UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)

UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) Helping people understand—and reach decisions in—a complex and changing world.

UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC) is a boundary organization facilitating the interaction between science producers and users. We specialize in science communication and the development of decision support tools for local, regional, and national decision makers, planners, and the public. NEMAC is an applied research center of UNC Asheville. As an applied research center, we implement science in real-world settings. As a center of UNC Asheville, we promote collaborations among the university’s students, faculty, and staff and the community by fostering active partnerships with academic, public, private, and community organizations.

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Often thought as just a problem for forests, invasive insects harm trees in urban areas too. After losing 13 million tre...
09/22/2020

Often thought as just a problem for forests, invasive insects harm trees in urban areas too. After losing 13 million trees to the Emerald Ash Borer, the city of Chicago took action to replace this loss with a more #resilient species for the future. Read more at http://bit.ly/TTchicago #ToolkitTuesday
📷: Michael Collins

Stained glass or a map? (It's a map.)This map is showing preliminary data for a current project we are working on that a...
09/21/2020

Stained glass or a map? (It's a map.)

This map is showing preliminary data for a current project we are working on that attempts to identify areas to prioritize for improving access to broadband internet in Buncombe County. Each shape represents a single address. #GIS #mapping #MappingMonday

Ian Johnson is next up on our staff #featurefriday! He is our resident lover of Halloween and in his college years he sp...
09/18/2020

Ian Johnson is next up on our staff #featurefriday! He is our resident lover of Halloween and in his college years he spent his free time surfing the rain. He was a student intern at NEMAC while earning his second Bachelor's degree (in Environmental Studies) and, like many of us, upon graduation joined the team as a full-time staff member.

"Fox says that too often, individual departments and sectors see risk and vulnerability through their own lenses. In ord...
09/16/2020

"Fox says that too often, individual departments and sectors see risk and vulnerability through their own lenses. In order to help them consider climate vulnerability — which pertains to all departments — Patel says the team asked representatives many different questions regarding their assets and services. While NCDEQ and the Department of Emergency Management have been thinking about climate vulnerability for a long time, she says it’s a new way of thinking for some departments."

Check out this new Medium press hot off the press from The Collider! http://bit.ly/ClimateNC

"As the threat of coastal erosion increases along the thousands of miles of western Alaska’s coastline, communities, res...
09/15/2020

"As the threat of coastal erosion increases along the thousands of miles of western Alaska’s coastline, communities, resource managers, and agencies that serve as stewards of the land need a way to monitor coastal change." Read more about what happens next in this week's #toolkittuesday! http://bit.ly/AKerosion
📷: Sue Evanoff

Any ideas what we're lookin' at here? Your hints are: it has to do with people and how close they live together. If you ...
09/14/2020

Any ideas what we're lookin' at here? Your hints are: it has to do with people and how close they live together.

If you guessed population density in Guam, you nailed it! We have started preliminary data discovery on our Phase III regions for the Coastal Resilience Assessment, which includes Guam, American Samoa, the Great Lakes, and Alaska coast. Keep an eye out for more!

#FeatureFriday Here's Matthew and his partner Zehl posing for their band Ladyblood. Matthew is one of the many UNCA alum...
09/11/2020

#FeatureFriday Here's Matthew and his partner Zehl posing for their band Ladyblood. Matthew is one of the many UNCA alumni on staff. He was a student intern for 2 years before graduating and becoming a fully fledged NEMACian.

What is the best way to plan for #resilience when almost all of your drinking water comes from rainfall? This makes moni...
09/08/2020

What is the best way to plan for #resilience when almost all of your drinking water comes from rainfall? This makes monitoring and understanding future drought that much more important, as you'll learn in this #toolkittuesday case study! http://bit.ly/ASh2o
📷: Chris Shuler

"Beyond the challenge migration poses to affordability, Fox worries that continued growth could eventually make Ashevill...
09/02/2020

"Beyond the challenge migration poses to affordability, Fox worries that continued growth could eventually make Asheville’s population less resilient to the impacts of climate change. As existing housing stock in the area’s flatlands gets bought up, developers are more likely to build on forested mountainsides, which he says are susceptible to landslides and wildfires."

