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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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!

One dataset we commonly use in our projects is a Digital Elevation Model (DEM). With a DEM, a Percent Rise model can be ...
09/28/2020

One dataset we commonly use in our projects is a Digital Elevation Model (DEM). With a DEM, a Percent Rise model can be created. Percent Rise shows how steep slopes are by calculating rise over run. The darker colors in this map show very steep slopes, while lighter colors trend toward more flat or gradual inclines. #GIS #MappingMonday #maps

#featurefriday! Dave Michelson is the secret behind many of our web tools! Here is an old photo of him heading into the ...
09/25/2020

#featurefriday! Dave Michelson is the secret behind many of our web tools! Here is an old photo of him heading into the woods to look for the jumbo wolverine and insane lamas. He is passionate about UX, breaking things, and baseball. Although much of Dave's work revolves around software design, he is quite #spatial and holds a BS in Geography.

#ICYMI Our very own Climate Resilience Intern Kelsey Hall was mentioned in a recent article in The Guardian that discuss...
09/24/2020

#ICYMI Our very own Climate Resilience Intern Kelsey Hall was mentioned in a recent article in The Guardian that discusses the #divest campaign throughout the UNC system. Last year, UNC Asheville agreed to divest around 10% of its endowment from fossil fuels. Read more about Kelsey's work here: http://bit.ly/GDivest

#uncadivest

The new Marine Species Distribution Indicator is live! We work with the U.S. Global Change Research Program and partners...
09/23/2020

The new Marine Species Distribution Indicator is live! We work with the U.S. Global Change Research Program and partners to develop graphics for indicators that translate complex scientific data that show trends in physical climate conditions, climate impacts, and vulnerabilities, as well as other ecological or societal metrics, which can be used to understand how our environment is changing, and ultimately inform decisions about climate preparedness. Head over to http://bit.ly/USGCRPfish to read about this graphic and see others!

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.

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