Research Direction

Determining the Direction of CSC Science

The science activities undertaken by a CSC are driven principally by a Climate Science Agenda. The Agenda establishes high-level climate science priorities while ensuring this science also is pertinent to and addresses management needs. The Agenda is used to determine which proposed climate science projects will be funded by a CSC. In developing this Science Agenda, the CSC seeks advice and guidance from two main groups:

  1. The Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC), composed of executives from federal and state agencies, Tribes, and LCCs within a CSC region. The SAC provides guidance in the science planning process, sets priority science needs, and approves the Science Agenda.
  2. Private entities such as Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs), landowners, other businesses / business groups, as well as local and other governmental entities with concerns about climate change in a CSC region will be afforded opportunities to provide input on the priorities for the regional CSC Science Agenda.

Once the Agenda is established, a Science Implementation Panel (SIP) will assist the CSC by reviewing research projects to address priority needs outlined in the Science Agenda. The SIP will be made up of individuals with knowledge and expertise about the science, research, and monitoring needed to help manage for climate change in a CSC region.

National Coordination and Synthesis

Each CSC is part of a nationwide science resource to consist of eight Climate Science Centers and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center.  CSCs will maintain close ties and ensure tight linkages between activities being undertaken in  neighboring CSC regions to minimize duplication and ensure that scientific results are not limited by geographic boundaries.

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, as the coordinating entity for the CSCs, will

  • review all regional science agendas regularly to identify activities that should be coordinated across multiple CSCs;
  • convene a national advisory panel, including senior scientists who can identify innovative new scientific approaches that could be integrated into work of the CSCs; and
  • undertake national level syntheses and other scientific activities to complement and integrate the regional activities undertaken by each CSC.


SWCSC Science Planning Workshop March 13-14, 2012


FY2012 SWCSC Research Themes may be found in the notes of the March 13-14 Science Planning workshop.