This map shows land cover change over the past two decades in Buncombe County, with purple areas indicating change in urban areas. Check out this article in the Mountain Xpress about climate migration in WNC, featuring our former Director Jim Fox. What do you think the future holds for open space in WNC? http://bit.ly/AVLmigration

Did you see the recent NY Times article "How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering"? One of our...
09/01/2020

Did you see the recent NY Times article "How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering"? One of our favorite urban heat studies comes up (again), but with a twist! Check out the NY Times article, then head over toolkit.climate.gov and type "Heat" in the search bar to find tools and case studies on the topic! #ToolkitTuesday
📷: Neal E. Johnson

https://nyti.ms/2EOkxWf

#MappingMonday We were recently working with some Landslide Susceptibility data from USGS for one of our regions in the ...
08/31/2020

#MappingMonday We were recently working with some Landslide Susceptibility data from USGS for one of our regions in the Coastal Resilience Assessment. Any guesses where this could be?

(Hint: it's in the Pacific Ocean)

The next #featurefriday is the one and only Karin Rogers! After getting her Masters in Geology at University of Georgia,...
08/28/2020

The next #featurefriday is the one and only Karin Rogers! After getting her Masters in Geology at University of Georgia, Karin took a job in 2006 at this little place called UNC Asheville's NEMAC. Fourteen years later, Karin finds herself as Interim Director and Research Scientist at NEMAC, living in West Asheville with her husband, her 4-year-old son and their terrier-of-all-terriers, Auggie-doggie. This photo was taken in 1998 in Naples, FL when Karin was a junior at Union College.

You may have heard about what people are saying might be the hottest recorded temperature on Earth ever at Death Valley ...
08/25/2020

You may have heard about what people are saying might be the hottest recorded temperature on Earth ever at Death Valley National Park (129.9F). So, what about extreme heat? How are we planning for it? Who is going to be most affected by it? Check out this case study in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit that is all about building resilience to extreme heat: http://bit.ly/TTheat #ToolkitTuesday

📷: Minnesota Dept. of Health

#MappingMonday! Everyone's got the Gulf of Mexico on their minds as Tropical Storms Laura and Marco make their way towar...
08/24/2020

#MappingMonday! Everyone's got the Gulf of Mexico on their minds as Tropical Storms Laura and Marco make their way toward the coast. Curious about storm surge and what types of community assets might be exposed? Head over to resilientcoasts.org to check out the Coastal Resilience Assessment and learn more about this region (and many others)!

Jeff graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2009. After dis...
08/21/2020

Jeff graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2009. After discovering his love for the outdoors in the Adirondacks of New York, he hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and moved down to Western North Carolina shortly afterward. He joined NEMAC in December 2019 and enjoys being at a place that intersects his love for both the outdoors and technology all in one. #FeatureFriday

Did you hear the news? We're on the hunt for a part-time Marketing and Design student intern! Details are all on Handsha...
08/20/2020

Did you hear the news? We're on the hunt for a part-time Marketing and Design student intern! Details are all on Handshake!

Are you passionate about communications and have experience with or want to know more about scientific messaging? We are...
08/17/2020

Are you passionate about communications and have experience with or want to know more about scientific messaging? We are looking for you! The selected applicant will work with NEMAC staff to deliver messaging related to identity and project branding throughout print and web materials, as well as on social media platforms. Not sure if you're a good candidate or want to know more before you apply? We'll be at the virtual part-time job fair tomorrow!

