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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.

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.