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Fact Sheet 2013–3110

Delivering Climate Science About the Nation's Fish, Wildlife, and Ecosystems: The U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

By Elda Varela-Acevedo

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Changes to the Earth’s climate—temperature, precipitation, and other climate variables—pose significant challenges to our Nation’s natural resources. Managers of land, water, and living resources require an understanding of the impacts of climate change—which exacerbate ongoing stresses such as habitat alteration and invasive species—in order to design effective response strategies. 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 address environmental challenges resulting from climate and land-use change and to provide natural resource managers with rigorous scientific information and effective tools for decision making. Located at the USGS National Headquarters in Reston, Virginia, the NCCWSC has established eight regional Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and has invested over $93 million (through fiscal year 2013) in cutting-edge climate change research.

First posted February 11, 2014

For additional information, contact:
USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 400
Reston, VA 20192

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Varela-Acevedo, Elda, 2014, Delivering climate science about the Nation's fish, wildlife, and ecosystems—The U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3110, 2 p.,

ISSN 2327-6932 (online)

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