Climate Science Agenda

At this time, the NE CSC has identified preliminary science focus areas in consultation with the coordinators and science coordinators for the North Atlantic, Appalachian, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers and Upper Midwest Great Lakes LCCs. These needs are considered by the LCCs to be foundations for LCC science activities and for future work by the NE CSC. Two addition science priorities are included that have been identified by other DOI agencies and partnerships as high priorities for their climate science needs. Together, these six priorities will provide foundational information to help enhance consistency in research across the NE CSC. In addition, we will coordinate with LCCs and other Climate Science Centers to fully utilize their existing efforts to conduct outreach so as to avoid over-extending our resources for outreach and to avoid repetition with LCCs and other organizations. 

  1. Critically Evaluating Existing Methods and Supporting a Standardization of Terrestrial and Wetland Habitat Classification and Mapping that Includes Characterization of Climate Sensitive Systems.
  2. Assembling Key Climate Data and Critically Evaluating Approaches for Stream Temperature and Ecological Flows to Help Identify Climate Trends and Input Data for Coupled Modeling Efforts and Monitoring.
  3. Developing and Applying Models, Maps and Monitoring to Guide Adaptation Decisions Related to Sea Level Rise and Increased Storm Intensity.
  4. Great Lakes Fisheries Trophic Structure Response to Climate Change.
  5. Identifying Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Urban Rivers, Parks and Refugees and Adaptive Strategies for Response to Climate Change in Urban Natural Resources.
  6. Effects and Interaction of Climate Change with Zoonotic, Wildlife, and Plant Disease in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States.

More detailed information on the focus areas can be found in the attached document.


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