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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.

Are you or your group interested in mapping your community's hottest neighborhoods? The National Integrated Heat Health ...
01/22/2020

Are you or your group interested in mapping your community's hottest neighborhoods? The National Integrated Heat Health Information System (NIHHIS) is currently accepting applications for financial support to map urban heat islands. See the link for additional information and how to apply: http://bit.ly/CRTurbanheat

Valued for their beauty and diversity, the Menominee lands are home to expansive forests. Unfortunately, the land is vul...
01/21/2020

Valued for their beauty and diversity, the Menominee lands are home to expansive forests. Unfortunately, the land is vulnerable to pests, diseases, and invasive species. When Menominee Tribal Enterprises became aware of the risks, they took action! 📷: Climate Change Response Network https://toolkit.climate.gov/case-studies/and-trees-will-last-forever

Looking for something fun to do? Check out the Winter Buzz Breakfast Series! This month the session will focus on climat...
01/20/2020

Looking for something fun to do? Check out the Winter Buzz Breakfast Series! This month the session will focus on climate resilience and is open to everyone. Tickets are still available so don’t miss out on this awesome event! Click the link to purchase your ticket! https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/9891/leadership-asheville

Big news released this week from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA - National Aeronautics ...
01/17/2020

Big news released this week from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration: 2019 finished as Earth's second warmest year in NOAA's 140-year record. Have you ever wondered how they calculate this, though? Check out the article from FiveThirtyEight that reveals all the details: http://bit.ly/2019Temp

We post about it all the time, but have you actually browsed through all of the resources available on the Climate Resil...
01/15/2020

We post about it all the time, but have you actually browsed through all of the resources available on the Climate Resilience Toolkit? The CRT is a one-stop shop for case studies, regional information, tools, and other resources to help communities and groups in the resilience planning process. Check it out at toolkit.climate.gov

Since most students are back in school we thought now is the perfect time to share this awesome article! In 2017, middle...
01/14/2020

Since most students are back in school we thought now is the perfect time to share this awesome article! In 2017, middle school students from Georgia worked to help residents recognize and reduce flood risk. Their efforts also helped the community lower their flood insurance costs! http://ow.ly/xUMw50xU757

Happy New Year from everyone at NEMAC! One of our new year's resolutions is to post content that YOU want to see on our ...
01/01/2020

Happy New Year from everyone at NEMAC! One of our new year's resolutions is to post content that YOU want to see on our social media pages. Leave a comment down below to tell us what you want to see from our page in 2020! #happynewyear #2020

Our numero uno, MOST POPULAR blog post of the year comes from a former student intern. Just before graduation, she appli...
12/31/2019

Our numero uno, MOST POPULAR blog post of the year comes from a former student intern. Just before graduation, she applied the Climate Resilience Toolkit's Steps to Resilience to assessing the impeding doom... err, I mean, transition. It's a fun and creative take on the Steps and we are proud to report that Metis is thriving without us. 🏆🏆🏆

Take a few minutes to read it and then go party like it's the end of the 2010s! Happy New Year from all of us at NEMAC, we hope this is an exciting transition and not turbulent chaos for you! http://bit.ly/medMetis

The 2nd most popular post of the year is from another one of our awesome student interns. In this post, she makes severa...
12/30/2019

The 2nd most popular post of the year is from another one of our awesome student interns. In this post, she makes several important points about what exciting and meaningful work looks like. It is definitely an end-of-year must read (fact, not an opinion). So, in case you haven't read it or need a refresher, check out the full post here: http://bit.ly/DefenseofDesk

The 3rd most popular post of the year comes from one of our talented student interns. It's just a short snapshot of how ...
12/29/2019

The 3rd most popular post of the year comes from one of our talented student interns. It's just a short snapshot of how she started to better understand just how far-reaching #GIS can be. Check out the full post: http://bit.ly/KelseyGIS

The 4th most popular post of 2019 is all about how to leverage the power of Google Earth Engine to track forest change u...
12/28/2019

The 4th most popular post of 2019 is all about how to leverage the power of Google Earth Engine to track forest change using satellite imagery. This post is packed with examples and even a link to some code you can use to try it out yourself (you know, if you're bored this weekend)! Check out the full post here: http://bit.ly/MediumTreeFall

2019 is almost over so we are looking back at the year's blog posts. We've rounded up the top 5 most read blog posts for...
12/27/2019

2019 is almost over so we are looking back at the year's blog posts. We've rounded up the top 5 most read blog posts for the next few days and today we have 5th place for you. Enjoy!

The 5th most popular blog post deals with the inherent iterative process that is #GIS modeling. Sometimes we don't get it 100% right the first time around so we take the time to learn some lessons and make updates. Check it out on the blog: http://bit.ly/MedHarvey

The CRT Climate Explorer program allows users to explore graphs and maps to look at both historical and projected variab...
12/26/2019

The CRT Climate Explorer program allows users to explore graphs and maps to look at both historical and projected variables for any county in the US! Click on this link to check it out! https://crt-climate-explorer.nemac.org/

Still have your fingers crossed for a white Christmas? Don't miss this map from NOAA National Centers for Environmental ...
12/23/2019
Are You Dreaming of a White Christmas?

