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Ecological Drought in the Northeast United States newsletter
Ecological Drought in the Northeast United States: Anticipating changes to iconic species, landscapes, and ecosystems.
Ecological Drought in the Northeast United States newsletter Permanent Link
The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Center at the U.S. Geological Survey have chosen the emerging climate science field of ecological drought as a research focus area. This newsletter highlights the outcomes of a two-day workshop held at the Northeast CSC in Amherst, Massachusetts, as part of a series of meetings at each of the nation's eight CSCs. These workshops are aimed at collating our existing knowledge of the ecological impacts, resistance, and recovery from drought. The Northeastern and Midwestern United States are generally considered a well-watered region, yet droughts have happened in the past due to large-scale changes in atmospheric circulation. As recently as the 1960s and 1980s, widespread drought was experienced in this Northeast region. It is predicted that drought conditions in the region will become more prevalent as climate change influences temperature and precipitation patterns throughout the region.

Ecological Drought in the North Central United States newsletter
Ecological drought in the North Central United States: droughts of the future will not be droughts of the past.
Ecological drought in the North Central United States Permanent Link
Drought is a normal feature in the North Central and Great Plains of the United States. Yet, as the region continues to warm and the impacts of climate change are more widespread, the threat of ecological drought has the potential to result in major social and ecological impacts. The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, have chosen the emerging climate science field of Ecological Drought as a research focus area. This newsletter highlights the outcomes of a two-day workshop held at the North Central CSC in Fort Collins, Colorado, as part of a series of meetings at each of the nation's eight CSCs. These workshops are aimed at collating our existing knowledge of the ecological impacts, resistance, and recovery from drought.

Participants at the synthesis workshop held at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD with USGS and IAN
Participants at the synthesis workshop held at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD, June 13-15 2017.
Ecological drought in the United States - synthesis workshop Permanent Link
A recent workshop in June 2017 represented the culmination of almost two years of work by Simon Costanzo, Brianne Walsh, and Bill Dennison with the United States Geological Survey, summarizing the status of ecological drought science across the United States. This synthesis workshop was hosted by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland, with representatives from eight Climate Science Centers which are part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and where IAN had conducted workshops at each beginning in 2015. The objectives of this final workshop were to 1) synthesize our findings from those eight individual workshops into a synthesis newsletter, 2) develop a synthesis paper for publication, and 3) generate a paper outlining emerging trends in the ecological drought in the United States.

Ecological drought in the South Central U.S. newsletter cover
The Ecological drought in the South Central United States newsletter.
Ecological drought in the South Central United States newsletter Permanent Link
The Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and their managing organization, the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, have chosen the emerging climate science field of Ecological Drought as a research focus area. This newsletter highlights the outcomes of a two-day workshop held in Norman, Oklahoma, as part of a series of meetings at each of the nation's eight CSCs. The South Central CSC is a regional partnership of researchers, land managers, tribes, and others working collaboratively to develop tools and strategies that address the impacts of climate, including drought. Drought is not new to the South Central United States. Historically the region has experienced multi-year droughts. However, climate change is bringing new challenges that will require further innovations in land management.

The Integration & Application Network is an initiative of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
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