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Meeting Briefs: CPASW, May 2018

Meeting Briefs: Montana Mountain Goat Working Group, May 2018

New Opportunity for Native Students

Call for Student Participants

Haskell Indian Nations University is looking for participants for an upcoming National Science Foundation funded workshop focused on Mentoring Our Own Native Scientists (MOONS). It will take place between Sept 19-21, 2018 at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. For full consideration as a fully funded participant, please apply by June 30, 2018. Application details included below.

Welcoming a new NC CASC staff intern, Amanda West

The NC CASC is pleased to welcome a new staff intern, Amanda West, who will be contributing to project management, event planning, communications, and other administrative efforts. West is a junior at CSU who is majoring in sociology.

"With my degree in sociology, I hope to pursue a career in Law, higher education and general education, and interdisciplinary program implementation. It is very much to accomplish, and I am sure that it will be possible." - West

Management focus: Applying climate scenarios to National Park Service planning

Management highlight: Applying climate scenarios to National Park Service planning

Incorporating climate variability and change into resource management planning can complicate an already difficult process. The variety of climate models, emissions scenarios, and downscaling methods creates uncertainty about which future climate to plan for and how to balance conflicting management needs within the possibilities.

New Name, Same Mission

Our name has changed, but our mission remains the same. In the fiscal year 2018 federal budget, the name of the Climate Science Centers (CSCs) was changed to the Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs). The name of the USGS National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), which manages the eight regional centers, also has a new name - the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC).

NC CASC welcomes Donal O'Leary, a new NSF GRIP intern, for summer 2018

Starting this May, the NC CASC will begin working with Donal O'Leary, a second-year PhD student in the University of Maryland's Department of Geographical Sciences, on a project to study the effects of climate on the plant species of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. O'Leary has an interest in environmental science and geography and particularly, climate/ecosystem interactions on public lands. 

Winter Missouri River Basin Quarterly Climate Outlook Available

During December - February 2018, temperatures and precipiation varied. A new Quarterly Outlook from the National Integrated Drought Information System outlines temperature and precipitation anomalies as well as notable impacts for the region. 

Urban Microclimates - Tracking Tree Seasonality in Boulder, CO

Urban Microclimates - Tracking Tree Seasonality in Boulder, CO

- Deidre Jaeger, NSF Graduate Research Internship Program fellow, in a PhD program at CU-Boulder

Working Toward a Better Climate Forecast

Using Climate Data to Improve Long-Term Forecasting

Ranchers, farmers, land managers, and many others take a keen interest in long-term – e.g., three- to six-month – forecasting, a highly complex endeavor with a lot of moving parts. One potential tool may, in fact, come from larger-scale climate drivers, such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO).