What is the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center?
Congress created the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) within the USGS to address challenges resulting from climate change and to empower Natural Resource Managers with rigorous scientific information and effective tools for decision-making. Located at the USGS National Headquarters in Reston, Virginia, the NCCWSC has invested over $20M in cutting-edge climate change research and is now leading the effort to establish eight regional Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs).
Mission: To provide natural resource managers with the tools and information they need to develop and execute management strategies that address the impacts of climate and other ongoing global changes on fish and wildlife and their habitats. NCCWSC is building cooperative partnerships with resource managers and scientists at Federal and at national, regional and local scales.
- Predict fish and wildlife population changes in response to climate change
- Assess the vulnerability of species and habitats to climate change
- Link climate model output with modes that predict ecological, habitat, and population responses to climate change
- Standardize approaches to monitoring and link existing monitoring efforts to models of climate and ecological and biological response
- Develop data management policies and practices to ensure that data generated at NCCWSC and the DOI CSCs are shared and interoperable with other datasets