• FY 2013 Climate Science Center Research Projects

    In 2013 the CSCs awarded nearly $7 million to universities and other partners for research as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, move our economy toward clean energy sources and begin to prepare our communities for the impacts of climate change. 

    Each CSC worked with states, tribes, federal agencies, LCCs, universities, and other regional partners to identify the highest priority management challenges in need of scientific input, and to solicit and select research projects.

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  • Inaugural Edition of the NCCWSC and CSCs Annual Report Released!

    The NCCWSC is pleased to announce that the inaugural edition of the NCCWSC and the CSCs annual report is now available through the USGS Publications Warehouse at http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/1387/.

    2012 was full of many accomplishments for NCCWSC and the CSCs, including:
    - The Northeast, Pacific Islands, and South Central CSCs were established
    - Staff scientists have been hired at the Alaska, North Central, and Southeast CSCs, with recruitment underway at the NCCWSC and other CSCs

  • New Resource: "Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services"

    The November 2013 Issue of the Ecological Society of America’s journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is devoted to an assessment of climate change effects on ecosystems, and the consequences for people. The Special Issue tackles five major topics: Biodiversity, Ecosystem functionality, Ecosystem Services, Combined Effects of Climate and other pressures, and Preparation for change. 

    Shawn Carter, Senior Scientist at the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, and Michelle Staudinger, Science Coordinator at the Northeast Climate Science Center, were lead authors on two of the articles in the Frontiers issue. 

  • NCCWSC Integrated Search

    Find information from multiple sources and catalogs in one quick search!

    Use the integrated search feature of the NCCWSC website to find data and project information from the USGS Center for Integrated Data Analytics Geo Data Portal, the USGS ScienceBase catalog, and the University of Idaho’s Northwest Knowledge Network

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News & Announcements

New Daily Climate Projections (BCCA CMIP3 and CMIP5) Available in the Geo Data Portal!

April 10, 2014:  A new dataset is now available through the Geo Data Portal: Bias Corrected Constructed Analogs (BCCA) V2 Daily Climate Projections. This archive contains daily BCCA CMIP3 and CMIP5 projections of precipitation, daily maximum, and daily minimum temperature over the contiguous United States. The dataset...

New Research Uncovers A Few Winners, But Many More Losers

April 7, 2014: New research conducted by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University reveals that dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes. Overall...

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NCCWSC Mission

The mission of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is to provide natural resource managers with the scientific tools and information they need to develop and execute management strategies that address the impacts of climate change on fish and wildlife and their habitats. Read more..

Climate Science Centers

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs) are managed by NCCWSC and provide scientific support for climate-adaptation across a full range of natural and cultural resources. CSCs prioritize their delivery of fundamental science, data and decision support activities to meet the needs of a broad range of resource management partners. Read more...

USGS Climate and Land Use Change

The NCCWSC is part of the Climate and Land Use Change (CLU) mission area of the U.S. Geological Survey. CLU undertakes scientific research to address the effects of climate and land use change on the Nation’s resource and to assist policymakers, natural resource managers, and the public in making informed decisions about the management of natural resources on which they and others depend. Read more...

NCCWSC Webinars

NCCWSC co-sponsors a webinar series to highlight NCCWSC/CSC science projects and to inform scientists, land managers and the public about potential and predicted climate change impacts on fish and wildlife and to guide resource management decisions across the U.S. Read more...

Project Updates

A Research and Decision Support Framework to Evaluate Sea-level Rise Impacts in the Northeastern U.S.

Dr. Robert Thieler and colleagues at USGS (Nathaniel Plant and Dean Gesch) and Columbia University (Radley Horton), recently completed their study evaluating se...

Developing Multi-Model Ensemble Projections of Ecologically Relevant Climate Variables for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Caribbean

While 21st century temperatures are projected to increase in Puerto Rico and the broader U.S. Caribbean (whose geography is contained within the Caribbean Lands...

Structured Decision-Making to Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Coastal Conservation and Restoration under Climate Change Uncertainties: Case Study on Barrier Islands of the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Structured decision making (SDM) is a formal process for analyzing and making decisions by breaking the problem and solution into components that are weighed th...