The mission of the DOI Climate Science Centers is to provide natural and cultural resource managers with the tools and information they need to develop and execute management strategies that address the impacts of climate change on a broad range of natural and cultural resources.
The Climate Science Centers (CSCs) provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers and other interested parties can apply to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change impacts. Much of the information and tools provided by the CSCs, including physical and biological research, ecological forecasting, and multi-scale modeling, will be in response to the landscape-level priority needs identified by the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, as well as the cross-sector needs of other agencies and communities in the region.
The managing entity for the DOI CSCs is the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
(NCCWSC). The NCCWSC and CSCs are envisioned as integral parts of a climate science planning enterprise (NCCWSC-CSC enterprise). Together, the NCCWSC-CSC enterprise, Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and other management partners make up a broader climate science and conservation planning initiative.
CSCs are located at partner universities and are often comprised of multi-institution consortia, including other universities, Tribal partners, and federal research labs.