Jennifer Costanza, Megan Creutzburg*, Brian Miller**
  • Affiliation(s): NC State University, *Portland State University, **Colorado State University
  • Sustainable management of natural resources under competing demands is challenging, particularly when facing novel and uncertain future climatic conditions. Meeting this challenge requires considering information about... (Read More)
Assessing the Relative Resilience Potential of Coral Reefs to Inform Management in the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Maynard
  • Affiliation(s): Marine Applied Research Center, Wilmington, NC
  • Reducing coral reef vulnerability to climate change requires that managers understand and support the natural resilience of coral reefs. To assist these managers, a team of researchers, supported by the Pacific Islands... (Read More)
Bull Trout
Rangewide Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Threatened Bull Trout
  • Speaker(s):
    • Jason Dunham, USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
    Bull trout is the most cold-adapted fish in freshwaters of the Pacific Northwest.  The species is listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, but climate change may place the species at further risk. ... (Read More)
Climate Change Vulnerability of Native Americans in the Southwest: A Case Study of Tribal Climate Adaptation Among the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
  • Speaker(s): Karletta Chief and Schuyler Chew
  • Affiliation(s): University of Arizona
  • Native American tribes throughout the Southwest are vulnerable to climate change due to intimate relationships with the environments and landscapes upon which their cultures, traditions, and livelihoods depend. The... (Read More)
Development of a Global Change Monitoring Portal: Pilot Project for the Southeastern US
  • Speaker(s): Cari S. Furiness
  • Affiliation(s): North Carolina State University
  • A significant challenge faced by climate scientists and land managers in the public and private sectors is the need for reliable and complete information about the status of ecosystem components (e.g. air, land, water,... (Read More)
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Climate Change and Federal Land Management: Assessing Priorities Using a Social Network Approach
  • Speaker(s): Mark Schwartz
  • Affiliation(s): University of California, Davis
  • Many federal agencies are currently striving to plan for climate change adaptation.  Researchers for this project explored 1) the degree to which federal resource managers believe that climate change adaptation is... (Read More)
Fish in water
Predicting Climate Change Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems across the Pacific Northwest
  • Speaker(s): Clint C Muhlfeld
  • Affiliation(s): USGS, Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, Glacier National Park
  • Trout and salmon populations, which play a critical role in many ecosystems and economies, have dramatically declined in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) due to habitat degradation and fragmentation and introductions of... (Read More)
Extreme Climate Events and Species Population Dynamics: Overriding Influence or Not Such a Big Deal?
  • Speaker(s): Keith H. Nislow
  • Affiliation(s): USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station and U of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Extreme events (floods, droughts, and fires) have a high public profile and changes in their frequency, magnitude, and duration have been linked to changes in climate.  For species populations, these events are often... (Read More)
Climate Change, Mountain Pine Beetles, and Whitebark Pine Forests of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  • Speaker(s): Polly C. Buotte
  • Affiliation(s): University of Idaho
  • Whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) is an important, high-elevation tree species that provides critical habitat for wildlife and supplies valued ecosystem services.  These trees currently face multiple threats, including... (Read More)
Sea-level Rise Modeling Handbook: Resource Guide for Coastal Land Managers, Engineers, and Scientists
  • Speaker(s): Thomas W. Doyle
  • Affiliation(s): USGS National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, LA
  • A sea-level rise modeling handbook has been developed as a natural resource manager’s guide of the science and simulation models for understanding the dynamics and impacts of sea-level rise on our coastal ecosystems.  ... (Read More)
Integrated Scenarios of the Future Northwest Environment
  • Speaker(s): Philip Mote
  • Affiliation(s): Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, Oregon State University
