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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.

Wind River Research Team Publishes First Climate and Drought Summary

Researchers working with tribal leaders in the north central region have published their first edition of the Wind River Reservation Climate and Drought Summary.

Special Issue of Yellowstone Science Focuses on Climate Change

In its very first issue in 1992, Yellowstone Science explored possible impacts of changing climate scenarios in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This month, the publication has released a special issue dedicated specifically to climate research, with contributions from more than 20 researchers across disciplines. Articles focus on snowpack, bird population vulnerability, and loss of ice patches in the region.

North Central CSC Climate Researcher Urges Temperature Monitoring at High Evelations

While climate change occurs at a global scale, impacts and drivers of change occur at smaller regional scales. According to a recently released study titled “Elevation-dependent warming in Mountain Regions of the World” there is growing evidence that high mountains regions are warming faster than lower elevations” but the lack of recorded data above 11,000 feet could hold scientists back from fully understanding associated causes and impacts.

NC CSC Researcher Gabriel Senay Featured in Smithsonian Magazine

The most recent issue of Smithsonian Magazine (May 2015) highlights work being done by the North Central Climate Science Center’s Gabriel Senay to predict famine in Ethiopia’s central Rift Valley.

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".

View the recorded talk >>