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The last call of the rail in California?

August 15, 2016

In a new blog published on the Early Career Climate Forum, Jordan Rosencranz, a UCLA graduate student and SW CSC Fellow, discusses his research on California’s salt marshes - breeding habitat for species like Ridgway’s Rails.

"As wetland scientists, we are simultaneously trying to understand the effects of climate change and sea-level rise on salt marshes, and also trying to the make them more resilient to such forces. Salt marshes could be the first coastal ecosystems to perish in the wake of climate change and sea-level rise... Read more

SW CSC Review Team Member Solicitation

August 3, 2016

The American Fisheries Society and the Human Dimensions Research Unit of Cornell University have been engaged by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) to conduct 5-year reviews of the eight DOI Climate Science Centers (CSC). Please consider becoming a member of this review team to conduct a review of the Southwest CSC in Tucson, Arizona to be held on February 14-17, 2017.

Potential members of these Science Review Teams (SRT) should have expertise in the general area of the development and/or application of climate science to fisheries,... Read more

AGU session: Ensuring coordination across climate science entities

July 22, 2016

Responding effectively to the challenges posed by climate change has become a primary goal for natural resource management in the US. At local and regional levels, stakeholders and decision-makers are grappling with integrating climate information into planning and implementation. Several regional federal programs are available to facilitate these efforts, including NOAA’s Regional Integrated Science Assessment (RISA) programs, USDA Climate Hubs, DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) led by USGS, and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) led primarily by US Fish... Read more

Some Birds and Reptiles Vulnerable to Climate Change in the Southwestern US

July 11, 2016

The Southwest’s high species richness reflects the area’s varied geography and climate. As regional climates change, so do habitats, which can affect species distribution. In a new study, funded by the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center, USGS and university researchers partnered to examine this effect and offer insights to minimize climate impacts.

In the study, the range of fifteen bird species (including pinyon jay, pygmy nuthatch, sage thrasher, and black-throated sparrow) and sixteen reptile species (including Gila monster, horned lizard, chuckwalla, and Sonoran desert... Read more

Prescribed Fires Reduce Tree Death from Drought

May 23, 2016

A new study, funded in part by the Southwest Climate Science Center, shows that prescribed fire can be an effective forest-management tool to reduce the effects of drought. With severe, ongoing drought affecting much of the southwestern U.S., federal land managers require information on how to respond.

“There is a lot of research showing that climate change is already increasing drought frequency and severity,” said Phillip van Mantgem, USGS forest ecologist and lead author of the study. “Our study indicated that when some trees were removed using prescribed fire,... Read more