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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TODAY at 10:00am: Dave’s presentation on Spatial Anchoring! Did he trick you into participating in his study? Are you in...
02/17/2021

TODAY at 10:00am: Dave’s presentation on Spatial Anchoring! Did he trick you into participating in his study? Are you interested in #spatial research? If you are attending #ncgis2021 be sure to check it out!

Happy #MappingMonday!! Recently we’ve been mapping the #broadband access in WNC counties. This map provides a glimpse in...
02/15/2021

Happy #MappingMonday!! Recently we’ve been mapping the #broadband access in WNC counties. This map provides a glimpse into the issue that we call the “swiss cheese” effect.

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit has a handy glossary that we refer people  to (and use ourselves) all the time! Word...
02/11/2021

The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit has a handy glossary that we refer people to (and use ourselves) all the time! Words and #communication are important parts of our work and a key part of #resilience planning. Check out the glossary at https://toolkit.climate.gov/content/glossary

Heads up students! We are looking for an intern to work on science writing and communication with a project about landsl...
02/10/2021

Heads up students! We are looking for an intern to work on science writing and communication with a project about landslide hazards in western North Carolina. This project helps support the North Carolina Geological Survey in their efforts to communicate complex scientific data to a broad audience. Head over to handshake to see the post and apply! https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4392684 @UNCACAREER

Do you have experience with Python and Javascript? Are you interested in learning new skills by creating prototypes, ass...
02/08/2021

Do you have experience with Python and Javascript? Are you interested in learning new skills by creating prototypes, assisting with maintaining existing software, and working in a self-directed environment? We are HIRING a Web Developer Intern! Check out the post on Handshake and apply! https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4392126 @UNCACAREER

Has it been a snowy winter? A rainy summer? We helped redesign Drought.gov with new content and extensive usability rese...
02/05/2021

Has it been a snowy winter? A rainy summer? We helped redesign Drought.gov with new content and extensive usability research. This site is packed with tons of interesting information, so make sure you spend some time on it

Deadline fast approaching!!! If you are interested in science communication and want to work with us this summer, head t...
02/03/2021

Deadline fast approaching!!! If you are interested in science communication and want to work with us this summer, head to reu.unca.edu to see how to apply! UNC Asheville Career Center

ICYMI: Just before the end of 2020 we released four new regions in our Coastal Resilience Assessments. Head over to resi...
02/01/2021

ICYMI: Just before the end of 2020 we released four new regions in our Coastal Resilience Assessments. Head over to resilientcoasts.org where you can now find data and reports for all available regions! #MappingMonday

#ToolkitTuesday! We want to start the year out right by reminding you that there is a full glossary of terms related to ...
01/26/2021

#ToolkitTuesday! We want to start the year out right by reminding you that there is a full glossary of terms related to climate #resilience and #adaptation at http://ow.ly/3C4Q50DiEbo

Applications are due soon for this opportunity to work with us this summer! Check out the details and how to apply at re...
01/22/2021

Applications are due soon for this opportunity to work with us this summer! Check out the details and how to apply at reu.unca.edu

Welcome back and happy first day of classes, bulldogs! All the best to you all this semester. - ❤️ NEMAC
01/19/2021

Welcome back and happy first day of classes, bulldogs! All the best to you all this semester.

- ❤️ NEMAC

Every year National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) releases an overview of the previous year's billion do...
01/18/2021

Every year National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) releases an overview of the previous year's billion dollar weather disasters. In 2020, there were 22 weather/climate disasters with losses exceeding $1 billion each. The annual average of these types of events, since 1980, is 7. At NEMAC we believe that understanding how a community can build resilience before a disaster occurs will help in the long run and potentially decrease the losses of these types of events. Read more from the NOAA report at ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/

📷: NOAA NCEI

UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)'s cover photo
12/14/2020

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

UNC Asheville's National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)
12/14/2020

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

ICYMI: last week we announced the release of four new Regional Coastal Resilience Assessments, in partnership with Natio...
12/07/2020

ICYMI: last week we announced the release of four new Regional Coastal Resilience Assessments, in partnership with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA Fisheries Service. These assessments help identify areas where resilience-building projects have the greatest potential to improve wildlife habitat and community resilience to flooding threats. Explore the results and more at resilientcoasts.org!

