Science at the Alaska CSC
Priority science activities of CSCs include:
- Use and creation of high-resolution climate models and derivative products to help forecast ecological and population responses at national, regional, and local scales
- Integration of physical climate models with ecological, habitat, and population response models
- Development of methods to assess vulnerability of species, habitats, and human communities
- Development of standardized approaches to modeling, monitoring, data management and decision support
The research direction taken by the Alaska CSC is guided by the Center's science agenda or Strategic Plan. This document establishes a set of core priorities or mission areas for the Alaska CSC and helps ensure that the Center's scientific program addresses key management needs. The Alaska CSC's Strategic Plan was completed in October 2011.
The development of this Strategic Plan was guided by the Alaska Climate Change Executive Roundtable (ACCER), a group comprised of senior-level executives from federal and non-federal agencies that addresses natural and cultural resource issues. With the help of its Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4), ACCER also directs the annual implementation of this agenda. The C4, Alaska Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, USGS Alaska Science Center, and various Federal agencies assist with independent scientific review of the Alaska CSC's program activities.