North Central Climate Science Center
The North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) is part of a federal network of eight Climate Science Centers created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.
The Climate in the North Central domain is driven by large-scale patterns in atmospheric circulation, the region’s complex topography, and effects due to the nature of the local land cover.This creates patterns of mean climate, climate variability, and climate change that are characterized by dramatic gradients in seasonal and annual temperature, effective moisture, and wind.
The mission of the NC CSC is to provide the best available climate science and tools to inform natural resource management within the North Central Domain. The NC CSC will provide the tools and information needed by managers to understand potential impacts and adaptation strategies for a broad range of natural, cultural, energy, and other resource management activities. This will be done in conjunction with the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and coordinated with the activities of the other regional climate science centers. The three main constituent groups for the center include the North Central University Consortium (NCUC), USGS centers in the region, and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC).
These four goals will be met through cross-sector collaboration and regular iterative engagement with resource managers, decision makers, and the public:
- Compile existing climate data and projections for use in regional climate models that can inform short-term management objectives;
- Gain greater understanding of climate drivers and impacts on key regional sectors: natural, cultural, & energy resources and ecosystems goods and services;
- Evaluate vulnerabilities through physical, ecological, and social perspectives and consider adaptive capabilities with a focus on human livelihood, health, and safety; and
- Develop user-driven decision support tools that aid in developing effective climate change response strategies and resilient management practices.