The US Department of Agriculture established regional climate hubs to deliver science-based knowledge and practical information on climate change to farmers, ranchers, and forest land managers. These Hubs will help to maintain and strengthen agricultural production, natural resource management, and rural economic development under increasing climate variability. The Hubs will work with USDA to deliver information and guidance on technologies and risk management practices at regional and local scales — which will help with everyday decisions on the farm, field, and forest. Read more about the Hubs in the Charter.
The Southeast Regional Climate Hub, or SERCH, connects with public, academic, and private sector organizations, researchers, and outreach specialists to deliver technical support and provide tools and strategies for climate change response to help producers cope with challenges associated with drought, heat stress, excessive moisture, longer growing seasons, and changes in pest pressures.
SERCH also provides periodic regional assessments of risk and vulnerability to contribute to the National Climate Assessment and delivers and interprets regional climate change forecasts for hazard and adaptation planning. SERCH assists farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners with science-based risk management to cope with biotic and abiotic risks that may be exacerbated by a changing climate. Additionally, SERCH partners with NCSU and other land-grant universities, the SECSC and other federal agencies, and the private sector to create and deliver regionally relevant climate adaptation information for the southeastern US.
The Southeast region includes one of three subsidiary hubs established within the regional network — the Southeast Regional Caribbean Climate Sub Hub (CCSH). Subsidiary Hubs have roles and responsibilities similar to the Hubs, but with a narrower focus. The CCSH is located at the USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico and is focused on tropical forestry and agriculture.