Publications about USA

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Ecological Drought Across the United States (Page 1)

Ecological Drought Across the United States

Profound, widespread, and becoming more severe

Carter S, Donahue K, Myers B, Rubenstein M, Dennison WC, Lentz R, Blackband J, Malpeli K, Costanzo S, and Walsh B ·
1 August 2019

Across the United States, ecological drought is ubiquitous, profound, and has become more severe. This newsletter summarizes the findings of a three-year synthesis on the current status of drought research across the United States. The ecological drought synthesis project involved workshops at each of the eight regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers.

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Using Basin Report Cards to support the TDA/SAP process (Page 1)

Using Basin Report Cards to support the TDA/SAP process

Heath Kelsey, Brianne Walsh ·
12 November 2018

The Healthy Rivers for All partnership has created a process to develop new collaborations and partnerships in river basins to improve holistic management of water. The approach uses an inclusive process that helps communities create a common understanding of basin health, foster a shared vision for the future, and track progress in achieving goals.

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Transforming our coastal futures through partnerships to foster sustainability (Page 1)

Transforming our coastal futures through partnerships to foster sustainability

Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Emily Nastase, Brianne Walsh ·
18 September 2018

This newsletter summarizes the Looking for a Future in Assessment Workshop, held in University College Cork, 27th to 29th March 2018, brought together Regional Seas stakeholders, assessment organizations, and UN and other international bodies. Participants identified a strategic opportunity to work more closely together to chart desired coastal futures.

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Healthy Rivers for All (Page 1)

Healthy Rivers for All

Brianne Walsh, Alexandra Fries, Simon Costanzo, Heath Kelsey, Bill Dennison ·
7 September 2018

The world’s waters are threatened by a host of problems. Impacts from human activities like development and overuse are exacerbated by changes in climate, and increased competition by different societal interests, putting vulnerable communities and ecosystems at risk. Creating a sustainable balance of water needs for both nature and people is challenging. It will require people that are competing for water resources to work together in new collaborations and partnerships.

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From Science to Solutions (Page 1)

From Science to Solutions

Jeff Brown, Faerthen Felix, David White, Kathleen Wong, Ivar Babb, Rob Gropp, Jane Hawkey ·
1 November 2014

IAN helped create an OBFS/NAML publication, targeting legislators, government funding agencies, and educational institutions. The goal was to feature the scientific and social value of field stations, the need for their support, and their future plans for sustainability.

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More habitat means more fish (Page 1)

More habitat means more fish

Jane Thomas, Heath Kelsey, Bill Dennison ·
6 May 2013

Restoring and expanding coastal and estuarine habitat leads to increases in fish populations, which have a positive impact on the communities and the industries that depend on thriving and sustainable fisheries. This report makes a powerful case that investing in our nation’s coastlines and estuaries leads to healthy habitat and strong fisheries, which has a positive impact on the businesses and industries, both recreational and commercial, that need healthy fisheries to survive and thrive.

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Reduction of the temperature sensitivity of soil organic matter decomposition with sustained temperature increase

Craine JM, Fierer N, McLauchlan KK, and Elmore AJ ·

The degree to which microbial communities adjust their decomposition of soil carbon over time in response to long-term increases in temperature is one of the key uncertainties in our modeling of the responses of terrestrial ecosystems to warming. To better understand changes in temperature sensitivity of soil microbial communities to long-term increases in soil temperature, we incubated 27 soils for one year with both short-term and long-term manipulations of temperature.

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Timing of climate variability and grassland productivity

Craine JM, Nippert JB, Elmore AJ, Skibbe AM, Hutchinson SL, and Brunsell NA ·

Future climates are forecast to include greater precipitation variability and more frequent heat waves, but the degree to which the timing of climate variability impacts ecosystems is uncertain. In a temperate, humid grassland, we examined the seasonal impacts of climate variability on 27 y of grass productivity. Drought and high-intensity precipitation reduced grass productivity only during a 110-d period, whereas high temperatures reduced productivity only during 25 d in July.

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Spectroscopic Analysis of Canopy Nitrogen and Nitrogen Isotopes in Managed Pastures and Hay Land RID D-4569-2009

Elmore AJ and Craine JM ·

Improving watershed nutrient budgets, ecosystem models, and our understanding of the impact of land-use management on ecosystem functioning depends on the development of remote sensing methods that can predict aspects of the nitrogen (N) cycle. This is particularly true for temperate managed grasslands, which constitute a large portion of agricultural land and, at times, export a significant amount of N to aquatic systems and the atmosphere.

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