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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. http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/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.

North Central Climate Science Center Google Scholar Profile

The North Central Climate Science Center recently set up an institutional Google Scholar Profile. Please visit this link to check out publications from our staff and funded investigators.

North Central CSC 2015 Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report details the ongoing efforts of the North Central Climate Science Center to offer itself as a resource for vulnerability assessment, adaptation, and mitigation projects. The Center strives to help Department of Interior land managers and others in the region to manange a portfolio of ever-increasing climate data in such a way as to make informed and effective on-the-ground decisions. More details can be found in the report below. 

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Colorado Bureau of Land Management

Colorado Natural Heritage Program [CNHP]. 2015. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Colorado Bureau of Land Management. K. Decker, L. Grunau, J. Handwerk, and J. Siemers, editors. Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Climate Research Briefing on SNOTEL Temperature Inhomogeneities

SNOTEL sensor upgrade has caused temperature record inhomogeneities for the Intermountain West: Implications for climate change impact assessments

Imtiaz Rangwala, Tim Bardsley, Marcus Pescinski and Jim Miller

Fall 2015 Newsletter: Adaptation

The fall 2015 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 Adaptation.

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