Strategic priorities are defined by a Southeast Climate Science Center Science Plan that was developed by a regional interagency working group and published in 2012. It is expected that this plan will be updated every five years. Each year the SE CSC receives congressionally appropriated funds from the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center to conduct or support strategically important scientific activities that also address tactical priorities. Final funding decisions are made by the SE CSC federal director, in consultation with a standing SE CSC science planning team.
Annual science priorities that guide each year’s SE CSC science funding decisions are identified and discussed by the SE CSC director with the SE CSC science planning team over what typically is a six month period. The planning team includes members from the six Southeastern Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), along with members that represent the interests and priorities of key federal and state partners working on climate change adaptation in the SE, including the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, NOAA, and the U.S. Forest Service. In general, all projects funded by the SE CSC address decision-focused interests of LCC stakeholders and develop methods, data, or interpretive information usable at landscape and regional scales.
Participants in the science planning team are not eligible to participate in the team’s funding deliberations; if any member applies for funding they must remove themselves from the team’s deliberations.
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