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Modeling climate change, urbanization, and fire effects on Pinus palustris ecosystems of the southeastern U.S.

Managing ecosystems for resilience and sustainability requires understanding how they will respond to future anthropogenic drivers such as climate change and urbanization. In fire-dependent ecosystems, predicting this response requires a focus on how these drivers will impact fire regimes. Here, we use scenarios of climate change, urbanization and...

Costanza, Jennifer; Terando, Adam J.; McKerrow, Alexa J.; Collazo, Jaime A.
Costanza, J. K., A. J. Terando, A. J. McKerrow, and J. A. Collazo, 2015: Modeling climate change, urbanization, and fire effects on Pinus palustris ecosystems of the southeastern U.S. J. Environ. Manage., 151, 186–199, doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.12.032. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301479714006112 (Accessed January 7, 2015).

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Climate change in the Northeast and Midwest United States

The climate is changing rapidly in ways that have already impacted wildlife and their habitats. Here, we present a summary of the observed past and projected future climate changes in the region that are relevant to wildlife and ecosystems, as well as what we know and don’t know in order to raise managers’ confidence in their planning. A number of...

Bryan, Alexander; Karmalkar, Ambarish; Coffel, Ethan; Ning, Liang; Horton, Radley M.; Demaria, Eleonora; Fan, Fanxing; Bradley, Raymond S.; Palmer, Richard
Staudinger, Michelle D., Morelli Toni Lyn, and Bryan Alexander M. 2015. Integrating Climate Change into Northeast and Midwest State Wildlife Action Plans. DOI Northeast Climate Science Center Report. Amherst, MA.

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Integrating climate change into northeast and midwest State Wildlife Action Plans

The Department of Interior Northeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC) conducts research that responds to the regional natural resource management community’s needs to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. The NE CSC is supported by a consortium of partners that includes the University of Massachusetts Amherst, College of Menominee...

Staudinger, Michelle D.; Morelli, Toni L.; Bryan, Alexander
Staudinger, M. D., T. L. Morelli, and A. M. Bryan. 2015. Integrating Climate Change into Northeast and Midwest State Wildlife Action Plans. DOI Northeast Climate Science Center Report, Amherst, Massachusetts. Available at: http://necsc.umass.edu/

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Scale-appropriate adaptation strategies and actions in the Northeast and Midwest United States

Climate Change Adaptation is a growing field within conservation and natural resource management. Actions taken toward climate change adaptation account for climate impacts and ecological responses, both current and projected into the future. These actions attempt to accomplish a number of goals, including the conservation of wildlife and...

Staudinger, Michelle D.; Hilberg, Laura; Janowiak, Maria; Caldwell, Chris; D'Amato, Anthony W.; Grant, Evan H. Campbell; Horton, Radley M.; Katz, Rachel A.; Neiil, Chris; Nislow, Keith H.; Potter, Ken; Rowland, Erika; Swanston, Chris; Thompson, Frank; Winiarski, Kristopher J.

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Year Published: 2014

Chemical mixtures in potable water in the U.S.

In recent years, regulators have devoted increasing attention to health risks from exposure to multiple chemicals. In 1996, the US Congress directed the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study mixtures of chemicals in drinking water, with a particular focus on potential interactions affecting chemicals' joint toxicity. The task is...

Ryker, Sarah J.
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SJ Ryker, 2013, Chemical Mixtures in Potable Water in the U.S.: Comprehensive Water Quality and Purification vol. 1, Status and Trends of Water Quality Worldwide, Elsevier, ed. S Ahuja, 267-277.

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Managing the whole landscape: Historical, hybrid, and novel ecosystems

The reality confronting ecosystem managers today is one of heterogeneous, rapidly transforming landscapes, particularly in the areas more affected by urban and agricultural development. A landscape management framework that incorporates all systems, across the spectrum of degrees of alteration, provides a fuller set of options for how and when to...

Hobbs, Richard J.; Higgs, Eric S.; Hall, Carol M.; Bridgewater, Peter; Chapin, F. Stuart; Ewel, John J.; Hallett, Lauren M.; Ellis, Erle C.; Harris, James; Hulvey, Kristen B.; Jackson, Stephen T.; Kennedy, Patricia L.; Kueffer, Christoph; Lach, Lori; Lantz, Trevor C.; Lugo, Ariel E.; Mascaro, Joseph; Murphy, Stephen D.; Nelson, Cara; Perring, Michael P.; Richardson, David M.; Seastedt, Timothy; Standish, Rachel J.; Starzomski, Brian M.; Suding, Katharine N.; Tognetti, Pedro M.; Yakob, Laith; Yung, Laurie

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The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center annual report for 2013

In 2008, Congress created the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) within the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The center was formed to respond to the demands of natural resource managers for rigorous scientific information and effective tools for assessing and responding to climate change. Located at the USGS National...

Varela-Acevedo, Elda
Varela-Acevedo, Elda, 2014, The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center annual report for 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1402, 32 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/cir1402.

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Climate remains an important driver of post-European vegetation change in the eastern United States

The influence of climate on forest change during the past century in the eastern United States was evaluated in a recent paper (Nowacki & Abrams, 2014) that centers on an increase in ‘highly competitive mesophytic hardwoods’ (Nowacki & Abrams, 2008) and a concomitant decrease in the more xerophytic Quercus ...

Neil Pederson; Anthony W. D’Amato; James M. Dyer; Foster, David R.; Goldblum, David; Hart, Justin L.; Hessl, Amy E.; Iverson, Louis R.; Jackson, Stephen T.; Martin-Benito, Dario; McCarthy, Brian C.; McEwan, Ryan W.; Mladenoff, David J.; Parker, Albert J.; Shuman, Bryan; Williams, John W.
Pederson, N., D'Amato, A. W., Dyer, J. M., Foster, D. R., Goldblum, D., Hart, J. L., Hessl, A. E., Iverson, L. R., Jackson, S. T., Martin-Benito, D., McCarthy, B. C., McEwan, R. W., Mladenoff, D. J., Parker, A. J., Shuman, B. and Williams, J. W. (2015), Climate remains an important driver of post-European vegetation change in the eastern United States. Glob Change Biol, 21: 2105–2110. doi:10.1111/gcb.12779

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Maintaining resilience in the face of climate change

Climate change, when combined with more conventional stress from human exploitation, calls into question the capacity of both existing ecological communities and resource management institutions to experience disturbances while substantially retaining their same functions and identities (Zellmer and Gunderson 2009; Ruhl 2011). In other words, the...

Camacho, Alejandro E.; Beard, T. Douglas

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Simulating 2,368 temperate lakes reveals weak coherence in stratification phenology

Changes in water temperatures resulting from climate warming can alter the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems. Lake-specific physical characteristics may play a role in mediating individual lake responses to climate. Past mechanistic studies of lake-climate interactions have simulated generic lake classes at large spatial scales or...

Read, Jordan S.; Winslow, Luke A.; Hansen, Gretchen J. A.; Van Den Hoek, Jamon; Hanson, Paul C.; Bruce, Louise C.; Markfort, Corey D.

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Inland capture fishery contributions to global food security and threats to their future

Inland fish and fisheries play important roles in ensuring global food security. They provide a crucial source of animal protein and essential micronutrients for local communities, especially in the developing world. Data concerning fisheries production and consumption of freshwater fish are generally inadequately assessed, often leading decision...

Youn, So-Jung; Taylor, William W.; Lynch, Abigail J.; Cowx, Ian G.; Beard, T. Douglas; Bartley, Devin; Wu, Felicia