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NC CASC Webinar Series: Will there still be snow in wolverine denning habitat in the 2050s? High resolution projections for two study areas in the Rocky Mountains

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New Publication Addresses Climate Change and 2020 Fire Season

Consortium Partner, Phil Higuera at the University of Montana, co-authored a recent publication discussing climate change and the record-setting 2020 fire season. 





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New Paper: Small-scale water deficits after wildfires create long-lasting ecological impacts

A new paper has been published, "Small scale water deficits after wildfires create long-lasting ecological impacts." This paper was funded by the NC CASC. 





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Upcoming Workshop: Dinosaur National Monument Scenario Planning

On October 28-29th, USGS NC CASC employees Brian Miller, Brecken Robb, and Danika Mosher, along with staff from the NPS Climate Change Response Program, NPS Biological Resources Division, and Scenario Insight, LLC, are co-facilitating a





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New Paper: Projections of Mountain Snowpack Loss for Wolverine Denning Elevations in the Rocky Mountains

A new paper co-authored by NC CASC's Imtiaz Rangwala was published today, "Projections of Mountain Snowpack Loss for Wolverine Denning Elevations in the Rocky Mountains."





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Ecodrought Synthesis Paper Mentioned in NIDIS' Drought.gov

Imtiaz Rangwala and Shelley Crausbay wrote a short article, "Ecological Drought Enters Unfamiliar Territory," for the National Integrated Drought Information System's (NIDIS) ecodrought publication. 





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Climate Data 101 in Python Workshop - October 30

Registration for this event has reached capacity.





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SDSU One of Four Schools Chosen to Lead the Upper Missouri River Snowpack Monitoring System, Awarded $12.8 Million Contract

SDSU One of Four Schools Chosen to Lead the Upper Missouri River Snowpack Monitoring System, Awarded $12.8 Million Contract





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Watch Imtiaz Rangwala's Guest Lecture at University of Wyoming

On September 15th, Imtiaz Rangwala gave a virtual guest lecture to a graduate class at the University of Wyoming, “Understanding and Quantifying Impacts of Regional Climate Change." Watch it here: 





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Survey for Resource Managers

Closing the Gap Between Climate Change Ecology Research and Resource Management





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James Rattling Leaf, Sr. to speak at Environmental Law Institute Webinar

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. will be on a panel of speakers at an upcoming Environmental Law Institute webinar, "Swept Away: Safeguarding Tribal Cultural Heritage from the Impacts of Climate Change".





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New Paper: Fire-catalyzed vegetation shifts in ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests of the Western United States

Consortium Partner, Phil Higuera, and Research Ecologist, Kim Davis, at the University of Montana are authors on a recently published paper that discusses findings of fire-catalyzed vegetation shifts in ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir for





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Read the ADSA Quarterly Newsletter

The Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) released their Quarterly Newsletter, which features updates on the Data Science Leadership Summit, the ADSA Annual Meeting, and event reminders. 





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New Paper- A new framework to map fine resolution cropping intensity across the globe: Algorithm, validation, and implication

A new paper, "A new framework to map fine resolution cropping intensity across the globe: Algorithm, validation, and implication," was recently published. The paper and project were funded by the NC CASC. 





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Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day!

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day!

Right Relationship Boulder is co-sponsoring an exciting series of online events to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day from October 9th-12th. 





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Western Water Assessment webinar: Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology, Part 3: Current Understanding of Processes, Patterns, and Variability

Western Water Assessment webinar: Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology, Part 3: Current Understanding of Processes, Patterns, and Variability





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New NC CASC Project: Determining Successful Management and Restoration Strategies for Pinyon-Juniper Communities in the Face of Changing Climate and Wildfire

Determining Successful Management and Restoration Strategies for Pinyon-Juniper Communities in the Face of Changing Climate and Wildfire

Project Summary:





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University of Montana partners Phil Higuera & Kim Davis talk wildfires, climate change in recent media interviews

NC CASC consortium partners Phil Higuera and Kim Davis from the University of Montana talk wildfires, climate change in recent media interviews:





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James Rattling Leaf, Sr. to host webinar: "Building Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities"

sponsored by The Boulder Labs Diversity Council:

 





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2020 National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference

Several members of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) participated in last week’s 2020 National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference.





