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The Department of the Interior Southeast Climate Science Center synthesis report 2011–15—Projects, products, and science priorities

Open-File Report 2016-1133

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https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161133

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Introduction

In 2009, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar established a network of eight regional Climate Science Centers (CSCs) that, along with the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), would help define and implement the Department's climate adaptation response. The Southeast Climate Science Center (SE CSC) was established at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 2010, under a 5-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), to identify and address the regional challenges presented by climate change and variability in the Southeastern United States. All eight regional CSC hosts, including NCSU, were selected through a competitive process.

Since its opening, the focus of the SE CSC has been on working with partners in the identification and development of research-based information that can assist managers, including cultural and natural resource managers, in adapting to global change processes, such as climate and land use change, that operate at local to global scales and affect resources important to the DOI mission. The SE CSC was organized to accomplish three goals:

  1. Provide co-produced, researched based, actionable science that supports transparent global change adaptation decisions.
  2. Convene conversations among decision makers, scientists, and managers to identify key ecosystem adaptation decisions driven by climate and land use change, the values and objectives that will be used to make decisions, and the research-based information needed to assess adaptation options.
  3. Build the capacity of natural resource professionals, university faculty, and students to understand and frame natural resource adaptation decisions and develop and use research-based information to make adaptation decisions.

This report provides an overview of the SE CSC and the projects developed by the SE CSC since its inception. An important goal of this report is to provide a framework for understanding the evolution of the SE CSC science agenda, which has evolved over the first 5 years of the Center’s operation.

Suggested Citation

Varela Minder, Elda, Lascurain, A.R., and McMahon, Gerard, 2016, The Department of the Interior Southeast Climate Science Center synthesis report 2011–15—Projects, products, and science priorities: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1133, 59 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161133.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Development and Implementation of SE CSC Science Plan, 2012–15
  • Southeast Climate Science Center Projects by Science Theme
  • SE CSC Project Descriptions and Products
  • Conclusion
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1. SE CSC Projects and Timeline of Events
  • Appendix 2. Southeast Climate Science Center Global Change Fellows
  • Appendix 3. FY12 SE CSC Science Priorities 
  • Appendix 4. FY13/14 SE CSC Science Priorities
  • Appendix 5. FY15 SE CSC Science Priorities 
  • Appendix 6. Southeast Climate Science Center Science Planning Meeting

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
The Department of the Interior Southeast Climate Science Center synthesis report 2011–15—Projects, products, and science priorities
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2016-1133
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20161133
Year Published:
2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Southeast Climate Science Center
Description:
vi, 59 p.
Country:
United States
Online Only (Y/N):
Y