If you or someone you know is looking for a (PAID) internship/research opportunity and you're interested in #climate com...
12/01/2020

If you or someone you know is looking for a (PAID) internship/research opportunity and you're interested in #climate communication, you might be a good fit for our position in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program! Head over to reu.unca.edu to learn more about the requirements AND perks!

We are excited to announce, along with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA Fisheries Service and local advisory ...
11/30/2020

We are excited to announce, along with National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, NOAA Fisheries Service and local advisory committees and stakeholder groups, the release of the Coastal Resilience Assessments for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. These assessments help identify areas where resilience-building projects have the greatest potential to improve wildlife habitat while boosting community resilience to flooding threats.

Assessment results are intnded to complement ongoing state and community-level coastal resilience planning efforts, and can be used by community planners, conservation organizations, and others to help make informed decisions. Explore more at resilientcoasts.org!

Kelsey was hired as a GIS intern in April of 2019 and then moved to a narrative writer position and then climate resilie...
11/20/2020

Kelsey was hired as a GIS intern in April of 2019 and then moved to a narrative writer position and then climate resilience intern. All of that on top of her involvment with the UNCA Divest campaign! It's hard to emphasize just how much of an asset Kelsey has been to the NEMAC team. We are sad to see her go, but so so proud of everything she has accomplished and wish her all the best after graduation. Kelsey is currently applying to both Peace Corps and Environmental Policy graduate programs. She is graduating this semester with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Managem and Policy. Congratulations, Kelsey! 🎉

Kelsey was hired as a GIS intern in April of 2019 and then moved to a narrative writer position and then climate resilie...
11/20/2020

Kelsey was hired as a GIS intern in April of 2019 and then moved to a narrative writer position and then climate resilience intern. All of that on top of her involvment with the UNCA Divest campaign! It's hard to emphasize just how much of an asset Kelsey has been to the NEMAC team. We are sad to see her go, but so so proud of everything she has accomplished and wish her all the best after graduation. Kelsey is currently applying to both Peace Corps and Environmental Policy graduate programs. She is graduating this semester with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Managem and Policy. Congratulations, Kelsey! 🎉

For over a year now, the NEMAC+FernLeaf team has been working on the Charleston Vulnerability and Risk Assessment and we...
11/18/2020

For over a year now, the NEMAC+FernLeaf team has been working on the Charleston Vulnerability and Risk Assessment and we are excited to finally be able to share it with you. Check out this article about the Assessment, which links to the report! https://bit.ly/NFcharleston

#MappingMonday! Today we're getting technical. Do you know the difference between rasters and vectors? Rasters are a mat...
11/16/2020

#MappingMonday! Today we're getting technical. Do you know the difference between rasters and vectors? Rasters are a matrix of cells, where each cell holds a value representing some kind of information. Common examples are elevation or imagery. Vectors are coordinate-based data that represents geographic features, such as points, lines, and polygons. The visual difference is shown here, can you see the cells of the raster on the edge of the orange shape? #GIS

#ToolkitTuesday! There is a new tool from Headwaters Economics on the CRT called Neighborhoods at Risk and it is PACKED ...
11/10/2020

#ToolkitTuesday! There is a new tool from Headwaters Economics on the CRT called Neighborhoods at Risk and it is PACKED with all kinds of useful information. This tool is designed to meet community planning needs to protect people and property from the impacts of climate change. Check it out at headwaterseconomics.org/apps/neighborhoods-at-risk/

Ready for a spooooooky story? All was well in 2012, until around this time that year when Superstorm Sandy made her way ...
10/29/2020

Ready for a spooooooky story? All was well in 2012, until around this time that year when Superstorm Sandy made her way up the eastern seaboard. Before Halloween even arrived, Sandy left WNC in an eerie state: the leaves at their peak were covered in snow! Sandy continued north, where NY and NJ were particularly hit hard. While this is a pretty spooky story, it also spurred the Coastal Resilience Assessment work we have been doing with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for 5 years now. Check it out at resilientcoasts.org. Happy Halloween!