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NC CASC welcomes USGS Data Steward Sarah Burton

Sarah Burton is a USGS Data Steward serving the North Central CASC as well as the South Central and Pacific Island CASCs.





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NC CASC partner South Dakota State University launches new Center of Excellence to advance bison research, knowledge

Collaborative Commitment among South Dakota State University, Bison Organizations





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New article: Unfamiliar Territory: Emerging Themes for Ecological Drought Research and Management

NC CASC consortium partner, Shelley Crausbay (CSP) and Climate Science Lead,





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New film: "Holding Back the Snowpack"

A film, "Holding Back the Snowpack ," explores the suite of tools stakeholders in the Big Hole Valley are using to improve riparian habitat along the Big Hole River. (





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Jennifer Balch makes the media rounds to talk wildfires, smoke, climate change

This article has been updated to include events posted after September 17, 2020.





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Workshop on climate change scenario planning for the Apostle Islands NP

From September 21-25, Brian Miller, NC CASC/USGS Research Ecologist, along with Danika Mosher and Brecken Robb from the NPS Climate Change Response Program and Denver Service Center, are co-facilitating a remote workshop on climate chang





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New publication: The role of economic returns in land use change: Evidence from farm-level data in the US Northern Great Plains

New publication on project funded by the NC CASC: M. Doidge, D. A. Hennessy, and H.





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Version 0.3.0 of the Climate Futures Toolbox (CFT) R package

The Climate Futures Toolbox (CFT) R package which provides easy and robust access to MACA climate data has reached version 0.3.0: https://gith





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High Plains Regional Climate Center survey on Climate Normals data

Greetings from the High Plains Regional Climate Center!





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Recent publications by NC CASC principal investigators focus on flash drought, fires

Recent publications by NC CASC principal investigators focus on flash drought, fires (not funded by the NC CASC):





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NC CASC partners awarded NOAA-NIDIS "Coping with Drought" Initiative funding

NC CASC consortium partners Shelley Crausbay, Conservation Science Partners, and Molly Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society, have been awar





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New paper: 2,200-Year tree-ring and lake-sediment based snowpack reconstruction for the northern Rocky Mountains highlights the historic magnitude of recent snow drought

This paper was part of the project "Characterizing Historic Streamflow to Support Drought Planning in the Upper Missouri River Basin:  Paleohydrologic Resources for Drought Planning and Improved Operations in the Upper Missouri River Bas





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NEDTalks to feature James Rattling Leaf, Sr.

 

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NC CASC Hires New Graduate Research Assistant, Danika Mosher

The NC CASC is proud to welcome a new research assistant, Danika Mosher.





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Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians announces Youth Video Contest focused on climate change and the environment

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, host of the Northwest CASC Tribal Liaison, announces Youth Video Contest focused on climate change and the environment:





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Jennifer Balch featured on KUNC podcast, Colorado Edition: Feeling the Heat

NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch talks wildfires and climate change on KUNC's Colorado Edition: Feeling the Heat





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How Bad is the Smoke? Current Fires and Air Quality Resources: Top 10 ways to get up-to-date information on fires and air quality

NC CASC team members partnered with Earth Lab and CIRES partners to compile a list of resources on current fires and air quality: https://cir





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CPR News: Colorado Wildfires Are Climate Change ‘In The Here And Now’ — And A Sign Of Summers To Come

NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch quoted in CPR News, "Colorado Wildfires Are Climate Change ‘In The Here And Now’ — And A Sign Of Summers To Come".





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AP News: Science Says: Climate change, people stoke California fires

NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch quoted in AP News article about climate change, California wildfires.





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NC CASC Webinar Series: People, Nature, and Future Climate: Developing prioritized climate adaptation actions through a stakeholder driven process in southwest Colorado





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Executive Summary Released for Mountain Goat Project

NC CASC’





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NC CASC Hosts Tribal Climate Leaders Program Welcome Event





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New Publications from NC CASC Projects

Several papers were recently published from NC CASC projects. Read the papers below:





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LERI Tool Featured in "Dry Times"

Landscape Evaporative Response Index (LERI), a tool used to remotely-sense high-resolution information of the evaporative response from the land in near real time, is featured in the August 13th edition of 





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NC CASC Hires New Research Assistant, Brecken Robb





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Three Centers Summer 2020 Virtual Meeting & Retreat

On July 22-23, NC CASC team members joined colleagues from NOAA, DOI and USDA to participate in the virtual, semi-annual Three Centers Retreat.





