New name, same mission: Southeast Climate Science Center – now Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
The Department of the Interior Southeast Climate Science Center (SE CSC) has recently become the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC). SE CASC is part of a federal network of eight Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) managed by the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC), formerly the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). The mission of NCASC and regional CASCs is to 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 changing climate and land use. The CASCs and NCASC focus on the delivery of science, data, and decision-support tools that are practical and relevant to resource management.
North Carolina State University acts as the host institution for the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, providing organizational support to implement the CASC mission through capacity building, project management, communications, partnership development, and connections with scientific capabilities in the region. The mission is implemented through collaborative partnerships among USGS, natural resource management organizations, and academic institutions.
NC State is the lead university for a consortium of academic institutions across the Southeast, bringing together a breadth of expertise and capacity in natural, physical, and social sciences and management of natural and cultural resources.
SE CASC Consortium Universities (and PIs):
- Auburn University (Karen McNeal)
- Duke University (Lydia Olander)
- University of Florida (Wendy Graham)
- University of South Carolina (Kirstin Dow)
- University of Tennessee (Paul Armsworth)
The Southeast CASC works with regional partners in the Southeast to identify global change-related information needed by natural and cultural resource managers, including physical and biological research, ecological forecasting, and multi-scale modeling.
The Southeast CASC receives guidance for broad regional science priorities from the Stakeholder Advisory Council (SAC), which is composed of both federal and non-federal senior-level 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 Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; and the Chair of the Southeast CASC LCC Advisory Committee.
The SE CASC receives annual guidance on science funding priorities from a science advisory panel, made up of representatives of the six Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, scientists from other Department of Interior bureaus, NOAA, and the US Forest Service, particularly the USDA SE Regional Climate Hub. This group meets periodically throughout the year to provide recommendations to the SE CASC 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 also provides 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 operating in a truly adaptive management approach in response to changing climate and land use.
General information about the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center can be found in this short Fact Sheet.
An informational fact sheet for the DOI Climate Adaptation Science Center network is available here.