Last month, 28 early career researchers gathered in Norman, Oklahoma for the South Central Climate Science Center's "Early Career Researcher Workshop
". This workshop brought together graduate students (Masters-level and Ph.D.), post-docs, and early career researchers (within five years of earning their graduate degree) from any discipline conducting climate-related research associated with the South Central U.S.
This workshop introduced participants to the goals, structure, and unique research-related challenges of the South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) and its place within the U.S. Department of the Interior and the larger national CSC network. It also provided an opportunity for participants to present their research to fellow peers and offered participants insight into how their research fits into the broader research priority goals of the region and its eventual applicability to end user needs. The week-long event also facilitated interdisciplinary interactions between participants in an effort to foster collaboration opportunities.
Workshop activities included visits to the National Weather Center and the Chickasaw Nation National Recreational Area and Cultural Center. The participants also heard from speakers on topics ranging from climate change impacts on forests and agriculture to global climate models to climate change related decision making.
The South Central Climate Science Center recognizes the importance of training the next generation of climate change scientists and decision makers and incorporates this into the SC CSC Strategic Plan. To learn more about this workshop or other opportunities for students and early career researchers, please contact SC CSC Director, Dr. Kim Winton, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants, speakers, and organizers at the 2014 SC CSC Early Career Researcher Workshop