National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center - newsletter, 12/2/2014


Check Out the Redesigned NCCWSC Website! We recently completed a major redesign of the NCCWSC website (, and are working on several other improvements to the site that will be coming soon. Take a look and let us know what you think! Check it out >>

Webinar TODAY! Climate Change Impacts on River Ecosystems and Salmonids (Tuesday, December 2, 2014 @ 2pm EST): Join us for a presentation by Clint Muhlfeld from the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center! Dr. Muhlfeld will discuss a project aimed at understanding how climate change will influence the abundance, distribution, and genetic diversity of key trout and salmon species throughout the Pacific Northwest. Read More and Register >>  

From the CSCs:

(NE CSC) Webinar TOMORROW! Building Tribal Capacity for Climate Change Adaptation (Wed, Dec. 3, 2014 @ 3:30pm EST): This webinar will focus on a 3-day summit that was held in October 2014 on climate change adaptation training for tribes. Speakers will discuss Summit participants and activities, lessons learned, outcomes, and plans for future Tribal adaptation training. Read More >>  

(SE CSC) Study Examines Evolutionary Tipping Points in Relation to Climate Change Adaptation: Researchers developed a new model to explore the consequences of different environmental variations. In several cases, tipping points were uncovered, where even minor environmental changes could cause dramatic effects to population viability. Learn More >>

(SW CSC) Researchers Identify Potential Conservation Areas on Bureau of Land Management Lands in Western U.S.: In a recent study, researchers, with support from the Southwest Climate Science Center, used a multiple-criteria analysis to identify potential conservation priority areas based on high biodiversity, resilience to climate change, and landscape connectivity. Read More >>  

(AK CSC) Researchers Examine Changes in Vegetation, Soil Properties and Carbon Fluxes In Peatland Sites with Varying Permafrost: A new publication describes a study of 3 sites in Alaska that vary in permafrost regime to better understand changes to an area after the melting of permafrost and the development of thermokarst landscapes. Read More >>

(NC CSC) New Modeling Approach Can Assess Climate Impacts on Vegetation in the Northern Great Plains: A new modeling framework links potential evapotranspiration, extraterrestrial solar radiation, temperature, and atmospheric water vapor pressure and incorporates this new algorithm into the dynamic global vegetation model MC1. Learn More >>  

(NW CSC) New Publication Analyzes and Compares the Use of Drought Indices for Tracking Interannual Streamflow Variability: Authors of this paper describe and compare different methods and indices for tracking interannual streamflow variability in the Pacific Northwest. The researchers utilized the standardized precipitation index, standardized precipitation evapotranspiration index, Palmer drought severity index, and others. Learn More >>  

From the Community:

Online Climate Academy Course: Register by December 15, 2014! The Climate Academy is a 6 month online course offered through the National Conservation Training Center. The course will cover the fundamentals of climate change science, with an emphasis on adaptation planning.  It will also address climate change communication and tools to use for planning. The deadline to register is December 15th, 2014.  Learn More >>  

Explore Resources from the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit: The Climate Resilience Toolkit provides resources and a framework for understanding and addressing climate change impacts. Information is available in different categories including: identifying problems, determining vulnerabilities, investigating options, evaluating risks and costs, and taking action. Check it Out >> 

Upcoming Webinar (Thurs., Dec. 11, 2014 @ 2pm EST): The Role of Traditional and Local Knowledge in Understanding Climate Change: This presentation is a part of the Climate Change in America’s National Parks Webinar Series. The webinar will be presented by Colleen Strawhacker, Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic. Register >>   

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