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Climate Change a Hot Topic at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium

Students from the north central region presented last week at CSU's Front Range Student Ecology Symposium on a variety of ecological issues relevant to furthering our understanding of climate change impacts. In particular, students addressed the ecological implications of changing temperature, the resiliency of certain plants to drought conditions, and how climatic changes are shifting the range of some species into new territories. 

NC CSC Publishes Winter 2015 Newsletter

The North Central Climate Science Center published its second newsletter in February with a focus on capacity building. The newsletter is a quarterly production that recognizes work that has been done by the CSC partners and highlights upcoming events, conferences, and research opportunties. Click here to sign up.

NC CSC Supports Opportunities for Youth Science Education

As CSC staff in the North Central Region worked with tribal leaders and land managers last year to prepare for the impacts of climate change, Capacity Building Lead Geneva Chong focused efforts on informing the next generation of resource managers and scientists.

Dennis Ojima Co-Leads Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Report

Feb 12, 2015

Dennis Ojima, the CSU director for the North Central Climate Science Center, recently co-led a team of researchers in the publication of the Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Report. The paper is the result of collaboration between the University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, and the Colorado Energy Office aimed at exposing state-wide vulnerabilities to climate change.

North and South Central CSCs Find New Opportunity for Collaboration

As the new year begins, the North Central Climate Science Center has a number of exciting changes to prepare for. From their inception, each of the eight DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) receives guidance from a regional Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC). These committees provide counsel on the resource management and decision-making contexts, capabilities, and challenges that require regional scientific support, and provide feedback concerning how effectively CSC products meet the needs of stakeholders. 

NC CSC Researcher Publishes Chapter on Drought Monitoring

North Central Climate Science Center researcher Gabriel Senay is among a group of USGS scientists to publish a book chapter highlighting their work on the use of remote sensing and hydrologic modeling in global drought monitoring efforts. 


The NC CSC's first quarterly newsletter was released in Fall 2014. The focus of this first newsletter is adaptation. Please read the news here.

Iowa Climate Statement 2014: Impacts on the Health of Iowans

Scientist from Iowa release a statement on the impacts of climate change on their states economy, agriculture, and communities. 



The NC CSC Director, Jeff Morisette, was a contributing author in a new paper that reviews the top Ten Ways Remote Sensing Can Contribute to Conservation.  Climate Change is one of these top 10; where the article summarizes the way remote sensing can be used to monitor the rate, magnitude, and spatial and temporal effects of climate on ecosystems.  



The Climate Primers are a set of customizable graphics that can be produced for a region of interest to provide a summary of the trends, seasonal and spatial patterns in both historic and the most recent high resolution climate model projections.   We have made these tools available to our partners as well as members of funded projects and plan to fully automate production in the near future so that they could be publicly available.  These tools have been extremely useful to our partners at the National Park Service (NPS), members of our funded projects, and the Northern Rockies Adaptation