SE CSC Overview
The Department of the Interior Southeast Climate Science Center (SE CSC) is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers. The Climate Science Centers are managed by the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The CSCs and NCCWSC work with natural and cultural resource managers to gather the scientific information and build the tools needed to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change. In particular, The SE CSC works with the six Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the Southeast (Appalachian, Caribbean, Gulf Coast Prairie, Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks, Peninsular Florida, and South Atlantic LCCs) to identify global change-related information needed by resource managers and others, including physical and biological research, ecological forecasting, and multi-scale modeling.
The SE CSC receives guidance for broad regional science priorities from a Stakeholder Advisory Council composed of both federal and non-federal government agency executives from throughout the Southeast. The US Geological Survey (USGS) Regional Executive for the Southeast chairs the SAC. Current members include the US Fish and Wildlife Region 4 Director; US National Park Service Southeast Regional Director; National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration Regional Climate Services Director, Southern Region; US Forest Service Region 8 Forester; a representative from the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; and the Chair of the Southeast CSC LCC Advisory Committee.
The SE CSC receives annual guidance on science funding priorities from a Science Advisory Panel, made up of representatives of the six LCCs, scientists from other Department of Interior bureaus, NOAA, and the US Forest Service, particularly the USDA SE Regional Climate Change Hub. This group meets periodically throughout the year to provide recommendations to the SE CSC on priority global change-related science projects and products that will be of most benefit to LCCs in accomplishing their respective mission(s). The collaborative process will also provide for shared solutions and processes in accomplishing assessments of the vulnerability of species and systems, at both the LCC level and a more regional level, which will be integral to managers using adaptive management approaches in response to changing climate and land use.