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Clearing Out the Haze on Climate Change - NC CSC News Feature

The North Colorado Business Report recently featured the North Central Climate Science Center and its science initiatives on its website.

NASA Develop Collaboration with NC CSC

The North Central Climate Science Center is proud to house one of twelve NASA DEVELOP centers found across the United States, and further act as the hub for DEVELOP activities in the Inter-mountain West. The NASA DEVELOP National Program supports student-run applied science projects, under the guidance of NASA and partner science advisors, addressing an array of national and global issues including ecological forecasting, disasters, water and oceans, health and air quality, climate and weather, and agriculture.

NC CSC McNeeley Presents on National Climate Assessment

The U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a collaborative report mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990. This assessment analyzes effects of climate change throughout all sectors of the nation including ecosystems, land and water use, agriculture, human health, urban and rural communities, tribes, and energy among others in order to plan for adaption, mitigation and solutions for the future. The draft 2013 NCA report is now open for public comments until April 12th.

Dr. Shannon McNeeley to bring interdisciplinary approach to climate adaptation work at the NC CSC

In October 2012, Colorado State University hired Dr. Shannon McNeeley to work with the North Central Climate Science Center to bring an interdisciplinary approach to climate adaptation research. Dr. Shannon McNeeley received her doctoral degree in Environmental Change and Sustainability Science (ecological anthropology, ecology, climatology) from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) in the interdisciplinary Resilience and Adaptation Program as an NSF IGERT Fellow then as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

NC CSC Represented at the American Geophysical Union Conference

Staff and scientists from the North Central CSC attended the American Geophysical Union's 45th annual Fall Meeting last week to discuss climate change science and management initiatives in the North Central U.S. See below for a list of the presentations related to the NC CSC:


Monday, December 3, 2012


B11C. B11C. Phenology Responses and Feedbacks to Biogeophysics, Disturbance, and Climate Change I Posters

Communication is Key: Fostering Growth for the Next Generation

A science expert in climate science, eco-system management and social-ecological issues, Dennis Ojima has a long list of awards, positions, and programs to solidify his striking ecological-duel-scientist title. Yet, in juxtaposition of the numbers and models, he also has a seemingly unique focus in leadership—providing a strong connection between today’s science, and tomorrow’s leadership.

NASA DEVELOP Students working with the North Central Climate Science Center

Using a time-series array of NASA Landsat products and multiple additional geospatial data (e.g. elevation, slope, aspect, soils) to assess changes in forest composition and structure over space and time allowing agency partners to better understand the impacts from Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.

Intertribal Council On Utility Policy: Collaboration for Building the Economy through Energy Initiatives

From seventy to eighty cents of every dollar made in the average US community leaves the area in which it was earned. In the majority of Native American Reservations, this amount jumps up to ninety cents. The amount of economic out-surge could immensely be lowered through the implementation of a clean energy economy, and effective-energy housing initiatives, yet instead the economic leverage is lowered and the financial flow is outsourced to distant corporations.


Connecting the interaction between the natural world and humans with climate

National Parks are protected and managed natural area which serve as a haven away from the daily grind of busy, bustling life: a refuge for wildlife, habitats safe from development. Yet perhaps the most important aspect of Natural Parks is the window between humans and nature. National Parks give an outlet to experience, gain compassion for, and become connected to nature, which sometimes seems so far away.

Natural Resource Adaptive Management is unique: how to plan for mitigation within diverse situations

“If you could only measure 10 ecological factors what would those things be?” asked Jonathan Mawdsley, of The Heinz Center asked at a seminar presentation at Colorado State University.