Still have your fingers crossed for a white Christmas? Don't miss this map from NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information that shows where is the best chance for a white Christmas according to weather history. Snowing or not, we hope you are having a great holiday season!

https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/white-christmas

See which places have the best chance of being a winter wonderland on December 25 according to weather history.

What makes our Interns special? Not only are they students, with a full class load, but they are often spending at least...
12/20/2019

What makes our Interns special? Not only are they students, with a full class load, but they are often spending at least 10 hours/week in the office with us AND doing other incredible things. Katie Caruso just wrapped up her work as a McCullough Fellow, where she partnered with the Botanical Gardens at Asheville to study the reproduction biology of Spiraea virginiana (Virginia Spiraea). This shrub is endemic to riparian habitats of Southern Appalachia and faces threats to long-term survival and evolutionary potential from habitat degradation and limitations to its sexual selection. Katie also facilitated workshops that invited participants to contemplate their relationship to nature through writing. Great job, Katie!

Read more about the project here:
https://mccullough.unca.edu/faces/katie-caruso

We have all heard of the reports and calls from scientists and activists that climate action is crucial. World leaders j...
12/18/2019
Adapt or Perish

We have all heard of the reports and calls from scientists and activists that climate action is crucial. World leaders just came together at COP25 and walked away with no real plan for a global carbon credit system. In today's blog post, Nina makes the argument that what is typically used to stall action doesn't matter... we can adapt or perish. What are your thoughts and what do you hope for in the new year (and new decade) in climate policy?

Check out the post here: http://bit.ly/MedNinaAdapt

The climate is changing. It doesn’t matter what — or who — is causing it.

Detection is hereOut where quiet change happenswhen trees need us most#HaikuTuesdayWe have been partnering with the U.S....
12/17/2019

Detection is here
Out where quiet change happens
when trees need us most
#HaikuTuesday

We have been partnering with the U.S. Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center in the delivery of the Landscape Dynamics Assessment Tool (LanDAT), a tool to assess landscape dynamics based on satellite-observed vegetation change. Check out the map viewer and accompanying story maps that help you understand the data and research behind it.

https://landat.org/

Did you read about or participate in Dave's study about estimating distance? Well, he's back with a "spatial" update tha...
12/11/2019
Spatial Anchoring

Did you read about or participate in Dave's study about estimating distance? Well, he's back with a "spatial" update that you won't want to miss! If you did miss part one, you can hop over to read about that first with a handy link at the top of the post Check them both out here: http://bit.ly/MedSpatial

Does the anchoring heuristic have a spatial component?

NEMAC works with the US Forest Service Southern Research Station Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center t...
12/11/2019

NEMAC works with the US Forest Service Southern Research Station Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center to create and manage a tool for them called ForWarn. This can be used to see the impact of humans on mountain grasses and shrubs!
https://forwarn.forestthreats.org/

Have you checked out the newest section of the Climate Resilience Toolkit yet? The Great Lakes region is home to approxi...
12/10/2019
Great Lakes | U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit

Have you checked out the newest section of the Climate Resilience Toolkit yet? The Great Lakes region is home to approximately 23 million people on the U.S. side and, together, the Great Lakes make up the largest freshwater system on Earth!! Head over to the CRT to learn more about this region: https://toolkit.climate.gov/regions/great-lakes

The Great Lakes region includes all or portions of eight U.S. states—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio in their entirety, plus the Great Lakes watershed areas of Pennsylvania and New York—as well as the province of Ontario, Canada. The region straddles U.S. regions typi...

Why should we care about soil and what we put into it? Simply put, better soil, better climate (and more crop yield). Ch...
12/05/2019

Why should we care about soil and what we put into it? Simply put, better soil, better climate (and more crop yield). Check out this article about an Ohio farmer who believes there is a better approach to farming than the methods used by most people today! http://ow.ly/tY2p50xb7xH Photo by paul mocan on Unsplash

One of the projects we work on here at NEMAC is helping communities all over the US come up with a climate resilience pl...
11/27/2019

One of the projects we work on here at NEMAC is helping communities all over the US come up with a climate resilience plan. This article highlights the three key elements that helps make these plans effective!
#climate #resilienceplan
http://ow.ly/xZZs50xlq56

Our team has been hard at work on Phase 2 of the Coastal Resilience Assessment with stakeholder workshops and modeling u...
11/19/2019

Our team has been hard at work on Phase 2 of the Coastal Resilience Assessment with stakeholder workshops and modeling underway in 4 new (and very different) regions: Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Check out the data in our interactive tool and report for Phase 1 at resilientcoasts.org #resilience

NEMACians love to spend our free time exploring our lovely mountains. This article by The Trek outlines the do’s and don...
11/17/2019
The Do's and Dont's of Hiking Etiquette - The Trek

NEMACians love to spend our free time exploring our lovely mountains. This article by The Trek outlines the do’s and dont’s of hiking etiquette to get you prepared for your next adventure! https://thetrek.co/dos-donts-hiking-etiquette/ #takeahikeday

Hike your own Hike—commonly referenced as HYOH—is a mantra that is impossible to avoid if you’re reading anything about a thru-hike. With a meaning quite literal to its phrase, the purpose of HYOH is to remind hikers to concern themselves with only their own hike, and to not let others’ hike...

