The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) is helping to host a local event at the University of Oklahoma for the Climate Game Jam occuring on October 2-4, 2015. At the event, teams gather to rapidly prototype game designs (online, pervasive, tabletop, or other formats) and to inject new ideas to help grow the game industry and make educational climate information accessible to a range of audiences.
Victor H. Rivera-Monroy, a scientist at the Louisiana State University and a research partner within the South Central Climate Science Center's regional community, is undertaking a new project (funded by the National Science Foundation) on "Poverty Traps and Mangrove Ecosystem Services in Coastal Tanzania".
The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) participated in the 2015 Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Labor Day Festival this year in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma. The event included a focus on climate change with hands on demonstrations on ocean acidification and greenhouse gas emissions.
The South Central Climate Science Center's (SC CSC) International Studies Scholarship was created to assist University of Oklahoma (OU) students pursuing a summer study abroad program. The scholarship amount awarded is $5,000.
A Tribal Consultation meeting was recently held by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the Oklahoma Tribal Conservation Advisory Council. The meeting was hosted by the Chickasaw Nation, and the location was the beautiful, new/historic Artesian Hotel. At least 17 tribes were represented including many tribal leaders.
In drought-prone Texas, knowledge about precipitation and temperature is especially important.
A new study, supported by the South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC), uses data and modeling to better understand Holocene climate variability in Texas. The paper describes a new speleothem reconstruction from a central Texas cave that provides information on past moisture availability.
This event is being organized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Carnegie Institution for Science, with support from the American Meteorological Society and the Linden Trust for Conservation. The event will be held October 29, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
The South Central Climate Science Center is holding a Climate Science Grant Writing Workshop for members of tribal and indigenous communities focused on developing a funding strategy for tribal vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation plans.
The South Central Climate Science Center recently collaborated with the New Improv! Century Ensemble (N!CE) to sonify 400,000 years of atmospheric carbon dioxide and global average temperature data from ice cores and proxy data.
The DOI South Central Climate Science Center worked closely with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and other partners to set up a “Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment” course for Tribes in the south central region.
In 2014, the SC CSC and the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program held climate training workshops for tribal environmental professionals. Materials from the workshops are now available online!
Weather, Water & Energy is the theme of the Society of Environmental Journalist's 25 annual conference hosted by the University of Oklahoma, Norman.
Research looks at the potential effects of climate change for 20 terrestrial vertebrate species found in New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma.