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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.

North Central Climate Researchers Collaborate at Joint Staff Retreat

Staff from the North Central Climate Science Center, the Western Water Assessment (WWA), and the USDA Climate Hub for the Northern Great Plains met last week to discuss collaboration on climate issues in the rapidly changing north central US.

North Central CSC Hosts Open Science Conference

Last week, the North Central Climate Science Center hosted an Open Science Conference at Colorado State University. More than 100 scientists, researchers, students, and resource managers attended the event, each contributing their unique views on how to move forward with adaptive management in a changing and uncertain climate.

Early Career Professionals Attend NC CSC Forum on Climate Science and Tools

Students and early career professionals from across the north central region met at Colorado State University this week to learn about the information and tools used by the NC CSC to assist resource managers in preparing for climate change.

Brian Woodward Receives 2015 DEVELOPer of Term from NASA

Brian Woodward of the Fort Collins-based Colorado Agriculture NASA Project Team has been selected as the DEVELOPer for the 2015 Spring Term. According to NASA, Brian was selected for demonstrating tenacity, strong leadership skills, and his strong commitment to his team and project. 

InterTribal Buffalo Council Hosts Drought Adaptation Workshop

The InterTribal Buffalo Council hosted an April 30th workshop for tribal resource managers in the north central region to discuss drought resiliency and preparedness. The workshop, which took place in Rapid City, South Dakota, focused on building capacity for members to use drought data in planning and monitoring efforts, and helped them to develop “hands on” skills to plan for and react to drought conditions in their regions.