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New Research: Cultures of Water in the South Platte River Basin

A graduate student researcher affiliated with the NC CSC, Trevor Even, will be undertaking a new project entitled "Cultures of Water in the South Platte Basin," a social-ecological exploration of climate change adaptation planning. Even was awarded with funding from the James E. Ellis Humans and the Environment Scholarship for this project. 

Fall Missouri River Basin Quarterly Climate Outlook Available

September - November, 2017 were unseasonably warm and dry for the Missouri River Basin. A new Quarterly Outlook from the National Integrated Drought Information System outlines temperature and precipitation anomalies as well as notable impacts for the region. 

New Video: NC CSC Funding Update, Stakeholder Survey Results

At the December 2017 monthly update call, the NC CSC discussed:

  • Impacts of the federal budget, including for project funding
  • Emerging themes from the ongoing strategic planning process
  • Results of a recent "quality of service" survey 

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NC CSC Featured in High Country News

The CSCs, including the NC CSC, were recently featured in an article published in High Country News. The article discusses research, regional climate impacts, and goals of the CSCs. "The center[s] uniquely focus on what climate science means for the day-to-day work of land managers as they cope with melting glaciers, deeper and more frequent droughts, longer wildfire seasons, hotter air and water temperatures, rising sea levels and more intense rainstorms." Read more on the High Country News website

NC CSC to Collaborate on Hurricane Research

The 2017 hurricane season has heavily impacted many Caribbean countries and coastal U.S. states. 

Gabriel Senay of the NC CSC and the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) has begun working with Jerry McMahon (Southeast Climate Science Center, SE CSC) and Dave Sumner (USGS Caribbean-Florida Water Science Center) to study the impact of these recent hurricanes on landscape changes and hydrologic fluxes. The collaboration with SE CSC will focus on the Virgin Islands, while the Caribbean-Florida Center will focus on Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. 

The team plans tocompile and process satellite data and streamflow records to provide information on landscape recovery rates and changes to eco-hydrologic processes.

WInd River Project Team Honored with Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

In the spring of 2017, the NC CSC's Wind River Drought Preparedness project team was awarded with a Climate Adaptation Leadership Award alongside the project's many partners and regional collaborators in the "broad partnership" category for "demonstrating exemplary leadership in reducing climate-related threats and promoting adaptation of the nation’s natural resources." Read more about the award and about the project that earned this broad partnershp accolade. 

EcoDrought Project Featured in NDMC Newsletter

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), based out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, posted a new issue of DroughtScape this week featuring the work of one of our colelagues, Shelley Crausbay. Shelley is part of a Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group on Ecological Drought that has been creating a working definition and framework for applying an ecological drought approach to science, planning, and policy management. This new definition of drought takes into consideration the health of ecosystems and how healthy ecosystems in turn benefit human communities. Read more and learn more about ecological drought and the working group

Announcing Newly Funded NC CSC Projects

The NC CSC recently received funding for several projects, including a project that will help groups like state fish and wildlife agencies, USFWS, tribes, and other natural resource management and conservation agencies reduce species decline, plus many more new and continued regional projects.

Read the Latest Nebraska State Climate Office Newsletter

The latest Nebraska State Climate Office newsletter has arrived, with updates on eclipse streaming, the National Mesonet Program, and Arctic climate resilience research. 

Project Collaboration with CSU and CEMML Featured in CSU News

CSU's news page, SOURCE, recently featured an article about a project the NC CSC is collaborating on with CSU researchers and CEMML. NC CSC staff are contributing time, expertise, and computing resources, such as scenario modeling, to the project, which involves creating climate scenarios, impacts statements, and adaptation strategies for various U.S. Air Force bases. Some examples of the work include species vulnerability assessments under future climate scenarios for Air Force base lands. The NC CSC is also contributing to capacity building as part of this project - several CSU students have been looped into the research process and are involved with its resulting products.