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NC CASC Seeks Postdoc for Grasslands Project

The NC CASC is seeking a post doc for the new Grasslands Project.





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USGS Releases New Report on Ecological Forecasting

NC CASC's Brian Miller and Imtiaz Rangwala, along with other USGS researchers, are co-authors in a new report, "Ecological Forecasting—21st Century Science for 21st Century Management".





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Full-court suppress: Land managers anticipate pivot to 'fast and furious' wildfire strategy in light of COVID-19

Phill Higuera, University of Montana Associate Professor of Fire Ecology and NC CASC consortium partner, discusses potential COVID19 impacts on fire management during the 2020 fire season in an article featured in the Montana Free Press:





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NC CASC Welcomes Jane Wolken as Program Manager

Jane Wolken is a forest ecologist that works at the nexus of climate science research, program coordination and communication.





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NC CASC Launches Tribal Climate Leaders Program

The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Tribal Climate Leaders Program that will support Native American students pursuing a graduate degree at the





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Rosebud Sioux Tribe to Create North America's Largest Native Owned and Managed Bison Herd

"Economic Arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Works With World Wildlife Fund and Department of the Interior To Create Historic Public Private-Partnership For Plains Bison Restoration" - read more 





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NC CASC Webinar Series: Post-fire conifer regeneration in a changing climate

Advanced registration is required for this webinar.





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Snow Collider Workshop: Future Projections of Snow

This post has been updated to include a link to the meeting summary.





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New Project: Anticipating Forest Vulnerability to Fire-Catalyzed Ecosystem Change

Principa





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USGS Project Proposals Selected, Details Coming Soon





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Blog Post for New Paper About Fire as a Fundamental Ecological Process

A new pa





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Save the Date! NC CASC announces new webinar series starting July 9

The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) is excited to announce the launch of a new webinar series that will highlight ongoing research from the





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NC CASC welcomes Nicole DeCrappeo as new USGS Director

Nicole DeCrappeo is the U.S.





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USGS hires NAGT summer intern

USGS has





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Upcoming Webinar: Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology State of the Science

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

11:00am to noon (MDT)





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Interview with James Rattling Leaf Sr: How the Earth Observation Community can learn from Indigenous Peoples and a Lakota worldview

James Ra





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NC CASC and Earth Lab release Drought Index Portal

NC CASC and Earth Lab have recently released the Drought Index Portal (DrIP) through the University of Colorado, Boulder.





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New research uses tree ring data to assess drought severity in the Missouri River Basin

A newly-published article, partially funded by the North Central CASC and co-authored by Alaska CASC scientists Stephen Gray and Jeremy Littell, examined data collected from tree-rings to reconstruct historic natural streamflows and aid





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New R package: Climate Futures Toolbox

The North Central Climate Adapatation Science Center (NC CASC) has released a new R package, Climate Futures Toolboxwith the goal to





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NC CASC seeks National Park Service Research Assistant

The NC CASC is looking to hire a National Park Service Research Assistant. Job description and application information follow:





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Western Water Assessment releases major report on state of the science and practice for the Colorado River

Western Water Assessment Director and NC CASC PI Lisa Dilling, along with fellow scientists at Western Water Assessment, released a major report on the state of the science and practice for the Colorado River.





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Upcoming workshop: Scenario planning in Dinosaur National Monument

NC CASC scientists Brian Miller and Imtiaz Rangwala are currently preparing for an upcoming virtual workshop, May 5-6,  where they will assist the National Park Service with scenario planning activities to inform future grazing managemen





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Monitoring and Predicting Drought on our Grasslands

An article, "Monitoring and Predicting Drought on our Grasslands" by NC CASC scientist Imtiaz Rangwala has been featured in Grasslands News, the USDA’s National Grasslands Council’s Spring 2020 Newsletter.





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New publication: Advances in Remote Sensors For Earth Observation and Modeling of Earth Processes

USGS scientist Gabriel Senay and others have published a paper on the operational global actual evapotranspiration (ET) product that has been used by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network for use in drought monitoring and early warnin





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New Project: Synthesis of Climate Impacts and Adaptation on Grassland Ecosystems in the Northern Great Plains

Heather





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State of knowledge on pinyon-juniper communities

The USGS has released a new handout on the state of knowledge on pinyon-juniper (PJ) communities.