College campuses all across the US have made major strides toward better recycling programs. At UNC Asheville alone, ove...
11/15/2019

College campuses all across the US have made major strides toward better recycling programs. At UNC Asheville alone, over 577 tons of campus waste was recycled in 2015 and that number has continued to increase. Proud to be part of a campus that works hard to reduce waste, learn more about this initiative here: https://www.unca.edu/about/campus-operations/initiatives/ #americarecyclesday

ICYMI: Yesterday was World Kindness Day! But, that should probably apply every day (in our opinion). We think being espe...
11/14/2019

ICYMI: Yesterday was World Kindness Day! But, that should probably apply every day (in our opinion). We think being especially kind to the Earth is quite important, but understanding Earth science can be quite tricky. That's why we worked with the U.S. Global Change Research Program to develop a consistent graphical communication of their indicators for a changing #climate. Read more about the project here: https://nemac.unca.edu/climate-indicator-graphics #WorldKindnessDay

Happy #GIS day from all of us at NEMAC! GIS allows us visualize and understand patterns and relationships around us, it ...
11/13/2019

Happy #GIS day from all of us at NEMAC! GIS allows us visualize and understand patterns and relationships around us, it provides a foundation in many of our projects at NEMAC. Here is a selection of maps throughout the years, do you recognize any?

Happy weekend! We are super excited to finally be able to share this new region in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit! ...
11/08/2019

Happy weekend! We are super excited to finally be able to share this new region in the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit! #climate #resilience #midwest

Introducing the newest regional section of the U.S. #Climate Resilience Toolkit, the Midwest! Find information about Midwest regional climate impacts as well as curated collections of tools, case studies, trainings, and reports that are particularly helpful in building #resilience in the Midwest.

https://toolkit.climate.gov/regions/midwest

What are your thoughts on integrating climate planning in healthcare? Vulnerable populations will be hit hardest by the ...
11/06/2019
The Collider

What are your thoughts on integrating climate planning in healthcare? Vulnerable populations will be hit hardest by the effects of #climatechange and these groups are collaborating to collect and aggregate data to better serve these populations. Check out the full blog post for more details!

Comprised largely of Collider members and partners, the Western North Carolina Health and Climate Working Group is actively engaging local health care leaders in conversation around the impacts of climate change on public health in the region. Read our newest Medium story to learn more.

You might have noticed that we like to brag about our student interns (they do so much for us) and now we have another c...
11/06/2019

You might have noticed that we like to brag about our student interns (they do so much for us) and now we have another chance! Our very own Lindsey Nystrom, GIS Queen, was chosen as Intern of the Year by UNC Asheville and UNC Asheville Career Center. Lindsey is a motivated and talented student and worker and has proven to be a valuable asset. She is quickly becoming an expert on how #GIS can be applied to communicate the complicated issues in #climate science. From all of us at NEMAC: great job, Lindsey, you deserve it! 🏆🏆🏆

Here’s a test: What do you, on your most instinctive level, associate with the color blue?A. Authority, calm, peaceB. Lo...
11/05/2019
Presentation Matters, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Data Communication

Here’s a test: What do you, on your most instinctive level, associate with the color blue?
A. Authority, calm, peace
B. Low numerical value
C. Nebulous sense of positivity
Click on this link for an exploration of the meaning of the color blue!
https://medium.com/nemac-blog/presentation-matters-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-data-communication-e1483fca1dc5

What do you associate with the color blue?

Did you know that not every country practices Day Light Savings Time? This article by National Geographic describes why ...
11/03/2019
Daylight saving time, explained

Did you know that not every country practices Day Light Savings Time? This article by National Geographic describes why some places opt-out of participating in this and the history behind this time of year! https://on.natgeo.com/2kQIId8 #daylightsavingstime

Find out the history behind daylight saving time and why some places participate while others opt out.

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. These three simple words sum up what we can do to create a better environment. But, things are n...
10/30/2019

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. These three simple words sum up what we can do to create a better environment. But, things are not always that simple. In this article created by the EPA, they break down the commonly asked questions about recycling and give you all the answers you need! http://bit.ly/2moZsZt #sustainabilityday

ICYMI: Part of our Coastal Resilience Assessment team was in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recently to hold st...
10/26/2019

ICYMI: Part of our Coastal Resilience Assessment team was in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recently to hold stakeholder engagement workshops. Check out this write-up about the project: http://bit.ly/NOAAcrest #NEMACatlarge #resilience

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