Science at the Southeast CSC



Climate and land cover change alter important physical processes, such as temperature, precipitation, streamflow, and sea-level. Changes in these processes affect terrestrial and aquatic organisms that provide important ecological services to society. The potentially large consequences of these changes highlight the need to develop effective conservation strategies to mitigate and adapt to climate and landscape change.

Among the priority science activities of the Southeast CSC are efforts that:

  • Create and use high-resolution climate models and derivative products to help forecast ecological and population responses at national, regional, and local scales
  • Integrate physical climate models with ecological, habitat, and population response models
  • Develop methods to assess vulnerability of species, habitats, and human communities
  • Develop standardized approaches to modeling, monitoring, data management and decision support
  • Implement structured processes to design and implement science projects that result in information that addresses priority management decisions and issues.

The overall research direction taken by the SE CSC will be guided by a Science Plan that establishes broad priorities linked to priority management needs. A Science Implementation Panel will work with Center staff to identify and support science activities that support these broad priorities.

The Southeast CSC currently supports a multi-year investigation, the Southeast Regional Assessment Project (SERAP), that is resulting in an integrated physical and ecological assessment of the impacts of climate and land use change. Specific information about SERAP can be obtained at http://serap.er.usgs.gov/. For a comprehensive list of science projects at the Southeast Climate Science Center, please visit the following page: 

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