In today's #ToolkitTuesday, learn how one hospital system in Missouri came back strong and #resilient after it took a di...
10/26/2020

In today's #ToolkitTuesday, learn how one hospital system in Missouri came back strong and #resilient after it took a direct hit from a tornado. http://bit.ly/TTmissouri

📷: NOAA

#ToolkitTuesday! Since wildfires have been raging in the west this year, forest management has been on the minds of just...
10/20/2020

#ToolkitTuesday! Since wildfires have been raging in the west this year, forest management has been on the minds of just about everyone. To figure out the best plan of action, forest managers used a tool called TACCIMO. To learn more about the plan and the tool, head over to the Toolkit! #wildfire #forestry
📷: USFS
http://bit.ly/TTforestry

TOMORROW! Join us and others for the UNCA Office of Sustainability Climate Teach-in! Learn more and register to attend t...
10/19/2020

TOMORROW! Join us and others for the UNCA Office of Sustainability Climate Teach-in! Learn more and register to attend this virtual event at http://bit.ly/CliTeach!

#tbt! Let's talk about words! We think words are important and are one of the most valuable ways of helping people under...
10/15/2020

#tbt! Let's talk about words! We think words are important and are one of the most valuable ways of helping people understand science and why they should care. Check out this old medium post from 2019 where Nina lays it all out about getting on the same page with vocabulary: http://bit.ly/MedVocab
📷: Kelly Sikkema

Want to learn more about climate change, related issues, and solutions? Don't miss this virtual event hosted by Sustaina...
10/14/2020

Want to learn more about climate change, related issues, and solutions? Don't miss this virtual event hosted by Sustainability at UNC Asheville on Oct. 20. One of our student interns, Kelsey Hall, will be discussing climate resilience planning! Learn more and register for the event here: http://bit.ly/CliTeach

Today's #mappingmonday is a product we use all the time from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and partners: the National La...
10/12/2020

Today's #mappingmonday is a product we use all the time from U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and partners: the National Land Cover Database! Not only is it pretty, it's fun to look at. This product shows development intensity and different types of natural areas, which is really useful in many of our analyses. You can use a map viewer to check it out yourself at mrlc.gov/viewer!

Did you know we're on other social media platforms? Don't miss out on anything we're up to, head over to those and follo...
10/09/2020

Did you know we're on other social media platforms? Don't miss out on anything we're up to, head over to those and follow along with us there!

It's #toolkittuesday! Are you curious about the impacts of #climatechange on different areas? The Climate Explorer (crt-...
10/06/2020

It's #toolkittuesday! Are you curious about the impacts of #climatechange on different areas? The Climate Explorer (crt-climate-explorer.nemac.org) is a great tool for understanding that. Shown here is the increase of cooling degree days in the LA area, which is a measure of how much and for how long the outside temperature is above 64deg F. Can you think of the effects this increase would have for a population the size of LA? Let us know in the comments! 👇

If you've been wondering what some data looks like before the final (or even intermediate) product, you're in luck! A lo...
10/05/2020

If you've been wondering what some data looks like before the final (or even intermediate) product, you're in luck! A lot of data comes in the format shown here called "point" data. These points are the coordinates for whatever we are looking at, in this case facilities such as schools, hospitals, and emergency/law enforcement locations. This data will go through an intense QA/QC process by our staff and interns before it gets turned into the final product! #MappingMonday #GIS

OK NEMAC and Mad Lib fans, we've got another staff #featurefriday!  Greg Dobson actually brought #GIS to NEMAC and has b...
10/02/2020

OK NEMAC and Mad Lib fans, we've got another staff #featurefriday! Greg Dobson actually brought #GIS to NEMAC and has been NEMAC'S OG GIS guru for over 14 years! Here is an old photo of him during his river rat years (pre-NEMAC) when he was an avid white water kayaker, which later proved to be quite useful for his integration of GIS with hydrology and hydraulic modeling. In more recent years, Greg's work has been focused on #climatechange, community and coastal #resilience, and supporting various GIS-based web tools that NEMAC has built. Greg is very mappy and holds a BS and MA in Geography. Thankfully, he has never actually run into any piranha-infested waters!

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