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NASA DEVELOP Team wins 2015 National Virtual Poster Session

Congratulations to the NASA DEVELOP Team for winning the 2015 National Virtual Poster Session for their project titled "A Changing Landscape: Monitoring Cheatgrass with Satellite Imagery". The project used remote sensing to study cheatgrass cover across the area burned by the Arapaho Fire in south central Wyoming. Partners of this project include the North Central Climate Science Center, Wyoming Fish and Game Department, and US Forest Service in Laramie, WY.

Happy New Year from the NC CSC!

Happy New Year from the NC CSC! Check out our word cloud to see what center staff and partners have been up to in 2015. We're looking ahead to a productive 2016!

December 2015 NOAA Quarterly Regional Climate Outlooks: Missouri Basin

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.

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

WWA released Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) Report

The Western Water Assessment recently released a short informational report describing the Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI). EDDI is a drought index that can serve as an indicator of both rapidly evolving “flash” droughts (developing over a few weeks) and sustained droughts (developing over months but lasting up to years).

NC CSC Director, Jeff Morisette, Chair of the NASA Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) User Working Group (UWG)

NC CSC Director, Jeff Morisette, became the chair of the NASA Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC) User Working Group (UWG). The LP DAAC operates as a partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and is a component of NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). Data specialists, system engineers, user service representatives, and outreach staff work together to support LP DAAC activities and distribute data to the remote sensing community.

North Central Climate Science Center Releases Conference Summary Report and Video

The North Central Climate Science Center recently released a Summary Report and Video highlighting key elements of its May 2015 Open Science Conference held at Colorado State University.

NCUC Member, Diane Debinski, Gives Seminar Hosted by SE CSC

NCUC member, Diane Debinski of Iowa State University, gave a seminar at North Carolina State University hosted by the SE CSC entitled “Combining Observational and Experimental Studies to Examine Plant and Insect Responses to Climate Change.”   

It is posted as a webinar here:



NC CSC's Ojima and McNeeley Authors of Great Plains Book

Dennis Ojima, NC CSC University Director, and Shannon McNeeley, NC CSC research scientist, are co-authors of the newly released Great Plains Regional Technical Input Report.

Missouri River Basin El Niño Report

The NC CSC recently participated in a regional collaboration with the High Plains Regional Climate Center, among others, to produce the Missouri River Basin El Niño report. This fact sheet explains some of the expected impacts of the 2015 El Niño event on the Missouri River Basin, as well as the outlook for the early spring.

You can view the fact sheet here:



Evapotranspiration Data Added to Climate Dashboard

Through partnership with the CIRES Western Water Assessment (WWA) at the University of Colorado and the U.S. Geological Survey  Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, the North Central Climate Science Center was recently able to add an Evapotranspiration (ET) Anomaly product to the Rocky Mountains – High Plains Climate Dashboard, which is a recent extension of the WWA's Intermountain West Climate Dashboard.