Learn more about the position and apply on Handshake. UNC Asheville Career Center

#MappingMonday! Rain, rain, go away. But, will it? Turns out Asheville is the driest place in the whole state, boasting ...
08/17/2020

#MappingMonday! Rain, rain, go away. But, will it? Turns out Asheville is the driest place in the whole state, boasting an average of 37 inches of precipitation per year. In contrast, just 50 miles away is the wettest place in the state: Lake Toxaway in Transylvania County. More maps like this can be found at wncvitalityindex.org (proceed with caution, however, some of this information may be out-of-date)

Nina is up next for our staff #FeatureFriday! From reports to website content, Nina is the queen of editing all things N...
08/14/2020

Nina is up next for our staff #FeatureFriday! From reports to website content, Nina is the queen of editing all things NEMAC. If you've seen any of our Toolkit Tuesday posts, you've seen her work in the CRT. Nina is well-traveled and has been all over the place, including these lava tubes in her former home state of Oregon!

When you think of flooding, do you think about the Intermountain West? In 2013, Boulder, Colorado received more than 8 i...
08/11/2020

When you think of flooding, do you think about the Intermountain West? In 2013, Boulder, Colorado received more than 8 inches of rain and Boulder Creek crested at a record 7.78 feet. This event, along with other disasters such as wildfire, provided the perfect opportunity for building #resilience. Read more about how they made it to Step 3 in the #StepsToResilience: https://bit.ly/BoulderTT #ToolkitTuesday

#MappingMonday! Remember this fire near Lake Lure in 2016? Using HiForm, forest scientists at U.S. Forest Service - Rese...
08/10/2020

#MappingMonday! Remember this fire near Lake Lure in 2016? Using HiForm, forest scientists at U.S. Forest Service - Research and Development can assess changes in a vegetation-sensitive measure called the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). This can help with understanding likely impacts to different types of vegetation.

Today we are starting a new #FeatureFriday series, featuring... ourselves! We like to spend more time talking about our ...
08/07/2020

Today we are starting a new #FeatureFriday series, featuring... ourselves! We like to spend more time talking about our work, but over the next few weeks we are pulling back the curtain and taking it way back to our college years. First up is Kim Rhodes (the one on the left), one of our resident Francophiles, in charge of social media, and self-proclaimed map nerd. Kim graduated from UNC Asheville with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies in 2016 and essentially stumbled into NEMAC as a student. In this photo she is hanging out with Paul Bocuse in Lyon, France. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more staff features!

Wondering what research is like in the midst of COVID-19? Check out this article from the U.S. Forest Service - Research...
08/06/2020

Wondering what research is like in the midst of COVID-19? Check out this article from the U.S. Forest Service - Research and Development about the use of satellite imagery in a tool we developed in partnership with EFETAC called HiForm. HiForm allows critical work to continue during the pandemic. Check it out: https://bit.ly/SRSHiForm
📷: Dave Hoefler

#MappingMonday! If you've heard of our National Coastal Resilience Assessment (resilientcoasts.org), keep an eye out for...
08/03/2020

#MappingMonday! If you've heard of our National Coastal Resilience Assessment (resilientcoasts.org), keep an eye out for the roll out of Phase II of the Assessment featuring Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Shown here is a map for the Spanish translation of the Puerto Rico regional report. #GIS #maps #resilience

ICYMI: Last month UNC Asheville featured us and The Collider in a story about our #resilience work, collaborations, and ...
07/31/2020

ICYMI: Last month UNC Asheville featured us and The Collider in a story about our #resilience work, collaborations, and what a few of our former student interns have been up to. It's a well-crafted story with a ton of info, so take a few minutes and go check it out! https://bit.ly/UNCAstory

Fire can make room for new growth and help to ensure the quality of traditional foods, such as Tanoak acorns, for the Ka...
07/28/2020

Fire can make room for new growth and help to ensure the quality of traditional foods, such as Tanoak acorns, for the Karuk Tribe in northern California. However, High-severity wildfires exacerbated by #climatechange generate a range of negative human health outcomes. Read more about it in the CRT! https://bit.ly/TTkaruk #toolkittuesday
📷: Lisa Hillman

