Determining the Direction of CSC Science

The science activities undertaken by a CSC are driven principally by the Center's Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan establishes high-level climate science priorities while ensuring this science also is pertinent to and addresses management needs. The Strategic Plan is used to determine which proposed climate science projects and other activities will be funded by the Alaska CSC. In developing this Strategic Plan, the Alaska CSC sought advice from two main groups:

  1. The Alaska Climate Change Executive Roundtable (ACCER), composed of senior executives from federal and state agencies in the region. ACCER provides guidance in the science planning process and sets priority science needs.
  2. The five Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) operating in the Alaska region. The LCCs provide essential input on science needs and a venue for exploring cooperative and complimentary efforts.

The Climate Change Coordinating Committee (C4), a sub-group under ACCER, assists the Alaska CSC in implementing its Strategic Plan. Regional Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) coordinators, the USGS Alaska Science Center, and an Academic Leadership Team drawn from all three of the University of Alaska campuses also assist the Center in its work to address Alaska's resource management priorities. Likewise, all of these groups work with the Alaska CSC to help maximize the use of existing resources and to minimize any duplication of effort.

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.