On September 14, 2009, Interior Secretary Salazar signed Secretarial Order 3289, which called for the establishment of a set of regional DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs), based on the development of the “regional hub” concept by USGS and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). Secretarial Order 3289 also called for the creation of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, building on a model developed by the Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Department of the Interior through the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center’s (NCCWSC’s) management has established eight regional CSCs. These CSCs will
- provide scientific information, tools, and techniques to study impacts of climate change
- synthesize and integrate climate change impact data
- develop tools that the DOI managers and partners can use when managing the DOI’s land, water, fish and wildlife, and cultural heritage resources
The network of eight DOI Climate Science Centers will provide fundamental science and tools to Landscape Conservation Cooperatives and to natural and cultural resource managers. CSCs will focus on understanding landscape stressors related to climate change and facilitating adaptation strategies at a regional level.