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Brown Bags are back

The South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative’s (LCC) monthly Triangle Climate and Landscape Brown Bag will return in October, and with a fierce assemblage of climate-relevant organizations behind it.  In addition to coordination from South Atlantic LCC, three other organizations on North Carolina State University’s campus will also contribute to the event: the State Climate Office of North Carolina (SCONC), [...]

By |September 19th, 2014|Member Blog|Comments Off on Brown Bags are back

Hot Topics – Summer 2014

Hot Topics Summer 2014 I wanted to post a note here to let you all know about a quarterly newsletter that the Southeast Regional Climate Change program has developed.  The newsletter, titled "Hot Topics", is intended to provide you with information related to climate change and its relation to management actions.  It will contain short [...]

By |July 31st, 2014|Member Blog|Comments Off on Hot Topics – Summer 2014

Could increasing climate variability usher in “the Age of the Mediocre Forest?”

In 2001, when large numbers of red spruce trees began dying atop Mt. Mitchell in western North Carolina, U.S Forest Service researchers stepped in to investigate. During the four years before the researchers’ arrival, unusual drought and abnormally high air temperatures combined with acid rain pollution and a rare outbreak of southern pine beetles to [...]

By |July 9th, 2014|Member Blog|Comments Off on Could increasing climate variability usher in “the Age of the Mediocre Forest?”

When it rains, it pours…and increases soil erosion potential in a changing climate

Anyone who has seen a gully carved by water flowing over land or a muddied creek following a rainstorm has witnessed soil erosion. Beyond its messiness, water-caused soil erosion can have far reaching impacts. When nutrients and organic matter in soils are washed away, decreased soil fertility affects food production, sediment entering streams and rivers [...]

By |June 30th, 2014|Member Blog|Comments Off on When it rains, it pours…and increases soil erosion potential in a changing climate

Third Thursday Web Forum

April 17th, 2014:  "Can forests take the heat?  Managing pests and ecosystem services in a warming climate" with Steve Frank, Ph.D., North Carolina State University Trees help mitigate the urban heat island effect and provide other services to urban residents. Unfortunately, herbivores are often more abundant and damaging on urban than rural trees.  We have found [...]

By |April 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Interactive climate change resources from the Forest Service

Clear, engaging, and scientifically accurate climate education is the first step to incorporating climate change into natural resource management. In order to help bridge that gap, the USDA Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center has released a new interactive online education module on basic climate change science and climate modeling. The module, “Climate Change Science and [...]

By |April 1st, 2014|Member Blog|Comments Off on Interactive climate change resources from the Forest Service

Third Thursday Web Forum

February 20th, 2014:  "Synthesis of climate model downscaling products for the southeastern United States"with Adrienne Wooten, Graduate Research Assistant & Environmental Meteorologist, State Climate Office of North Carolina Downscaled climate model products have become an important aspect of conservation decision making and ecological modeling with regards to the impacts of climate change. However, the large variety of downscaling techniques has [...]

By |February 20th, 2014|0 Comments

National Fish, Wildlife & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

On March 26th 2013, in partnership with State and Tribal agencies, the Obama Administration released the first nationwide strategy to help public and private decision makers address the impacts that climate change is having on natural resources and the people and economies that depend on them. Developed in response to a request by Congress, the [...]

By |May 2nd, 2013|Staff Blog|Comments Off on National Fish, Wildlife & Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy

LCCs and the U.S. Forest Service: Working together for vulnerability assessments & forest planning

While this project and collaboration are not taking place in the South Atlantic LCC, this is a great example of how different agencies and organizations can work together to adapt existing tools to their needs. By doing so they are furthering conservation goals of everyone involved while not duplicating efforts. What do EcoAdapt, the California [...]

By |December 3rd, 2012|Member Blog|Comments Off on LCCs and the U.S. Forest Service: Working together for vulnerability assessments & forest planning

Third Thursday Web Forum

November 15th, 2012:  "What is PINEMAP and how can it help you?" with Heather Dinon, State Climate Office of North Carolina Instructions for Instant Net Conference (visual): 1. Click here to join the meeting (please join about 5 minutes before start time). 2. Enter the required fields. Meeting Number: 441906303 Meeting Passcode:  there is no passcode – JUST LEAVE BLANK 3. [...]

By |November 15th, 2012|0 Comments