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Eastern Region

NOAA/NCEI's Regional Climate Services provide the data, tools, and information that help private and public sector constituents in the East reduce their risk and improve their resiliency to the impacts of climate variability and change. The Eastern Region of the United States (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia) has four of the Nation’s 10 largest metropolitan areas, three of the top five U.S. ports based on the value of fish landed, and five of the Nation's top 20 ports based on international cargo volume, making it one of the most climate-vulnerable in terms of economy and population. Heavily populated coastal areas, aging infrastructure, and the nation's oldest marine fishery are a few major examples of the challenges that communities are responding to across the region.

Recent Activities

  • Eastern Region Climate Services Monthly Webinar
    The Eastern Region webinar series started in February 2015 to bring our customers and partners together on key topics of interest to the region. Examples of past webinars include the Snowy Winter of 2015, spring flooding, El Nino, the droughts of 2016, and climate impacts on specific sectors including agriculture, transportation, marine ecosystems, and human health.
  • Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlooks
    NOAA’s Quarterly Climate Impacts and Outlooks draw on sources across NOAA to provide concise and accessible climate information for various regions of the United States, including the Eastern Region. These syntheses discuss the major climate events during the past three months and contain historical seasonal assessments as well as climate predictions and projections.
  • New England Drought Forum
    The October 11 Northeast Drought and Climate Outlook Forum offered stakeholders information on current drought conditions across the Northeast region; drought outlooks; and response, planning, and preparedness resources at the federal state, and local level. The event was co-hosted by NOAA's Eastern Region Climate Services, NIDIS, and Congressman Seth Moulton.
  • Gulf of Maine Council's Climate Network
    The Gulf of Maine Council’s Climate Network, a partnership with the New England states and the Atlantic provinces of Canada, met September 10–11, 2013, in Orono, Maine, to learn from actions taken at jurisdictional scales on climate adaptation across the land-use, coastal, infrastructure, and marine fisheries sectors.

Decision Support Tools

NEclimateUS.org (NExUS)

NEclimateUS.org (NExUS)
  • NEclimateUS
    The NEclimateUS.org website is a gateway to a broad range of information related to climate in the Eastern Region. NEclimateUS includes summaries of needs for climate information, projects, and partners as well as products and services.
  • Communities of Practice
    The Communities of Practice provide forums for discussion and review of the needs for climate information as they pertain to a specific sector. These communities have formed around the transportation, coastal, and marine fisheries sectors with members from federal, state, local, academic, and nonprofit partners. The groups discuss climate science, lessons learned, adaptation efforts, and climate-related impacts.

Datasets

  • Downscaled Climate Projections Suitable for Resource Management
    This dataset from NASA showcases a new archive of downscaled global climate models at 800-m resolution prepared in part for the International Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report.
  • Northeast Regional Climate Center
    The Northeast Regional Climate Center is located in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. It serves the 12-state region that includes Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and West Virginia.
  • Southeast Regional Climate Center
    The Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC) is located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The SERCC serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The mission of the SERCC is to provide timely, high-quality, and pertinent climate data and information to public and private users in the region.

Reports and Resources

Training and Professional Development

  • NOAA's Office of Coastal Management
    NOAA's Office of Coastal Management offers courses to coastal and other natural resources managers. The classes include sea level rise viewer, recently released for the mid-Atlantic and the North Atlantic, courses on conducting vulnerability assessments and others.

Special Topics

Eastern Region RCSD – Ellen Mecray

Ellen Mecray is the NOAA Regional Climate Services Director for the Eastern Region, based in Taunton, Massachusetts. She is also the U.S. colead for the Gulf of Maine Council’s Climate Network, the colead for the New England Federal Partners Climate committee, and the lead for the Federal Climate Partners for the Mid-Atlantic. Before working in her current capacity, Ellen led strategic planning for the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research where she worked on several initiatives, including ocean acidification, Integrated Ecosystem Assessments, and NOAA’s Strategic Plan. For over 15 years, Ellen’s teaching, research, and leadership have focused on efficient, cross-sectorial collaboration among inter-and intra-agency partners. Prior to joining NOAA, Ellen was an oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Coastal and Marine Geology program. Her research interests include geochemistry of estuarine and coastal contaminants as well as paleoclimatology reconstructions. A number of coast research journals, including the Journal of Coastal Research, Environmental Geology, and Water, Air and Soil Pollution, have published her work. Mecray is also an accomplished educator, teaching courses in oceanography, chemistry, and environmental science at the secondary level prior to joining the federal service. Ellen holds a BS in geology from Colgate University and an MS in geological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, Geochemical Society, and Sigma Xi Honor Society.

Ellen L. Mecray
NOAA Regional Climate Services Director, Eastern Region
445 Myles Standish Boulevard
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: 1-508-824-5116 Ext. 263
Email: ellen.l.mecray@noaa.gov