Climate Change and Freshwater Fish Product Wins USGS Communications Excellence Award

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NE CSC-funded decision-support tool and interactive website, Shifts in Fish Habitat Under Climate Change, wins USGS Shoemaker Award for External Communications Excellence

Largemouth bass at the USFWS Mountain-Prairie Aquarium

(Credit: Spencer Neuharth, USFWS. )

The NE CSC-funded decision-support tool and interactive website, Shifts in Fish Habitat Under Climate Change, won a prestigious USGS award in communications, the Shoemaker Award for External Communications Excellence.  The Shoemaker Communications Awards were established to recognize extraordinary examples of communicating and translating complex scientific concepts and discoveries into words and pictures that capture the interest and imagination of the American public or increase knowledge and understanding among USGS employees about the USGS’s mission.

The External Communications Excellence awards recognize information products that convey complex scientific concepts to non-science audiences. A product of the NE CSC-funded project, "An Integrated Assessment of Lake and Stream Thermal Habitat Under Climate Change", this interactive data visualization website makes the results of a new study more accessible to a non-technical audience.  The team, who include Jordan Read of the USGS; Gretchen Hansen, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; Luke Winslow, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Marty Wernimont, Lynxnet, LLC; and Lindsay Carr, developed this web tool to visually demonstrate new data on lake temperature changes and consequential effects on walleye and largemouth bass populations in Wisconsin. 

Winners are recognized at an annual bureau awards ceremony in May and receive a personalized trophy.  


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