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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.

Media Spotlight: Scaling Climate Change Adaptation in the Northern Great Plains through Regional Climate Summaries and Local Qualitative-Quantitative Scenario Planning Workshops

The North Central Climate Science Center is excited to announce the five solicited projects recommended for funding in 2015. These projects will guide the research of the NC CSC into the future, ensuring that we build on our foundational science areas and drive research that has direct management implications.

Media Spotlight: The Wind River Indian Reservations’ Vulnerability to the Impacts of Drought and the Development of Decision Tools to Support Drought Preparedness

For the month of March, the North Central Climate Science Center will be highlighting each of the recently announced projects recommended for funding in 2015 that will guide our revamp work in the years to come. This week, we will look at a project lead by Dr. Cody Knutson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln entitled “The Wind River Indian Reservation’s Vulnerability to the Impacts of Drought and the Development of Decision Tools to Support Drought Preparedness.”

NC CSC Staff Connects with Partners at National Conservation Training Center Course

Staff from the North Central Climate Science Center recently participated in a combined offering of the National Conservation Training Center’s Climate-Smart Conservation and Scenario-Planning course alongside a number of participants from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, two Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Wildlife Federation.

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.

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.

 

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