Northeast Climate Science Center


The Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) 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 culturalresources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Recognizing the critical threats and unique climate challenges and the expansive and diverse nature of the NE region, no one institution can provide the region-wide expertise on all critical levels. Thus, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), College of Menominee Nation (CMN), Columbia University (CU), Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), University of Minnesota (UMN), University of Missouri Columbia (UMO), and University of Wisconsin-Madison (UWI) have formed the Northeast Climate Consortium (NECC) to host the DOI NECSC, providing the USGS with deep and diverse resources for successfully meeting the regional needs for climate impact science assessment, education and stakeholder outreach throughout the NE region.  In addition to the host institutions, the NECSC will include several resource management partners, including Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) that exist, in part or whole, within the NE CSC bounds.

Meeting these diverse regional climate change challenges requires a consortium with several key characteristics: 

  • Broad geographic scope and extensive expertise to address the wide diversity of threats to natural and human communities. 
  • Fundamental and structural commitment to interdisciplinary science that is able to evaluate complex interactions between earth and climate systems, natural communities and ecosystems, natural and cultural resources management, and human infrastructure. 
  • Climate science programs with expertise in climate system processes, climatic variability and global change issues, including their causes and consequences. 
  • Close relationships with both DOI and non-DOI resource management agencies, and USGS and other federal science programs. 

The NECSC, with its core of seven institutions, assembles unparalleled expertise, resources and established professional collaborations in climate science and natural and cultural resources management that span the Northeast.

Adaptation Work:

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