After the announcement in October of 2011 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar that UMass Amherst has been chosen to lead a consortium of seven universities and host the $7.5-million Northeast Climate Science Center, there was national coverage by Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, Mass High Tech, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Associated Press, and the Springfield Republican. Heading the new center at UMass Amherst is Richard Palmer, head of civil and environmental engineering. The grant will support federal, state, and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water, and other resources in the region.
The leadership team at UMass Amherst also includes Raymond Bradley, Distinguished University Professor and director of the Climate System Research Center; Curt Griffin, professor of wildlife ecology and conservation and co-director of the Environmental Sciences Program, and Keith Nislow, wildlife and fish team leader of the U.S.D.A. Forest Service Northern Research Station.
UMass Amherst and partner institutions in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New York, and Massachusetts will together receive $1.5 million core funding each year for five years, with more project-specific funds available. The Northeast CSC is one of eight established by the Interior Department since Salazar founded the program in 2009. The region includes New England and states west to Minnesota and south to Maryland.