  • As scientists strive to understand and predict the effects of climate change on the Northwest's fish, wildlife, hydrology, and ecosystem services, a foundational piece of knowledge they require is how the climate, the... (Read More)
Climate-sensitive, Insular Ecosystems of the Southeastern U.S.: The State of the Science and a Case Study of Limestone Cedar Glades in the Central Basin of Tennessee
  • Speaker(s): Jennifer Cartwright
  • Affiliation(s): USGS Tennessee Water Science Center
  • In the Southeastern U.S., “insular ecosystems” may be particularly vulnerable to ecological effects from climate change. These insular ecosystems share a few key biogeographic characteristics: (1) occurrences that are... (Read More)
The USA National Phenology Network: Informing Science, Conservation and Resource Management
  • Speaker(s): Jake Weltzin
  • Affiliation(s): U.S. Geological Survey; USA National Phenology Network
  • The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN; serves science and society by promoting a broad understanding of plant and animal phenology and the relationships among phenological patterns and all aspects... (Read More)
Application of High Resolution Climate Models to Benefit Avian Conservation in the Prairie Pothole Region, Northern Great Plains
  • Speaker(s): Susan Skagen*, John Stamm*, Valerie Steen**
  • Affiliation(s): *U.S. Geological Survey, **Colorado State University
  • The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) contains millions of small prairie wetlands that provide critical habitat to migrating and breeding birds. To examine potential effects of climate change on birds of the U.S. PPR, we... (Read More)
Predicted Climate Change Effects on Fisheries Habitat and Production in the Great Lakes
  • Speaker(s): David "Bo" Bunnell
  • Affiliation(s): USGS Great Lakes Science Center
  • Great Lakes fishery managers and stakeholders have little information regarding how climate change could affect the management of recreationally and commercially important fisheries, which have been valued at more than... (Read More)
Historical Trends in Summer Precipitation, Baseflows, and Stormflows in New England and Projections of Seasonal Streamflows for Coastal Streams in Maine
  • Speaker(s): Robert Dudley and Glenn Hodgkins
  • Affiliation(s): USGS Maine Office, New England Water Science Center
  • USGS has documented historical trends (1950-2006) toward increasing summer precipitation, baseflows, and stormflows for unregulated streams in much of New England. Increases were large (>20%) in many places, and very... (Read More)
Ungulates and Climate Change: an Examination of the Potential Impacts
  • Speaker(s): Matthew Kauffman
  • Affiliation(s): USGS Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
  • The influence of climate change on migratory ungulates of the Rocky Mountains remains uncertain.  As climate change leads to advancing phenology, trophic mismatches can occur when migratory individuals arrive on summer... (Read More)
Bringing Order to Chaos: ScienceBase and Other Project Lifecycle Tools
  • Speaker(s): Emily Fort
  • Affiliation(s): USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
  • The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is managing activities at 8 regional Climate Science Centers (CSCs), each of whom fund multiple projects annually and coordinate with many stakeholders... (Read More)
From Icefield to Ocean: Impacts of Glacier Change in Alaska
  • Speaker(s): Shad O'Neel* and Eran Hood**
  • Affiliation(s): *USGS Alaska Science Center, **University of Alaska Southeast
  • Mountains ringing the Gulf of Alaska host large maritime glaciers that are experiencing some of the highest rates of volume loss on Earth.  These rapidly changing glaciers demonstrate tight physical and ecological... (Read More)
Can Camouflage Keep up With Climate Change? White Hares on Brown Snowless Backgrounds as a Model to Study Adaptation to Climate Stress
  • Speaker(s): L. Scott Mills
  • Affiliation(s): University of Montana
  • One of the most important scientific questions for wildlife management in the face of climate change is whether animals will be able to locally adapt, allowing them to persist in place without need for corridors or... (Read More)
Relationships among Climate, Water Quality and Toxic Blooms of Golden Alga in Texas
  • Speaker(s): Reynaldo Patino
  • Affiliation(s): USGS Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
  • Changes in air temperature and precipitation patterns associated with global climate change are anticipated to regionally affect the quality and quantity of inland surface waters and consequently their suitability as... (Read More)
Impacts of Climate Change and Melting Glaciers on Coastal Ecosystems in the Nearshore Waters of the Gulf of Alaska
  • Speaker(s): John Crusius
  • Affiliation(s): USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program
