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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.

NC CSC Researcher Gabriel Senay Featured in Smithsonian Magazine

The most recent issue of Smithsonian Magazine (May 2015) highlights work being done by the North Central Climate Science Center’s Gabriel Senay to predict famine in Ethiopia’s central Rift Valley.

Katharine Hayhoe Discusses Climate Opportunities at Iowa State

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, North Central CSC University Consortium partner Iowa State University hosted Dr. Katharine Hayhoe for a presentation on "Climate Urgency & How Iowa Farmers and Businesses Can Take the Lead".

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CoCoRaHS to Measure Precipitation at White House Garden

Precipitation is arguably one of the most important – and most fluctuating – components of climate. Effective methods of monitoring rainfall, snowpack, and drought are vital to adaptive management, but gathering this information in densely-packed urban areas can sometimes be difficult.

Media Spotlight: Understanding dynamics of land use switching with satellite and field level data in context of climate change

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 Iowa State University’s David Hennessy titled “Understanding dynamics of land use switching with satellite and field level data in context of climate variability.”

Ancient fires help scientists understand current and future trends

Fire is a naturally occurring force in the landscape effecting nutrient cycling, hydrology, vegetation, and wildlife. Fire regimes - the frequency, size and intensity of fires - are the result of complex environmental interactions.  Changes in fire regimes have already been observed in the Western United States and have significant ecological and socioeconomic impacts. Scientists are working to better understand the interplay of human and climatic influences on fire regimes at different temporal and spatial scales.

Climate Change a Hot Topic at the Front Range Student Ecology Symposium

Students from the north central region presented last week at CSU's Front Range Student Ecology Symposium on a variety of ecological issues relevant to furthering our understanding of climate change impacts. In particular, students addressed the ecological implications of changing temperature, the resiliency of certain plants to drought conditions, and how climatic changes are shifting the range of some species into new territories. 

NC CSC Publishes Winter 2015 Newsletter

The North Central Climate Science Center published its second newsletter in February with a focus on capacity building. The newsletter is a quarterly production that recognizes work that has been done by the CSC partners and highlights upcoming events, conferences, and research opportunties. Click here to sign up.

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