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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.

NC CSC El Nino Webinar Draws a Crowd

The current El Nino weather pattern moving over the continental US has a 90% chance of lasting through the fall and around an 85% chance of lasting through the 2015-16 winter, which could mean a warm season for parts of the north central region according to Imtiaz Rangwala and Joe Barsugli, climate drivers team leads for the North Central Climate Science Center.

Director Dennis Ojima Featured on NASA Earth Data Blog

North Central Climate Science Center co-director Dennis Ojima was the subject of a June 2015 feature in NASA’s EOSDIS blog “Who Uses NASA Earth Science Data?” Prof. Ojima, who works in the Ecosystem Science and Sustainability Dept. and is a Senior Research Scientist at Colorado State University’s Natural Resources Ecology Lab, uses NASA resources to learn about ecosystem responses to climate and land use change in the north central US.

Climate Driver’s Team Lead Publishes Article on Warming in Boreal Midlatitudes

Imtiaz Rangwala, co-lead of the North Central Climate Science Center’s climate drivers foundational science area, recently published an article on elevation dependent warming in boreal midlatitudes.

Early Career Climate Forum Redesigns Website to Foster Exchange of Ideas, Resources

Introduced in 2012 following a week-long workshop organized by the Northwest Climate Science Center, the Early Career Climate Forum was designed to offer young professionals and researchers a platform to exchange ideas, resources, and opportunities with their counterparts throughout the country. The forum focuses on three themes: early career development and next steps, communicating climate complexities, and climate science and research.

PhenoCam Installed at Oakville Prairie Biological Field Station

With assistance from the North Central Climate Science Center, University of North Dakota (UND) researchers have installed the newest PhenoCam at the Oakville Prairie Biological Research Center, an 800 acre tall-grass prairie community in the Red River Valley. The camera will monitor a small section of prairie land, capturing images every half an hour and sending them to a University of New Hampshire server via a cellular signal.