  • The northern Gulf of Alaska (GoA) maintains a productive ecosystem, with commercially important fisheries.  Virtually all of the many glaciers that line the northern GoA coast are retreating, yet the impacts on the... (Read More)
A Mammal's Take On The Rapture Hypothesis, Jacob's Ladder, And Other Notions Of Doom, Gloom, And Predictable Uniform Change In High Elevation Ecosystems In The Sierra Nevada Range Part 1
  • Speaker(s): Robert Klinger
  • Affiliation(s): USGS Western Ecological Research Center
  • It is often assumed that warming temperatures and altered precipitation patterns will lead to loss or alteration of habitat for many alpine mammal species, ultimately resulting in decreased range, lower abundance, and... (Read More)
Fish Habitat and Climate Change: A Coarse Scale National Assessment with Finer Scale Assessment of Midwestern Streams and Lakes
  • Speaker(s): Yin-Phan Tsang*, Damon Krueger*, Bill Herb**
  • Affiliation(s): *Michigan State University, **University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • This webinar is Part 2 in a set of two presentations. Part 1 was held on Thursday, April 11. The effects of climate change on fish habitat will be scale-and system-dependent.  Our work demonstrates how climate change... (Read More)
Fish Habitat and Climate Change: Implications for the Desert Southwest, Midwestern Smallmouth Bass, and Eastern Brook Trout
  • Speaker(s): Joanna Whittier*, Craig Paukert**, Tyrell Deweber***
  • Affiliation(s): *University of Missouri, **Missouri CFWRU, ***Penn State University
  • This webinar is Part 1 in a set of two presentations. Part 2 was held on Thursday, May 9. The effects of climate change on freshwater fishes and their habitats will likely not be consistent among species or habitats so... (Read More)
Breaking Traditional Barriers to Model Climate Change and Land Use Impacts on Freshwater Mussels
  • Speaker(s): Thomas Kwak
  • Affiliation(s): North Carolina Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, NC State University
  • Global declines in the abundance and diversity of freshwater mussels have been attributed to a wide array of human activities that cause pollution, water-quality degradation, and habitat destruction.  These... (Read More)
Preliminary Results from “La Florida” - A Land of Flowers on a Latitude of Deserts
  • Speaker(s): Thomas Smith
  • Affiliation(s): Southeast Ecological Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
  • In this project we down-scaled three global climate models to a regional scale for the southeast United States.  The three GCMs were the Community Climate System Model v3.0, the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory... (Read More)
Providing the Science for Natural and Cultural Resource Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Speaker(s): Shawn Carter
  • Affiliation(s): USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
  • The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) works to provide natural resource managers with the scientific tools and information they need to develop and execute management... (Read More)
Downscaling climate change models to local site conditions: effects of sea-level rise and extreme events on coastal habitats and their wildlife
  • Speaker(s): John Takekawa
  • Affiliation(s): Western Ecological Research Center
  • Coastal land managers are faced with many challenges and uncertainties in planning adaptive strategies for conserving coastal habitats at the land-sea interface under future climate change scenarios.  As transitional... (Read More)
Predicting Climate Change Threats to Estuaries in the Pacific Northwest
  • Speaker(s): Deborah Reusser
  • Affiliation(s): Western Fisheries Research Center
  • Pacific Northwest estuaries offer a diversity of habitats critical to fish and fowl. Global climate change and sea-level rise will have profound effects on estuarine fish, shellfish and wildlife populations and their... (Read More)
The Potential Influence of Changing Climate on the Persistence of Rocky Mountain Native Salmonids: What Information Will We Need to Manage for the Future?
  • Speaker(s): Jeffrey Kershner, Steven Hostetler
  • Affiliation(s): USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, USGS National Research Program
  • Bioclimatic models predict large reductions in native trout across the Rocky Mountains this century but lack specific details regarding how this change will occur. This project addresses the need for more complete... (Read More)
Geo Data Portal: Translating Climate Data for Geographic Analysis
  • Speaker(s): Nathaniel Booth and Adam Terando
  • Affiliation(s): CIDA, NCSU
  • Landscape studies of climate change impacts often require a large range of data products and processing. The Geo Data Portal (GDP) was developed with support from the NCCWSC in response to the wide practice in... (Read More)