Science at the South Central CSC



full owl smallThe 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.

South Central CSC Science Priorities
  • Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, Resiliency, and Vulnerability Assessments

  • Climate Change Effects on Ecosystems

  • Hydrologic Response to Climate Change

  • Climate Change Effect on Human Populations, Socioeconomics, Urbanization, Cultural Resources, and Agricultural Issues

  • Improved Monitoring Networks for Resources Affected by Climate Change and Management Actions
  • Improved Management and Sharing of Climate Change and Geospatial Data

  • Imperiled and Rare Communities and Invasive Species

  • Coastal Response to Sea-Level Rise and Changing Geomorphology

  • Biological Response to Climate Change and Disturbance, Conservation Design and Delivery

  • Land-Use and Land-Cover Change

 

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