Science at the South Central CSC
The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) seeks to identify research that achieves the following objectives:
- use long-term and new observational records as well as understanding of biological and physical processes to describe the consequences of global change on natural resources;
- provide scientifically valid information and tools that can be used to adapt natural resources management strategies to changing environmental conditions; and,
- apply these tools to produce regional assessments that are widely used by policy makers, natural resource managers, and the public to address climate change related impacts.
The South Central CSC's research program is guided by a Strategic Science Plan for 2013-2018. This plan identifies the 10 most frequently recognized science priorities or issues for SC CSC partners in the region's conservation community (list provided below). While the SC CSC research agenda is not limited to only these items, the list of priorities provides a framework for the center's annual planning process. In developing the Strategic Science Plan, the CSC received advice and guidance from its Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC). A Science Implementation Panel (SIP) assists with independent scientific review of projects comprising the South Central CSC research program.