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NC CSC Fall 2016 Newsletter - Ecological Impacts

This extended edition fall 2016 Ecological Impacts newsletter contains updates from the Ecological Impacts FSA team and other related project updates. 

Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Study

This report was submitted to the Colorado Energy Office in 2015 and was edited by Eric Gordon (University of Colorado Boulder) and Dennis Ojima (Colorado State University). It was based on a study that evaluated Colorado's climate vulnerability in the ecosystems, water, agriculture, energy, transportation, recreation/tourism, and public health sectors. 

NC CSC 2015 Annual Report - Full

The 2015 Annual Report details the NC CSC's mission, activities, and funded projects. 

NC CSC Summer 2016 Newsletter - Climate

The summer 2016 newsletter on Climate features news, products, and updates from NC CSC and writeups from our Climate Foundational Science Area team. 

NCCSC Paleoenvironmental Database

The NCCSC Paleoenvironmental Database is a resource for environmental scientists and those interested in the longer-term climate records that paleodata can provide. Developed by Virginia Iglesias in association with Cathy Whitlock, both of Montana State University, the database has records sorted by species, elevation, data type, record length in years, site ID, and other classifications. 

The database serves as an archive of Pleistocene proxy records, metadata, and derivative products (e.g., chronologies, vegetation, and climate reconstructions), and provides a resource for environmental research, facilitating data viewing, synthesis, and joint analysis of multiproxy datasets.

High-Resolution Climate Modeling for Regional Adaptation

A report recently published in the American Geophysical Union's Eos discussed High-Resolution Climate Modeling (HRCM). HRCM holds the potential to represent land surface characteristics at more ecologically-relevant scales than current models, but it has drawbacks. The report came from a workshop held last year. (read more)

In the photo: "Workshop attendees discussed how improved projections of rainfall extremes as climate changes could help officials mitigate erosion of archaeologically and culturally important locations such as this one at North Dakota’s Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site. The river has already eroded part of this 19th century Hidatsa village—only 31 visible earth lodge depressions remain. Credit: NPS"

WWA Introduces Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) Maps

The Western Water Assesment High Plains and Rocky Mountain Dashboard has added Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) maps for the north central United States. These maps were added to the Drought Monitoring section alongside soil moisture and actual evapotranspiration (ETa).

Ecological Drought in the North Central United States

As part of a national effort, the North Central Climate Science Center put together a report on Ecological Drought in the North Central United States to help chart the way forward in research and planning. The report came from a workshop held in late 2015. 

Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior United States

McNeeley, S. M., T. A. Beeton, and D. S. Ojima, 2016: Drought Risk and Adaptation in the Interior United States: Understanding the importance of local context for resource management in times of drought. Weather. Clim. Soc., April, 147–161, doi:10.1175/WCAS-D-15-0042.1.

Capacity Building at the NC CSC: Winter 2016 Newsletter

The Winter 2016 issue of the North Central Climate Science Center newsletter is now available to view and download. This quarterly publication highlights various aspects of the work that the Center is doing in each of the foundational science areas: climate drivers, impacts, adaptation, and capacity building. It also introduces the public to the NC CSC team, their publications and work, and upcoming opportunities for involvement.

This issue focuses on Capacity Building Initiatives.


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