#MappingMonday! One of our old projects, circa 2016, is the Southern Appalachian Vitality Index. This project looks at 4...
07/27/2020

#MappingMonday! One of our old projects, circa 2016, is the Southern Appalachian Vitality Index. This project looks at 4 different areas when considering sustainable growth and natural resource protection in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. It's been a while but the website is still active and many of the topics are still relevant. 🚧 PROCEED WITH CAUTION, however, many of the datasets are old or out of date: southernappalachianvitalityindex.org

Usually for #toolkittuesday we share case studies, but did you know that the Climate Resilience TOOLKIT also has a list ...
07/21/2020

Usually for #toolkittuesday we share case studies, but did you know that the Climate Resilience TOOLKIT also has a list of TOOLS?? Makes sense, doesn't it? They've got tools for all kinds of stuff from air quality to extreme heat to stormwater calculators. Need I say more? Head over to toolkit.climate.gov/tools to check 'em all out!

Happy #MappingMonday! When it comes to #GIS, there's a lot of data out there. Here is a map from the Coastal Resilience ...
07/20/2020

Happy #MappingMonday! When it comes to #GIS, there's a lot of data out there. Here is a map from the Coastal Resilience Assessment showing the erosion potential of soils in coastal California. After downloading this data from NRCS, a little bit of prep work will allow you to visualize various soil characteristics. Head over to resilientcoasts.com to check out this and other Assessment inputs and products!

#ThrowbackThursday! This time last year we were at the Esri User Conference in sunny San Diego. We've been enjoying a vi...
07/16/2020

#ThrowbackThursday! This time last year we were at the Esri User Conference in sunny San Diego. We've been enjoying a virtual conference this year, but can't wait to get back to seeing everyone in person next year!

Have you ever heard of aquifer storage and recovery? An interagency committee was formed in Puerto Rico to address prolo...
07/14/2020

Have you ever heard of aquifer storage and recovery? An interagency committee was formed in Puerto Rico to address prolonged drought conditions and a declining aquifer that had become so infiltrated by salt water that the concentration was at the upper limit recommended for drinking. Read more about how they did it in the CRT! https://bit.ly/TTaquifer #toolkittuesday 📷: U.S. Drought Monitor

#MappingMonday! Here is a snapshot of a 3D visualization we created that shows flooding from storm surge in Florida. 3D ...
07/13/2020

#MappingMonday! Here is a snapshot of a 3D visualization we created that shows flooding from storm surge in Florida. 3D modeling is one of the most satisfying things to put together because there is a lot to consider to get to the final product! We have found that sometimes it is easier to communicate hazards to stakeholders and help them make informed decisions using 3D mapping. #GIS #maps

Are you following us on our other platforms? Don't miss out on anything we are doing or sharing! Let's be friends. #Foll...
07/10/2020

Are you following us on our other platforms? Don't miss out on anything we are doing or sharing! Let's be friends. #FollowFriday

The North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan is the result of 11 months of stakeholder engagement and ...
07/08/2020

The North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan is the result of 11 months of stakeholder engagement and collaborative work. This plan is a framework to guide state action, engage policy-makers and stakeholders, and facilitate collaboration across the state and focus the state’s attention on climate resilience actions and address underlying stressors such as the changing climate, aging infrastructure, socio-economic disparities, and competing development priorities. We are proud to have been a collaborator on this huge project! Check out the full report:https://files.nc.gov/ncdeq/climate-change/resilience-plan/2020-Climate-Risk-Assessment-and-Resilience-Plan.pdf

Happy #MappingMonday! This is a precipitation map from a 2013 technical report for the 2014 National Climate Assessment....
07/06/2020

Happy #MappingMonday! This is a precipitation map from a 2013 technical report for the 2014 National Climate Assessment. On the left are projections for percent change under lower emissions scenarios and the right shows higher emissions scenarios. For similar maps, check out nca2014.globalchange.gov and nca2018.globalchange.gov! #GIS #climatechange #maps

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