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Nebraska State Climate Office Quarterly Newsletter Launched

The Nebraska State Climate Office is launching its quarterly newsletter with the Winter 2016 edition of Climate Dispatch. The first issue, attached, introduces the office and director Martha Shulski and includes a winter outlook by Al Dutcher, Agriculture Extension Climatologist with NSCO and a look at the statewide weather network, The Nebraska Mesone. Check their site for new issues of the quarterly publication. 

Missouri Basin La Niña Impacts and Outlook

This December 2016 - February 2017 La Niña impacts and outlook summary produced by NOAA includes temperature and precipitation outlooks, impacts for agriculture and the economy, and La Niña predictions for the Missouri River Basin. Download the attached or find the summary on NOAA's reports page. 

National Park Service Climate Change Response Program Newsletter

The National Park Service has compiled a 2016 Q2 Climate Change Response Program Newsletter detailing projects relevant to the NC CSC region, including the future ecoogy of Crater Lake in Colorado and scaling climate adaptation in the Northern Great Plains.

Andrew Hansen of Montana State University Recognized by NCCWSC

Our affiliate out of Montana State University Andrew Hansen was recently recognized by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) for his work on the vulnerability of national parks to climate and land use change. Read more from NCCWSC here or visit websites with the NC CSC project or full paper

TopoWX Annual Update Complete

The online topoclimatic air temperature dataset TopoWX went through a round of annual updates that included incorporating new observations and utilizing enhanced models. For the newest datasets (1948-2015), visit ScienceBase or the U.S. Geological Survey Geo Data Portal

The dataset is open source and represents the conterminous U.S. states. Because the data have been updated, new versions of TopoWX are not compatible with older versions. 


The latest in a series of Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook newsletters was just released for the Missouri River basin states. This newsletter offers an engaging two-page snapshot of recent weather and climate events and anomalies, discusses regional weather impacts on the region's ecosystems and economy, and offers a climate forecast for the coming three months.

This publication - developed in partnership with many federal, state, local, and academic contributions - is released in September, December, March and June.

Climate Change in Wildlands Book Available

"Climate Change in Wildlands is an important contribution to park managers and scientists facing the daunting challenges of climate change. The authors articulate a strategy informed by science and practical experience, and work closely with park managers to identify threats to resources and options for responding. Climate change may be the biggest challenge the National Park Service has ever faced. This volume will be a critical guide to a second century of park stewardship."

--Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Get it here for a 20% discount using the code 4PIONEER.

NCCSC Recognized with Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

The NCCSC was recently granted an Honorable Mention by the 2016 Climate Adaptation Leadership Awards for its work on an assessment of how key habitat types could be affected by climate change in Colorado’s 2016 State Wildlife Action Plan, part of a collaboration with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program

Interdisciplinary Team Leading Community Data Integration Project

The USGS Information Science Branch is improving scientific data management through transparency and reproducibility after being awarded funding based on the recent proposal, “Facilitating the USGS Scientific Data Management Foundation by Integrating the Process into Current Scientific Workflow Systems.” This Community for Data Integration (CDI) project supports scientists who may have limited knowledge of information science or limited resources by providing an exemplar that the USGS can point to as it institutes new standards for producing repeatable science.


The Regional Climate Outlooks offer an engaging two-page snapshot of recent weather and climate events and anomalies; discusses regional weather impacts on the region's ecosystems and economy; and offers a climate forecast for the coming three months.