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CSP’s Priya Nanjappa appointed to serve on the Wildlife Stamp Habitat Committee in CO

Priya Nanjappa, Director of Operations, Conservation Science Partners (CSP) was recently appointed by Colorado Governor Jared Polis to serve on the Wildlife Stamp Habitat Committee for the state of Colorado.





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Funding opportunity: WCS Climate Adaptation Fund 2020 Request for Proposals

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is pleased to announce a new round of grantmaking through its Climate Adaptation Fund, a program that supports projects that implement effective interventions for wildlife and ecosystem adaptation





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Regional CASC research displayed in new Ecodrought Story Map

Every region of the United States is susceptible to drought.





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NC CASC Scientists to present at Rocky Mountain National Park 2020 Biennial Research Conference

NC CASC scientists Brian Miller (USGS) and Imtiaz Rangwala (CU-Boulder) will present at the 2020 Rocky Mountain National Park





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2020 National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference

The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) has announced the 2020 National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference.





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Save the Date: GPTWA 2020 Spring Water Conference

The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance has announced its 2020 spring water conference:

 





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Draft for Partner Review: North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Tribal Engagement Strategy (2019-2024)

A revised draft of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Tribal Engagement Strategy (2019-2024), updated 1/20/2020, is available for review 





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New paper on adaptive cattle management in a changing climate

Researchers from CSU’s Center for Collaborative Conservation and other authors, including NC CASC’s Imtiaz Rangwala, discuss adaptive cattle management for healthy





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Report: Climate Change Scenario Planning for Resource Stewardship: Applying a Novel Approach in Devils Tower National Monument

NC CASC ecologist, Brian Miller, partnered with NPS to publish a report on scenario planning as a climate





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New paper synthesizes best available science on pinyon-juniper communities

USGS scientist Jessica Hartsell and colleagues published “





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National Park Service staff, with support from NC CASC, outline how protected places can adapt to a changing climate

NPS and  NC CASC have been collaborating to





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USGS researchers and colleagues identify potential maladaptive climate response in riparian systems

USGS researchers, looking to understan





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NC CASC funds a year full of impactful research in 2019

In addition to numerous reports and fact sheets, at least 15 articles in high-impact journals were published in 2019 that were in part funded by the NC CASC:





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NC CASC seeks Program Manager

The NC CASC is seeking a Program Manager.





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NC CASC Seeks Postdoc for Wildfire Research

Due to delays stemming from COVID19, this announcement has been updated to reflect a new application review date of July 13.





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Apply for the 2020 Science to Action Fellowship!





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NC CASC Collaborting with NPS to Develop RSS for Yellowstone National Park's Northern Range

NC CASC ecologist Brian Miller is collaborating with NPS Denver Service Center, Climate Change Response Program, and park staff to develop a climate-informed Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS) for Yellowstone National Park's Northern Ra





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NC CASC Announces FY20 Funding Opportunity

This solicitation invites prop





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NC CASC posts update to Strategic Science Plan draft

The NC CASC has posted an update to its Strategic Science Plan draft. 





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Project Examines Emerging Challenges Related to Climate Change, Disease, and Wildlife Health

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center, in partnership with the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Center Network, is leading a one-year project to understand and prepare for emerging challenges related to fish and wildlife health, diseas





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SERDP Announces Funding Opportunity for FY2021

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT





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Save the Date! 8th Annual Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences Workshop

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leri R drought data tool now available on Comprehensive R Archive Network

The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is happy to announce that the leri R package, which facilitates access to the NOAA Landscape Evaporative Response Index




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GPTWA announces 2019 Fall Water Conference

The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association present the 2019 Fall Water Conference, "Protecting Tribal Water and Lands: Vision and Planning to adapt to a Changing Climate"





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NC CASC welcomes new Research Coordinator, Alisa Wade

The NC CASC welcomes Dr. Alisa Wade to our team as our new research coordinator.




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NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch comments on "the Smokey Bear effect"

NC CASC Director Jennifer Balch comments on "the Smokey Bear effect" as Smokey celebrates 75th birthday.





