Agricultural Research Service – Raleigh, NC
ARS has worked with North Carolina State University Air Pollution, Photosynthesis, Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology, and Plant Breeding programs for 35 years. Research activities have examined the effects of climate, including changing temperature, vapor pressure, atmospheric carbon dioxide and ozone, on the performance of widely grown crops like wheat and soybeans.
Forest Service – Raleigh, NC
The Forest Service has managed a climate change focused research laboratory since 1990 and produced hundreds of peer reviewed publications and inputs into many regional and national climate change assessments, along with several high-impact tools and Best Management Practice demonstrations to improve adaptive management on working lands, within and beyond the southeastern US.
International Institute of Tropical Forestry – San Juan, Puerto Rico
IITF monitors the impacts of climate on forests and ecosystems in the Tropics and leads the Caribbean Landscape Conservation Cooperative, representing a network of individuals and organizations across the Caribbean focused on sustaining natural and cultural resources such as agriculture, working lands, and rural culture in the face of climate change. IITF will host the Caribbean Climate Sub Hub (CCSH), which will focus on tropical forestry and agriculture. Learn more about the CCSH here.
Natural Resources Conservation Service – Greensboro, NC
NRCS is the principal federal agency providing technical and financial conservation assistance on private lands. Much of this assistance has the potential to mitigate climate change and build greater resiliency to variability in climate and weather. NRCS is a technology conduit between research and application through working relationships with ARS, universities, and NRCS field office staff located in nearly every county in the southeastern US.
Other partners will join SERCH in understanding climate change impacts to natural and managed lands across the southeastern region, including:
- North Carolina Department of Agriculture Forest Service will engage a wide range of forest landowners and stakeholders within the state and across the region.
- PINEMAP is a five year, $20 million NIFA funded project that aims to connect research, extension, and education professionals with the private landowners representing 20 million acres of planted pine forests in the southeastern US.
- RTI International recently worked with the EPA and NCSU on the CLEANEAST Project to identify and reach out to over 400 livestock and poultry operators in the most nutrient sensitive watersheds in the eastern US and is currently working with the EPA to evaluate the interactive impacts of climate change and nitrogen deposition on terrestrial ecosystems through the National Atmospheric Deposition Program.
- State Climate Office of North Carolina is a public service organization that stores and provides a wealth of historic climate data, access to the latest general circulation model-based long-term climate forecasts for researchers, and brings demonstrated expertise in translating climate data and science into practice.
- Southeast Climate Consortium uses advances in climate sciences, including improved capabilities to forecast seasonal climate and long-term climate change, to provide scientifically sound information and decision support tools for agricultural ecosystems, forests, and other terrestrial ecosystems, as well as coastal ecosystems of the Southeast.
- Southeast Watershed Forum will bring applied science to the region’s land managers with a focus on green infrastructure planning and protection.
- State forestry agencies are represented through the Southern Group of State Foresters, a non-profit organization consisting of State Foresters from agencies in the southern US, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
- Land-Grant institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, as well the Southern Regional Extension Forestry, a cooperative program between the thirteen Southern 1862 Land-Grant institutions and the Forest Service to promote regional programming, representation, promotion, and communication within the forestry and natural resource communities. The Climate, Forests, and Woodlands Community of Practice is Cooperative Extension’s climate change resource.
- The Nature Conservancy, through its Climate Wizard tool and partnerships with Department of Energy and Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP3) to distribute downscaled climate projections, will enable access to national-scale climate forecasts and technology transfer tools.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) works with stakeholders to develop effective methods for delivering climate science and education that addresses drought monitoring, coastal climatology, and other adaptation and assessment activities. RISA Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP) will assist with outreach on weather and climate-related disasters with a communication model centered on active engagement between researchers and communities across the region.
- USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC), a long-standing link between Forest Service and NRCS, will provide resources for helping farmers, ranchers, and foresters understand agroforestry’s role in healthy agricultural operations and working lands facing the uncertain and complex impacts of climate change.
- United South and Eastern Tribes will coordinate outreach and education opportunities to Tribes across the region and deliver technical assistance to Tribal resource managers.