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Katharine Hayhoe Discusses Climate Opportunities at Iowa State

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, North Central CSC University Consortium partner Iowa State University hosted Dr. Katharine Hayhoe for a presentation on "Climate Urgency & How Iowa Farmers and Businesses Can Take the Lead".

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CSU's Conservation Leadership through Learning Students Visit Climate Science Center

Students from Colorado State University’s Conservation Leadership through Learning Program visited with members of the North Central Climate Science Center on April 16th to learn about the work of the NC CSC and its application to conservation management.

Media Spotlight: Scaling Climate Change Adaptation in the Northern Great Plains through Regional Climate Summaries and Local Qualitative-Quantitative Scenario Planning Workshops

The North Central Climate Science Center is excited to announce the five solicited projects recommended for funding in 2015. These projects will guide the research of the NC CSC into the future, ensuring that we build on our foundational science areas and drive research that has direct management implications.

Media Spotlight: Forecasting Changes in Sagebrush Distribution and Abundance under Climate Change: Integration of Spatial, Temporal, and Mechanistic Models

For the last month, the North Central Climate Science Center has been highlighting each of the recently announced projects recommended for funding in 2015 that will guide our revamp work in the years to come. This week, we will look at a project lead by Benjamin Poulter of Montana State University entitled “Forecasting Changes in Sagebrush Distribution and Abundance under Climate Change: Integration of Spatial, Temporal, and Mechanistic Models.

CoCoRaHS to Measure Precipitation at White House Garden

Precipitation is arguably one of the most important – and most fluctuating – components of climate. Effective methods of monitoring rainfall, snowpack, and drought are vital to adaptive management, but gathering this information in densely-packed urban areas can sometimes be difficult.

Media Spotlight: The Wind River Indian Reservations’ Vulnerability to the Impacts of Drought and the Development of Decision Tools to Support Drought Preparedness

For the month of March, the North Central Climate Science Center will be highlighting each of the recently announced projects recommended for funding in 2015 that will guide our revamp work in the years to come. This week, we will look at a project lead by Dr. Cody Knutson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln entitled “The Wind River Indian Reservation’s Vulnerability to the Impacts of Drought and the Development of Decision Tools to Support Drought Preparedness.”

Media Spotlight: Informing Adaptation Strategies for Maintaining Landscape Connectivity for Norther Rockies Wildlife in the Face of Climate Change

For the month of March, the North Central Climate Science Center will be highlighting each of the recently announced projects recommended for funding in 2015 that will guide our revamp work in the years to come. This week, we will look at a project lead by Steven Hostetler of the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center entitled “Informing Adaptation Strategies for Maintaining Landscape Connectivity for Northern Rockies Wildlife in the Face of Climate Change.

NC CSC Staff Connects with Partners at National Conservation Training Center Course

Staff from the North Central Climate Science Center recently participated in a combined offering of the National Conservation Training Center’s Climate-Smart Conservation and Scenario-Planning course alongside a number of participants from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, two Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Wildlife Federation.

Media Spotlight: Understanding dynamics of land use switching with satellite and field level data in context of climate change

For the month of March, the North Central Climate Science Center will be highlighting each of the recently announced projects recommended for funding in 2015 that will guide our revamp work in the years to come. This week, we will look at a project lead by Iowa State University’s David Hennessy titled “Understanding dynamics of land use switching with satellite and field level data in context of climate variability.”

Ancient fires help scientists understand current and future trends

Fire is a naturally occurring force in the landscape effecting nutrient cycling, hydrology, vegetation, and wildlife. Fire regimes - the frequency, size and intensity of fires - are the result of complex environmental interactions.  Changes in fire regimes have already been observed in the Western United States and have significant ecological and socioeconomic impacts. Scientists are working to better understand the interplay of human and climatic influences on fire regimes at different temporal and spatial scales.

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