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NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch speaks at U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Climate Crisis

Congressional hearing on campus highlights CU Boulder climate change leadership. Read more here.





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NC CASC Announces Tribal Climate Leaders Graduate Degree Program

Tribal Climate Leaders Program:

Are you interested in a graduate degree exploring how climate may impact natural and cultural resources and resilience?

The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is s




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Drought & Change in the Mancos Watershed

"Drought & Change in the Mancos Watershed", a research brief for planners and managers in the Mancos River Valley in southwest Colorado, was produced by the Mountain Studies Institute and included input from NC CASC partners.




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Meet NC CASC/BIA Pathways Program Intern, Jordan Matula

Jordan Matula has joined the NC CASC team as a BIA Pathways Program intern.




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Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Storage Change Characteristics (2003–2016) over Major Surface Basins and Principal Aquifers in the Conterminous United States

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EROSPublication - Long-Term (1986–2015) Crop Water Use Characterization over the Upper Rio Grande Basin of United States and Mexico Using Landsat-Based Evapotranspiration

Gabriel B. Senay, et al

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NC CASC Leads Climate Workshops with Tribes of the Lower Missouri River

by Noah Williams, NC CASC Intern





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Consortium Partners meet in Boulder

NC CASC 2019 Annual Consortium Partner Meeting





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Meet NC CASC Intern, Rebecca Reath

NC CASC intern Rebecca Reath is a senior at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, with a concentration in Biological and Geospatial Sciences.




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Meet NC CASC Intern, Tori Pfaeffle

Tori Pfaeffle joined the NC CASC as an intern in June.




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Meet NC CASC Intern, Noah Williams

Noah Williams recently joined the NC CASC as an intern to work with the NC CASC's Tribal Resilience Liaison, Stefan Tangen.




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North Central CASC Receives Funding from the Community for Data Integration (CDI) for New “Climate Scenarios Toolbox”

With support from the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), researchers at the North Central CASC will develop and implement an efficient and robust “Climate Scenarios Toolbox” to help on-the-ground management partners access and in




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Joint Stakeholder Committee Meeting

On June 25-26, the North Central CASC (NC CASC), along with the USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub (Hub), will convene the




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NC CASC Education Lead Leah Wasser Receives Open Educator Award

Leah Wasser is the recipient of the 2019 CU Boulder Open Educator Award from the CU Student Government and the University Libraries.




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NC CASC Announces 2018 Projects

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the following fiscal year 2018 projects funded via the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center:
 





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NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch to be featured in PBS Nova episode, "Inside the Megafire"

NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch will be featured in the Nova special, "Inside the Megafire", airing on PBS on May 8.




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National Adaptation Forum Honors North Central CASC USGS Director Robin O'Malley





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New Product Showcases Implications of Climate Scenarios for Badlands National Park Resource Management

One of the biggest challenges facing resource managers today is not knowing exactly when, where, and how climate change effects will unfold.




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NC CASC members to present at National Adaptation Forum

Several members of the NC CASC will present at the National Adaptation Forum in Madison, WI, April 23-25:

 





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Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance Board meets with NC CASC members, others at CU Boulder

On December 19, 2018, The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance Board traveled to Boulder to discuss opportunities for engagement with other CU and Boulder-area groups interested in working with the GPTWA, NC CASC, and indigenous communities.




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Applications now being accepted for the USGS NCASC Science to Action Fellowship Program

The Science to Action Fellowship is provided through a partnership between the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) and Michigan State University (MSU).




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Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance to meet with NC CASC teams in Boulder

Members of the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance Board will travel to Boulder to meet with NC CASC teams on December 19 to discuss synergistic opportunities.




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CASC Presentations at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Click here to view a list of CASC presentations at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., December 10-14, 2018.





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NC CASC USGS Deputy Director to chair session at American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

NC CASC USGS Deputy Director Aparna Bamzai-Dodson will chair the session "PA14B: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Drought and Drought Decisions" at the American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in W




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CIRES Special Seminar: Dr. Jennifer Balch, "The Human Imprint on Modern Fire Regimes"

Dr. Jennifer Balch, Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Colorado Boulder, Director of Earth Lab and University Director of North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center




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CU Boulder to Host Federal Climate Adaptation Science Center

 

Researchers will focus on science in support of natural resource management, addressing tribal, federal, state and local needs

 





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