September 2012 Newsletter

In this issue:

Update on Indicators and Targets

Natural Resource Indicators Spreadsheet - Last Chance to Suggest Sources

Forest and Grassland Carbon Course for Land Managers

Meeting with Southeastern State Historic Preservation Offices

North Inlet Reserve in SC Hosts Award-Winning Research on Sea Level Rise

Drought and Carolina Coastal Ecosystems

Francis Marion National Forest Plan Revision- Input Requested

Report on Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services

Sentiinel Landscapes Project

GOMA All Hands Meeting Presentations Now Online

Alaska Experiences - Reminders in Climate Change Research

For Those Conducting Research in the Ablemarle Sound Region

Partnership for Gulf Coast Lands Conservation 3rd Annual Meeting

Climate Change Postdoc Positions at Colorado State

131 Years of Global Warming in 26 Seconds (video)





Update on Indicators and Targets

by Rua Mordecai, Science Coordinator, SALCC

Photo credit: Ed Pivorum
Lots of great things will be happening over the next few months related to natural resource indicators and targets for your cooperative. The synthesis of existing natural resource plans is almost done. >>Read more on Rua's blog...



Updated Indicators Spreadsheet - Last Chance to Suggest Sources!

by Hilary Cole, SCEP Intern/Master's Student, SALCC/NCSU


Over the last month, I expanded our natural resource indicator spreadsheet to include new sources.  I'm almost finished, but I'm still very interested in your input. Please let me know within the next two weeks (by 9/14) if you want to suggest another source. >>Read more on Hilary's blog...



Forest and Grassland Carbon Course for Land Managers Now Available

by Stephanie Worley Firley, Biological Science Information Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center


 
Forest and Grassland Carbon in North America: a short course for land managers is now available on DVD and online through the USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC). The course features 15 presentations that provide public and private land managers with information on the science, management, and policy of forest and grassland carbon. >>Read more on Stephanie's blog...



Meeting with the Southeastern State Historic Preservation Offices

by Janet Cakir, Socioeconomic Adaptation Coordinator, SALCC


On August 9th We had a fantastic meeting with the South Eastern State Historic Preservation Officers and some of their staffs (SHPOs). We broke out into groups of approximately 7 and brainstormed questions about ways we can work together and our respective roles in conservation of cultural resources.  I learned a tremendous amount about SHPO organizations and walked away with lots of ideas for ways we can benefit each other in the future. >>Read more on Janet's blog...



North Inlet Reserve in SC Hosts Award-Winning Research on Sea Level Rise

by Laurie Rounds, Gulf Coast LCC Liaison, NOAA


This summer Dr. James Morris, director at the Baruch Institute at the University of South Carolina, received the 2012 Merit Award of the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) for his long term research at the North Inlet Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on coastal wetlands response to sea level rise. For a link to the paper and to read more, see Laurie's blog.



Drought and Carolina Coastal Ecosystems

by Ryan Boyles, Director, NC State Climate Office



The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and the Carolinas Regionally Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) team recently co-hosted a drought workshop. >>Read more on Ryan's blog...



Francis Marion National Forest Plan Revision Process - Input Requested

by Ginger Deason, Information Transfer Specialist/Forest Service Liaison, SALCC

As Forest Service Liaison to the South Atlantic LCC, I recently attended the Francis Marion National Forest Plan Revision Kick-Off Meeting in Columbia, SC. The Plan Revision Process is a very thorough, collaborative process that is extremely dedicated to getting input from non-Forest Service stakeholders. >>Read  more on Ginger's blog...



Report on Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services

by Robin O'Malley, Policy and Partnership Coordinator, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center/USGS

Drs. Michelle Staudinger and Shawn Carter from the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center are members of the steering committee and writing team, which consists of over 60 contributors from federal agencies, academia, and NGOs, to the recently released “Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services Technical input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment” report. >>Read more on Robin's blog...



Sentinel Landscapes Project

by Don Belk, Manager, Sentinel Landscapes Project/NCSU


Agriculture and Defense are the two largest sectors of North Carolina’s economy, with an annual impact of $70 billion and $26 billion, respectively, and tens of thousands of jobs. >>>Read more on Don's blog...



GOMA All-Hands Meeting Presentations Now Online

by Laurie Rounds, Gulf Coast LCC Liaison, NOAA

 
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has posted presentations from the 2012 All Hands Meeting on their website. The annual meeting was held in Corpus Christi, TX from June 19-21 and provides a good overview of Alliance activities and regional priorities. >>Read more on Laurie's blog...


 

Alaska Experiences - Reminders in Climate Change Research

by Adrienne Wootten, Environmental Meteorologist, NC State Climate Office


This past July the International Arctic Research Center (IARC) hosted their once a year summer school program. This summer the program offered something new and different: This was the first year that the IARC summer school was sponsored by the Alaska Climate Science Center (CSC), and it was also the first year that the summer school topic was about the applications of downscaling. >>Read more on Adrienne's blog...



For Those Conducting Research In the Albemarle Sound Region

by Michelle Moorman, Biologist, USGS

The Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP) has partnered with United States Geological Survey (USGS) North Carolina Water Science Center and are working on a four-year demonstration project in the Albemarle Sound region. Please assist us by contributing to our cataloging effort. >>Read more on Michelle's blog...



Partnership for Gulf Coast Lands Conservation 3rd Annual Meeting

by Laurie Rounds, Gulf Coast LCC Liaison, NOAA


On August 21st, I attended the 3rd annual meeting for the Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The Partnership, formed with assistance from the Land Trust Alliance, is a coalition of land conservation organizations and trusts working across the 5 Gulf States. The formation of this coalition elevated discussions about the important role that voluntary land protection can play in recovery and restoration efforts for the Gulf. >>Read more on Laurie's blog...



Climate Change Post Doc Positions at Colorado State

by Whitney Gray, Sea Level Rise Coordinator, FWC/Florida Sea Grant

Two post doctoral position at Colorado State University are now available for work related to the Department of Interior North Central Climate Science Center. One pertains to “regional climate change scenario planning for resource management”, the other on “climate change adaptation and resource management decision making research”. >>Read more on Whitney's blog...


 

131 Years of Climate Change in 26 Seconds (video)

posted by Ginger Deason, Information Transfer Specialist/Forest Service Liaison, SALCC


 
If you've never checked out Climate Central before to see all the cool and up-to-date info they have on climate change, now is the time. I just found a neat video that covers the past 131 years of global temperature change in just 26 seconds- perfect for my attention span! (Spoiler alert - it gets hotter!) >>Watch video
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