SC CSC logoThe Department of the Interior (DOI) South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

The SC CSC consortium and partners provide expertise in climate science, ecology, impacts assessment, modeling, urban environments, and advanced information technology. University of Oklahoma logoThis expertise is needed to deal with climate issues in the South Central Region, which has recently experienced substantial drought as well as increased wildfire severity. Changes in temperature and precipitation are predicted to have significant effects on streams, forests, and agricultural lands, in addition to the fish, wildlife, and human communities supported by these environments. The current focus of the SC CSC consortium is on recruiting and training graduate students, conducting climate change and impacts research and developing climate science and climate change educational programs.

The SC CSC is hosted by the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, and is comprised of seven member institutions: the University of Oklahoma, Texas Tech University, Louisiana State University, the Chickasaw Nation, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab. In addition to the host and consortium institutions, the SC CSC also collaborates with USGS Centers, DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and other important partner institutions.
physiographic map of SC CSC (from strategic plan)
Physiographic Divisions within the Boundary of the South Central Climate Science Center
(Image from the SC CSC Strategic Science Plan 2013-2018)


To learn more about the SC CSC, please visit the university consortium website or the documents below:

The SC CSC was created by Secretarial Order 3289 and was established at the University of Oklahoma in 2012. The SC CSC is one of eight Climate Science Centers managed by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The NCCWSC and USGS support the South Central Climate Science Center in producing partner-driven science and management tools.