Determining the Direction of NC 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.

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.