December 2014 Posts

Top “Best of 2014 Lists” for Conservation. Happy New Year!



What a year 2014 was for the CLCC! Here’s a quick glimpse. 

To celebrate the close of such a great year and to inspire our work in the New Year, we have compiled a list of the top “Best of 2014 Lists” related to conservation of natural and cultural resources. Enjoy! 

The Best Nature Literature of 2014 | via @calestous and @guardian

a peregrine falcon perched above a busy road in Bristol

The Best Ocean Conservation Wins of 2014 | via @HealTheBay

Queen parrotfish eating algae off the reef in Curaçao (photo by Stan Bysshe)

Top 10 Scientific American Stories of 2014 | via @sciam


The Best of Science Friday 2014 | via @scifri


Best U.S. Ocean Stories of 2014 | via @Helvarg, @natgeo, @princetonwater

Marine reserves bring back large predators like this Mediterranean dusky grouper at Cabrera National Park, Spain. Learn how Pristine Seas identifies and protects the oceans' last wild places. (Photo: Enric Sala / National Geographic)

Wildlife Conservation Society’s 10 Best Camera Trap Images of 2014 | via @bookerbooker111 and @TheWCS


Best Books in Conservation Photography of 2014 | via @surfrider and @mothernaturenet


The Best of 2014 Environmentalism | via @MTVact


Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 | via @DNews


Nature Magazine’s Best Images of the Year | via @matthiasrascher


Most Bizarre Nature Stories of 2014 | via @GrindTV and @LunchwithLainey

Gecko born with two heads, six legs a “lucky” find; photo from the Phuket News Facebook page

Best Wildlife Stories of 2014 | via @JustAdventurers


Best Long Science Reads of 2014 | via @_NatureScience


The Best Nature Books of 2014 | via @GrrlScientist and @guardian


Best National Park Photos of 2014 | via @yosemitedn


Best Ornithology Books of 2014 | via @NatureNews



Temperature & Precipitation PRISM data for 1963 to 1995 now available on CLCC Interactive Map

New on the CLCC IntPRISMDataLayers_imaperactive Map in the Data Center! See what annual rainfall and temperatures were like for the years 1963 to 1995 in Puerto Rico. Spatially explicit climate data contribute to watershed resource management, mapping vegetation type with satellite imagery, mapping present and hypothetical future ecological zones, and predicting species distributions. The regression based Parameter-elevation Regressions on Independent Slopes Model (PRISM) uses spatial data sets, a knowledge base and expert interaction to generate GIS-compatible grids of climate variables.

The 3 new layers represent the annual precipitation in millimeters, and average temperature maximum and minimum in degrees Celsius from 1963 to 1995 for Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra at roughly 450 meter spatial resolution

Nuevos datos en el Mapa Interactivo del CLCC (en el Centro de Datos). Puedes ver cuáles eran los datos de las temperaturas y la precipitación anual para los años 1963 al 1995. Datos climáticos espaciales específicos contribuyen al manejo de los recursos de cuencas, al hacer mapas de vegetación con imágenes satelitales, para hacer mapas de tiempo presente y de zonas ecológicas hipotéticas para el futuro y para predecir la distribución de las especies. La regresión basada en el parámetro de elevación conocida como PRISM (en inglés el Independent Slopes Model) utiliza datos espaciales, un conocimiento base y experto en interacciones para generar cuadrantes de variables climáticas compatibles con SIG (GIS).

Las tres nuevas capas representan la precipitación anual en milímetros y las temperaturas máximas y mínimas promedio en grados Celsio desde 1963 hasta 1995 para Puerto Rico, Vieques y Culebra a una resolución espacial de casi 450 metros.



Conference Report from the Third International Conference on Climate Services (2013)

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region


While climate services are being provided through pilot efforts in many parts of the world, moving beyond these initial efforts to implement climate services at scale remains a challenge. Last year, the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative participated in the third International Conference on Climate Services (ICCS 3), held in Montego Bay, Jamaica from December 4-6, to explore opportunities and constraints regarding the transition to sustained climate services, paying specific attention to issues of drought monitoring, coastal management, and climate-related health interventions.

The conference report, video blogs, and resources on climate services tools are now available online at the Climate Services Partnership website.

We also co-chaired the session “Are coastal zones well managed and resilient in the face of climate change?” with our colleague Janice Cumberbatch, University of the West Indies – Cave Hill. Session presenters we convened included Owen Day, CARIBSAVE Partnership, Antonio Marcomini, Universita Ca’Foscari Venezia, Valentina Giannini, Euro-Mediterranean Climate Change Centre.


Conference report

A high-resolution version of the conference report is available here.

A low-resolution version of the conference report is available here.

Conference presentations are found below.


Are coastal zones well managed and resilient in the face of climate change?

Are coastal zones well managed?, Kasey Jacobs & Janice Cumberbatch.pdf

Climate risk and adaptation services in coastal zones: the North Adriatic coast, Antonio Marcomini.pdf

CLIM-RUN: a Participatory process for the definition of climate products in coastal zones, Valentina Giannini.pdf 

Impacts of climate change and the role of ecosystem-based adaptation in the Caribbean, Owen Day.pdf


Video blogs about the coastal management session with co-chairs Janice Cumberbath, University of West Indies, and Kasey Jacobs, Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative. 






Caribbean News Service Article: One-on-one with Lia Nicholson


Check out CLCC’s Summer 2013 Intern Lia Nicholson’s Q&A on Caribbean News Service with Desmond L. Brown. She is now Project Coordinator at the Environment Division for Antigua & Barbuda.

Read Lia’s answers to questions about her Caribbean heroes, using social media for social/environmental awareness raising, what she would want to say to the Caribbean about climate change, and much more. Way to go Lia!