Elements of success for climate adaptation planning: A USGS perspective
The U.S. Geological Survey provide science support to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) agencies and related state and Tribal stakeholders. Climate change presents a complex and expanding area of science to bring to bear on resource management practices. DOI established regional Climate Science Centers staring in 2011 to help resource managers take advantage of the best available climate science. Pragmatically, the integration of climate science into resource manages is manifest in climate-informed adaptation planning and projects.
This talk will start with an overview of how the North Central Climate Science center is building on the findings and recommendations of both the National Research Council’s 2009 report and the Adaptation chapter of the 2014 National Climate Assessment, and supporting implementation of climate-informed practices. We will go on to describe our experience in meeting this challenge by utilizing: three foundational science themes (climate research, impacts analysis, and adaptation practices), a physical collaborative workspace, and a funding model that emphasizes the end-user’s needs.