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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.

JUNE 2016 NOAA QUARTERLY REGIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOKS: MISSOURI RIVER BASIN

The latest in a series of Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlook newsletters was just released for the Missouri River basin states. This newsletter offers an engaging two-page snapshot of recent weather and climate events and anomalies, discusses regional weather impacts on the region's ecosystems and economy, and offers a climate forecast for the coming three months.

This publication - developed in partnership with many federal, state, local, and academic contributions - is released in September, December, March and June.

WWA released Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) Report

The Western Water Assessment recently released a short informational report describing the Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI). EDDI is a drought index that can serve as an indicator of both rapidly evolving “flash” droughts (developing over a few weeks) and sustained droughts (developing over months but lasting up to years).

Missouri River Basin El Niño Report

The NC CSC recently participated in a regional collaboration with the High Plains Regional Climate Center, among others, to produce the Missouri River Basin El Niño report. This fact sheet explains some of the expected impacts of the 2015 El Niño event on the Missouri River Basin, as well as the outlook for the early spring.

You can view the fact sheet here: http://revampclimate.colostate.edu/sites/default/files/publications/ENSO-MOBasin-2015-Final.pdf

 

 

Evapotranspiration Data Added to Climate Dashboard

Through partnership with the CIRES Western Water Assessment (WWA) at the University of Colorado and the U.S. Geological Survey  Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, the North Central Climate Science Center was recently able to add an Evapotranspiration (ET) Anomaly product to the Rocky Mountains – High Plains Climate Dashboard, which is a recent extension of the WWA's Intermountain West Climate Dashboard.

NC CSC El Nino Webinar Draws a Crowd

The current El Nino weather pattern moving over the continental US has a 90% chance of lasting through the fall and around an 85% chance of lasting through the 2015-16 winter, which could mean a warm season for parts of the north central region according to Imtiaz Rangwala and Joe Barsugli, climate drivers team leads for the North Central Climate Science Center.

Climate Driver’s Team Lead Publishes Article on Warming in Boreal Midlatitudes

Imtiaz Rangwala, co-lead of the North Central Climate Science Center’s climate drivers foundational science area, recently published an article on elevation dependent warming in boreal midlatitudes.

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.

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.

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