December 2013 Newsletter
News and upcoming events related to the Southeast Climate Science Center
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• The SE CSC will be hosting a Grand Opening of our center on January 22, 4-5:30 pm in the lobby of David Clark Labs, Read more.
• Take a look at our Faculty Affiliates Page. Learn about others at NCSU working on global change, Read more.
• Missed Michael Vandenbergh’s presentation on Assessing and Communicating Climate Science: A Climate Prediction Market? Click here to view.
—— SEMINARS at NCSU: ————————————————-
December 12 – Triangle Climate & Landscape Researchers’ Brown Bag.
Date: December 12 Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm.
Presenter: Michelle Moorman, Biologist, NC Water Science Center, USGS.
Title: Albemarle Sound-Pilot Study of the National Monitoring Network for US Coastal Waters and their Tributaries.
December 12 – Triangle Global Health Consortium: Climate Change, Food Security, and Population in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013 Time: 7:30 a.m. (soft stop at 8:30 am, hard stop at 9 am).
Topic: Climate Change, Food Security, and Population in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Speaker: Scott Moreland, Ph.D., Senior Fellow and economist at the Futures Group.
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December 12 – Panel Discussion: Environmental Innovation in Urban Planning.
A panel of experts and practitioners will present examples of how innovative cities are integrating ecosystem services into urban planning. The panel will discuss what worked, what didn’t, and lessons learned for the transferability of their approaches to other cities. Speakers will also provide insights into environmental policy and market tools that have been tried.
Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS).
ACCCNRS advises the Secretary of the Interior on the establishment and operations of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs). The meeting will take place at the JC Raulston Arboretum, January 22-23, 2014 in Raleigh, NC.
Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference.
April 28 – 29, 2014, Charlotte, NC.
Abstracts will be accepted through January 10, 2014. Find more information about submission requirements on the Abstracts page.
February 21-22, 2014 – Conference: Cities, Rivers, and Cultures of Change: Rethinking and Restoring the Environments of the Global American South.
Profound shifts in the way we think, use and protect water, rapid immigration and demographic change (the ‘graying’ and ‘browning’ of the United States), and immense urbanization have made the…
March 3 -7 – Conference: Water, Food, Climate and Energy.
The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and collaborators will host the Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference on March 3-7, 2014 to examine the…
March 14-15, 2014: Symposium • Biodiversity Responses to Climate Change: Perspectives from the Southeastern US.
The Center for Biodiversity and the Department of Biology at East Carolina University is hosting a symposium entitled “Biodiversity responses to climate change: perspectives from the southeastern…
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New Report: Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change, Anticipating Surprises (National Academy of Sciences, et al). Hard-to-predict sudden changes to Earth’s environment are more worrisome than larger but more gradual impacts of climate change, according a panel of scientists advising the federal government. A 200-page report released Tuesday by the National Academy of Sciences repeatedly warns of potential climate “tipping points” beyond which “major and rapid changes occur.” And some of these changes—happening in years instead of centuries—have already begun. They include melting ice in the Arctic Ocean and mass species extinctions.
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New Book: Climate of the Southeast United States. The book summarizes the scientific literature with respect to climate impacts on the Southeast United States, including 11 southern states to the east of the Mississippi River, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands; reviews the historic climate, current climate, and the projected future climate of the region; and describes interactions with important sectors of the Southeast and cross-sectoral issues, namely climate change mitigation, adaptation, and education and outreach. Electronic copies of the report can be accessed on the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE) website – you can download a pdf version of the report for free or purchase a print version from Island Press.
The Global Reef Record: Virtual divers, take a deep breath. An underwater world is at your fingertips. Last week, the Catlin Seaview Survey launched the Global Reef Record, a database of gorgeous high-resolution images of corals. The site will be a one-stop shop for images and data such as turbidity and water temperatures. http://www.globalreefrecord.org/
Regional Environmental Change Assessment for the U.S. Southeast. The report dwells on assessing the SE climate from several different disciplinary perspectives. This is the first of such efforts that has brought people from academia, industry, and government labs together to begin looking at regional climate in the U.S. southeast.
