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  • Nov 23 - The "Blob" is reminiscent of past ocean warming events
    OSU researchers and colleagues, using data from sediment core from the Gulf of Alaska, found a link between abrupt ocean warming at the end of the last ice age and the sudden onset of low-oxygen, or hypoxic conditions that led to vast marine dead zones. “Many people have assumed that climate change impacts will be gradual and predictable,” co-author Alan Mix said, “but this study shows that the ecological consequences of climate change can be massive and can occur pretty fast, with little warning.” Lead author of a recent Nature paper, Summer Praetorius, who conducted the research as part of her doctoral studies at Oregon State University and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Carnegie Institution for Science, thinks that" “While it’s too soon to know how this event ties into the long-term climate patterns that will emerge in the future, the current conditions seem eerily reminiscent of the past conditions that gave way to extended periods of hypoxia.”
  • Nov 18 - Warmest October on record
    According to the October 2015 Global Climate Report, the globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for October 2015 was the highest for October since record keeping began in 1880. This was also the highest departure from average for any month in the 1,630 months of record keeping, surpassing the previous record set last month.

    Global oceans and the year-to-date period (Jan-Oct.) were also record warm.
  • Nov 8 - Parts of Florida under water by 2025
  • Nov 3 - 3rd global coral bleaching event on record underway
  • Oct 23 - 8-27% observed California drought 2012-14 due to human caused warming

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Effects of climate and vegetation on martens and fishers in the Sierra Nevada, California

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CBI investigated the effects of climate and vegetation on the distribution of martens (Martes caurina) and fishers (Martes pennanti) in the Sierra Nevada in California ...

Integrated Scenarios Dataset Collection
What might the Northwestern US look like over the course of the 21st century as a result of anthropogenic climate change? To address this question a coordinated effort using state of the science models including the latest climate, hydrologic and vegetation models was used to illustrate potential scenarios of the future Northwest environment. The end product was a
Delivering Usable Climate Change Information to Sagebrush Managers
Climate change is adding uncertainty to the long-term effectiveness of current land management strategies. Information is needed to adjust these strategies for projected increased climate variability, longer droughts, more intense rainfall events, warmer summers, reduced water provision and changes in fire regime. Our goal is to discover how climate change information
Multivariate Adaptive Constructed Analogs(MACA) Downscaling Method
Climate scenarios from global climate models (GCM) provide the primary scientific basis for our understanding of future climates. However, output data from GCMs are at coarse scales (i.e. 100-300 km) resulting in significant biases in regions of complex climate such as the Northwestern US making direct application of such data intractable. To overcome these limitations,
DRECP Climate Console Guide and Case Study
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) [**Climate Console**]( is a user friendly web based mapping application designed to allow users to explore climate projections to better understand how climate change could alter ecosystems in the California desert. Leveraging the power of [**Data