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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. 

Watch the NC CSC Strategic Planning Webinar

On August 17, 2017, the NC CSC's director Robin O'Malley hosted a webinar to kick off our strategic planning process. The webinar is now posted to our YouTube page, and a transcript is available (attached to this announcement). 

NC CSC Attending ESA 2017 Meeting

Members of the NC CSC are attending the 2017 Ecological Society of America meeting in Portland, OR from August 6-11, 2017. Several CSCs are giving presentations, including several from NC CSC researchers. #ESA2017

New Northern Plains Drought Impacts and Outlook Available

A special edition July 2017 Drought Impacts and Outlook briefing is available from our research partners. The briefing discusses 2017 drought conditions across the Northern Plains and potential impacts. 

See also: past drought briefings and El Niño/La Niña impacts and outlook reports

NC CSC Welcomes Robin O'Malley as Director (USGS)

The NC CSC welcomes Robin O'Malley, formerly Policy and Partnership Coordinator at the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), as its new Director (USGS). O'Malley has been with NCCWSC since its founding, and will continue his work within the CSC network at the North Central. O'Malley's extensive background includes environmental reporting, natural resource policy development and analysis, and program management.

New Climate Dispatch Newsletter from Nebraska State Climate Office

May's Climate Dispatch is available, with stories on major weather events and a 90-day forecast. Stay up-to-date with the latest Nebraska climate news on the Nebraska Climate Office website.