The Abaco Scientist: Dr. Craig Layman is a new hire at NC State’s Dept. of Applied Ecology under the Global Change and Human Well-being cluster hire. His blog contains a searchable database (The Bahamas Paper’s Archive) on all papers relating to the Bahamas: Visit his Blog.
World Meteorological Organization Special Bulletin: Perspectives on the Global Framework for Climate Services. The Global Framework for Climate Services aims to bridge the gap between information produced through climate science efforts and the practical needs of end-users who can use that information. Articles in this WMO Special Bulletin describe how the international climate and weather science community and its stakeholders are developing effective climate services that can result in concrete benefits to society. Download report.
Decision Point Magazine: is an online magazine that presents articles, views and ideas on environmental decision making, biodiversity, conservation planning and monitoring. Read more.
Impacts from climate change on Indigenous Communities takes center stage in Special Issue of Climatic Change Journal. This is the first time a peer-reviewed scientific journal has exclusively devoted an entire edition to climate change and its impacts on indigenous communities across the United States. A collaborative effort by over 50 authors representing tribal communities, academia, government agencies and NGOs resulted in this Special Issue, which explores issues currently experienced by indigenous communities in the U.S. due to climate change, including loss of traditional knowledge, forests and ecosystems, food security and traditional foods, and water, Arctic sea ice loss, permafrost thaw, and relocation. View special issue or view news story.
Using Scenarios to Explore Climate Change: A Handbook for Practitioners (National Park Service). This handbook describes the five-step process for developing multivariate climate change scenarios taught by the Global Business Network during a series of training workshops hosted by the National Park Service in 2010 and 2011. The authors created this guide as a reference for workshop participants who possess some familiarity with scenario planning. Read more…
Climate Change is Altering North American Forests: A new study found that forests in North America are experiencing multiple changes due to global warming. Researchers at Dartmouth University cite climate change as the agent behind increased insect outbreaks, wildfires, and plant diseases – but they also explain that climate change has caused many forests to grow faster and increase their resilience to pests. Read more or view study.
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The Appalachian LCC Join the Appalachian LCC Database of Expertise. It is a searchable database that allows portal members and the conservation community at large to search for experts from a wide range of fields as well as network with those of similar research, project, habitat, and funding interests.
Caribbean LCC: Hosts the 2013 Annual Conference: Developing CLCC Strategic Conservation Framework, January 12, 2013. Read more.
South Atlantic LCC: Results from the Conservation Blueprint Workshops. Read more.
Your input on testing the South Atlantic Terrestrial Indicators. Read more.
For Tribal Communities, Managing and Adapting to Change is Nothing New. Read more.
Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks LCC: GCPO LCC Steering Committee Votes Unanimously on Portfolio of Science Projects. Read more.
Florida Peninsular Florida LCC: Read about Florida’s Conservation Blueprint. Read more.
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Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
On November 1, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing the government to improve our nation’s preparedness for, and resilience to, the impacts of climate change.
As concrete steps in the implementation of his Climate Action Plan, the Executive Order establishes a Task Force and an Interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. It also directs federal agencies to remove barriers to resilience-focused actions and investments, promote environments such as wetlands and dunes that function as natural storm barriers, and develop data-driven tools and information that public- and private-sector leaders can use for planning in the context of climate change.
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental History / History of Science / Geography, University of Oregon. Applications are sought for a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) funded postdoctoral fellowship at the intersection of environmental history, the history of science, and political ecology at the University of Oregon. The postdoctoral fellowship is part of Professor Mark Carey’s NSF CAREER grant (#1253779) on “Glaciers and Glaciology: How Nature, Field Research, and Societal Forces Shape the Earth Sciences”. Application deadline is December 15, 2013.
Job Opportunity: Union of Concerned Scientists. Within UCS’s Climate & Energy Program, the Senior Climate Scientist will work under the direction of both the Director of Program Development and the Senior Climate Scientist & Climate Campaign Analytic Lead. Deadline: Jan 2, 2014. Read more…