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Circular 1387

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Annual Report for 2012

By Elda Varela-Acevedo and Robin O'Malley

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs) annual report.

In 2008, Congress created the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) within the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The center was formed to respond to the demands of natural resource managers for rigorous scientific information and effective tools for assessing and responding to climate change. Located at the USGS National Headquarters in Reston, Va., the NCCWSC has invested more than $70 million in cutting-edge climate change research and, in response to Secretarial Order No. 3289,established and is managing eight regional Department of Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs).

The mission of the NCCWSC is to provide natural resource managers with the tools and information they need to develop and execute management strategies that address the impacts of climate and other ongoing global changes on fish and wildlife and their habitats. The DOI CSCs are joint Federal-university partnerships that focus their scientific work on regional priorities identified by DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) as well as Federal, State, Tribal, and other resource managers. The CSCs provide access to a wide range of scientific capabilities through their network of university partners along with the USGS and other Federal agency scientists. The focus of the NCCWSC on multiregion and national priorities complements the regionally focused agendas of the CSCs.

First posted August 12, 2013

Revised November 14, 2013

For additional information contact:
Director, USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 400
Reston, VA 20192
Telephone: (703) 648-6016

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Suggested citation:

Varela-Acevedo, Elda, and O’Malley, Robin, 2013, The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center annual report for 2012 (ver. 1.1, November 14, 2013): U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1387, 29 p., (Supersedes ver. 1.0 released August 12, 2013.)


A Word From the Director

NCCWSC Headquarters Staff

The History of the NCCWSC and CSCs in Brief

What Are the CSCs and What Do They Do?

Science Agenda—Summary and Highlights

User-Driven Science—Stakeholders, NCCWSC, and CSCs

Education and Training—The Next Generation

Alaska Climate Science Center

North Central Climate Science Center

Northeast Climate Science Center

Northwest Climate Science Center

Pacific Islands Climate Science Center

South Central Climate Science Center

Southeast Climate Science Center

Southwest Climate Science Center


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