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December 19, 2013
Mary Ratnaswamy 413-545-3424 mratnaswamy@usgs.gov
Hannah Hamilton 703-648-4356 hhamilton@usgs.gov

Interior’s Secretary Jewell Announces New Wildlife and Climate Studies for the Northeast Climate Science Center

Helping Ecosystems, Plants, Animals, and Fish Cope with Climate Change


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Reporters: Descriptions of the funded projects for the Northeast CSC are available here.

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center is awarding just over  $800,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

"Even as we take new steps to cut carbon pollution, we must also prepare for the impacts of a changing climate that are already being felt across the country," said Secretary Jewell. "These new studies, and others that are ongoing, will help provide valuable, unbiased science that land managers and others need to identify tools and strategies to foster resilience in resources across landscapes in the face of climate change."

The six funded studies, plus tribal support and one that will be conducted jointly with the Southeast CSC, focus on how climate change will affect natural resources in the northeastern U.S. and management actions that can be taken to help offset such change. They include:

"In the Northeast United States, it is vital that we work on climate change effects now to better prepare our communities, ecosystems, and species for the future," said Mary Ratnaswamy, director of Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center. "These and other ongoing studies are aimed directly at the people who need them: managers and policy makers already grappling with the effects of climate change. Indeed, they are our partners in identifying priority resources, sharing available data, setting goals, and working together to solve the challenges of adapting to climate change."

Each of the Department of the Interior's eight Climate Science Centers worked with states, tribes, federal agencies, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, universities supporting the CSCs, and other regional partners to identify the highest priority management challenges in need of scientific input, and to solicit and select research projects.

The studies will be undertaken by teams of scientists from the universities that comprise the Northeast CSC, from USGS science centers and Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, and from other partners such as the states, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USDA Forest Service, Indian tribes, state fish and wildlife agencies, other DOI Bureaus, and the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in each region.

The eight DOI Climate Science Centers form a national network, and are coordinated by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, located at the headquarters of Interior's U.S. Geological Survey. CSCs and LCCs have been created under Interior's strategy to address the impacts of climate change on America’s waters, land, and other natural and cultural resources. Together, Interior's CSCs and LCCs will assess the impacts of climate change and other landscape-scale stressors that typically extend beyond the borders of any single national wildlife refuge, national park or Bureau of Land Management unit and will identify strategies to ensure that resources across landscapes are resilient in the face of climate change.

The Northeast Climate Science Center is hosted by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and also works with a consortium of institutions: the College of Menominee Nation, Columbia University, Marine Biological Laboratory, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri, Columbia, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  The NE CSC conducts climate science for Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and parts of Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri.

Useful links:

Northeast CSC projects

Northeast CSC Homepage

NE CSC's Consortium Website

Full list of funded projects for all eight DOI Climate Science Centers


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