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Capacity Building

Project Collaboration with CSU and CEMML Featured in CSU News

CSU's news page, SOURCE, recently featured an article about a project the NC CSC is collaborating on with CSU researchers and CEMML. NC CSC staff are contributing time, expertise, and computing resources, such as scenario modeling, to the project, which involves creating climate scenarios, impacts statements, and adaptation strategies for various U.S. Air Force bases. Some examples of the work include species vulnerability assessments under future climate scenarios for Air Force base lands. The NC CSC is also contributing to capacity building as part of this project - several CSU students have been looped into the research process and are involved with its resulting products. 

National Park Service Climate Change Response Program Newsletter

The National Park Service has compiled a 2016 Q2 Climate Change Response Program Newsletter detailing projects relevant to the NC CSC region, including the future ecoogy of Crater Lake in Colorado and scaling climate adaptation in the Northern Great Plains.

TopoWX Annual Update Complete

The online topoclimatic air temperature dataset TopoWX went through a round of annual updates that included incorporating new observations and utilizing enhanced models. For the newest datasets (1948-2015), visit ScienceBase or the U.S. Geological Survey Geo Data Portal

The dataset is open source and represents the conterminous U.S. states. Because the data have been updated, new versions of TopoWX are not compatible with older versions. 

Climate Change in Wildlands Book Available

"Climate Change in Wildlands is an important contribution to park managers and scientists facing the daunting challenges of climate change. The authors articulate a strategy informed by science and practical experience, and work closely with park managers to identify threats to resources and options for responding. Climate change may be the biggest challenge the National Park Service has ever faced. This volume will be a critical guide to a second century of park stewardship."

--Jonathan Jarvis, Director, National Park Service

Get it here for a 20% discount using the code 4PIONEER.

Interdisciplinary Team Leading Community Data Integration Project

The USGS Information Science Branch is improving scientific data management through transparency and reproducibility after being awarded funding based on the recent proposal, “Facilitating the USGS Scientific Data Management Foundation by Integrating the Process into Current Scientific Workflow Systems.” This Community for Data Integration (CDI) project supports scientists who may have limited knowledge of information science or limited resources by providing an exemplar that the USGS can point to as it institutes new standards for producing repeatable science.

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 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.

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.

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