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Improving the National Water Census using Remote Sensing Data

As remote sensing data from the  U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Landsat satellite continue to improve, scientists met recently to see whether remotely-sensed irrigation water use data could be incorporated into the National Water Census (NWC). 

The NWC provides information that resource managers use to assess the supply, use, and availability of the nation’s water. 

Introducing LERI

Introducing LERI, a new high-resolution and remotely-sensed drought monitoring tool

Key points:

  • Remotely-sensed
  • High resolution (1 km)
  • Measures deviations in the evapotranspiration response from land
  • Indicates relative dryness in top soil layers
  • Complements other drought indices and modeled soil moisture products
  • Drought early warning and wildfire risk potential

Meeting Briefs: Drought Synthesis Workshop

Throughout the Intermountain West, there has been significant investment in drought social science - for example, how local governance can facilitate or impede drought response. Yet we still lack understanding of how human dimensions of drought are similar and different across cases and regions.

In June, the NC CACS convened social scientists studying drought in the region to discuss commonalities, identify emerging research needs, and plan for future collaborations. The ultimate goal is to synthesize regional social science drought research. 

Call for abstracts: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on #Drought and Drought Decisions

USGS and the NC CASC are co-conveneing a session at the American Geophysical Union's 2018 fall meeting in Washington, D.C. titled, "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Drought and Drought Decisions" (PA036), which falls under the SWIRL theme of Science and Society. Submit your abstracts by August 1 at 23:59 EDT to take part. 

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).