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Year Published: 2018

Final report for climate effects on the culture and ecology of sugar maple

Maple syrup is produced from the sap of sugar maple trees collected in the late winter and early spring. Native American tribes have collected and boiled down sap for centuries, and the tapping of maple trees is a cultural touchstone for many people in the northeast and Midwest. Because the tapping season is dependent on weather conditions, there...

Morelli, Toni Lyn; Stinson, Kristina A.

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Spatial patterns of development drive water use

Water availability is becoming more uncertain as human populations grow, cities expand into rural regions and the climate changes. In this study, we examine the functional relationship between water use and the spatial patterns of developed land across the rapidly growing region of the southeastern United States. We quantified the spatial pattern...

Sanchez, G.M.; Smith, J.W.; Terando, Adam J.; Sun, G.; Meentemeyer, R.K.

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Looking beyond wildlife: Using remote cameras to evaluate accuracy of gridded snow data

The use of remote cameras is widespread in wildlife ecology, yet few examples exist of their utility for collecting environmental data. We used a novel camera trap method to evaluate the accuracy of gridded snow data in a mountainous region of the northeastern US. We were specifically interested in assessing (1) how snow depth observations from...

Sirén, Alexej P.K.; Somos-Valenzuela, Marcelo; Callahan, Catherine; Kilborn, Jillian R.; Duclos, Timothy; Tragert, Cassie; Morelli, Toni Lyn

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Potential impacts of projected climate change on vegetation-management strategies in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Climate change is expected to alter the seasonal and annual patterns of rainfall and temperature in the Hawaiian Islands. Land managers and other responsible agencies will need to know how plant-species habitats will change over the next century in order to manage these resources effectively. This issue is a major concern for resource managers at...

Camp, Richard J.; Berkowitz, S. Paul; Brink, Kevin W.; Jacobi, James D.; Loh, Rhonda; Price, Jonathan; Fortini, Lucas B.
Camp, R.J., Berkowitz, S.P., Brinck, K.W., Jacobi, J.D., Loh, R., Price, J., and Fortini, L.B., 2018, Potential impacts of projected climate change on vegetation-management strategies in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5012, 151 p., 3 appendixes, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185012.

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Alaska snowpack response to climate change: Statewide snowfall equivalent and snowpack water scenarios

Climatically driven changes in snow characteristics (snowfall, snowpack, and snowmelt) will affect hydrologic and ecological systems in Alaska over the coming century, yet there exist no projections of downscaled future snow pack metrics for the state of Alaska. We updated historical and projected snow day fraction (PSF, the fraction of days with...

Littell, Jeremy S.; McAfee, Stephanie A.; Hayward, Gregory D.
Littell, J.S.; McAfee, S.A.; Hayward, G.D. Alaska Snowpack Response to Climate Change: Statewide Snowfall Equivalent and Snowpack Water Scenarios. Water 2018, 10, 668.

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U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers and U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center—Annual report for 2017

IntroductionThe year 2017 was a year of review and renewal for the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The Southeast, Northwest, Alaska, Southwest, and North Central CSCs’ 5-year summary review reports were released in...

Varela Minder, Elda
Varela Minder, Elda, 2018, U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers and U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center—Annual report for 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1049, 14 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181049.

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Movers and stayers: Novel assemblages in changing environments

How species will respond to ongoing climate and other change is of increasing concern.Most attention is given to how species move or are moved, but many species stay.Understanding the dynamics of new species combinations is essential for successful conservation in a changing climate.Increased attention to species movement in response to...

Hobbs, Richard L.; Valentine, Leonie E.; Standish, Rachel J.; Jackson, Stephen T.
Movers and Stayers: Novel Assemblages in Changing Environments. Hobbs, Richard J. et al., Trends in Ecology & Evolution , Volume 0 , Issue 0 ,

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Temperature variations in the southern Great Lakes during the last deglaciation: Comparison between pollen and GDGT proxies

Our understanding of deglacial climate history in the southern Great Lakes region of the United States is primarily based upon fossil pollen data, with few independent and multi-proxy climate reconstructions. Here we introduce a new, well-dated fossil pollen record from Stotzel-Leis, OH, and a new deglacial temperature record based on branched...

Watson, Benjamin I.; Williams, John W.; Russell, James M.; Jackson, Stephen T.; Shane, Linda; Lowell, Thomas V.

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Development of a multimetric index for integrated assessment of salt marsh ecosystem condition

Tools for assessing and communicating salt marsh condition are essential to guide decisions aimed at maintaining or restoring ecosystem integrity and services. Multimetric indices (MMIs) are increasingly used to provide integrated assessments of ecosystem condition. We employed a theory-based approach that considers the multivariate relationship...

Nagel, Jessica L.; Neckles, Hilary A.; Guntenspergen, Glenn R.; Rocks, Erika N.; Schoolmaster, Donald; Grace, James B.; Skidds, Dennis E.; Stevens, Sara
Nagel, J. L., Neckles, H. A., Guntenspergen, G. R., Rocks, E. N., Schoolmaster, D. R. Jr., Grace, J. B., Skidds, D., and Stevens, S., 2018, Development of a multimetric index for integrated assessment of salt marsh ecosystem condition: Estuaries and Coasts, v. 41, no. 2, p. 334-348. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-017-0293-3

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Downscaling future climate change projections over Puerto Rico using a non-hydrostatic atmospheric model

We present results from 20-year “high-resolution” regional climate model simulations of precipitation change for the sub-tropical island of Puerto Rico. The Japanese Meteorological Agency Non-Hydrostatic Model (NHM) operating at a 2-km grid resolution is nested inside the Regional Spectral Model (RSM) at 10-km grid resolution, which in turn is...

Bhardwaj, Amit; Misra, Vasubandhu; Mishra, A.; Adrienne Wootten; Boyles, Ryan; Bowden, J.H.; Terando, Adam J.

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Climate change refugia and habitat connectivity promote species persistence

BackgroundClimate change refugia, areas buffered from climate change relative to their surroundings, are of increasing interest as natural resource managers seek to prioritize climate adaptation actions. However, evidence that refugia buffer the effects of anthropogenic climate change is largely missing.MethodsFocusing on the climate-sensitive...

Morelli, Toni Lyn; Maher, Sean P.; Lim, Marisa C. W.; Kastely, Christina; Eastman, Lindsey M.; Flint, Lorraine E.; Flint, Alan L.; Beissinger, Steven R.; Moritz, Craig

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Balancing research and service to decision makers

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Littell, Jeremy S.; Terando, Adam J.; Morelli, Toni Lyn