DOI Climate Science Centers Science to Support AdaptationEPSCoR Partner ?? Robin O’Malley Policy and Partnership Coordinator USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center U.S. Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey
National Climate Change & Wildlife Science Center • Mission Provide natural resource managers with the tools and information they need to develop and execute management strategiesthat address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, and their habitats • Focus on climate change adaption & impacts • Actionable science
Key CSC Characteristics • University/federal joint venture – access capabilities feds don’t have • Training of grad students – pipeline • Small federal staff • Filling regional gaps • Synthesis / assessment / aggregation • GOAL: $4-5 m/year, majority in flexible federal funds • Will build significant cyber infrastructure network • Guided by management-driven questions
IEM for Alaska Conceptual Framework Other stakeholder groups Animal Performance Models Habitat Change Models Fire Management Models Hypothetical Model Impact Models vegetation cover biomass productivity Integrated Ecosystem Model Fire Hydrology Permafrost surface hydrology Conservation & Resource Management Decisions canopy cover probability of thermokarst species composition Climate Change probability of fire vegetation cover Vegetation probability of fire surface hydrology model output x model output y Communication of Needs
How do we operate? Where is our front door? • Decision-driven actionable science • Priorities established by partners (stakeholder advisory councils) • Primarily through CSC consortium members and USGS labs (PI) • Strategic science plan • ~5 years • Small # high priority questions • Multi-partner strategy for each topical area • Annual process (directed, competed) • Data management • Standards / services based • Catalyze regional dialogue (monitoring also)
CSC – EPSCoR Partnerships?? • Significant promise • Emerging connections • Encouraging noises!!
Thank you ROBIN O’MALLEY firstname.lastname@example.org 703-648-4086 www.nccwsc.usgs.gov