About NCCWSC & the CSCs

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is a part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Climate and Land Use Change Mission Area (CLU) and acts as the managing entity for the eight Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs).

The NCCWSC and CSCs partner closely with natural and cultural resource managers and scientists from inside and outside of government to gather the information and build the tools needed to help fish and wildlife and their habitats and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change.  The NCCWSC and CSCs prioritize the delivery of science, research data products, and decision-support tools that are usable and focused on key priorities -- as defined by managers -- and are delivered to users effectively. 

Please check out the Fact Sheets for NCCWSC, the CSCs, and CLU and our map resources for more information.        

The NCCWSC is located at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia.  The CSCs are located in eight regions across the United States:

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The NCCWSC was created by Congress in 2008 to provide scientific information to assist managers of the Nation's fish, wildlife, and their habitats in responding to climate change.  The CSCs were originally planned as “hubs” of NCCWSC, but their mission was expanded by former Secretary of the Interior Salazar in Secretarial Order No. 3289.  They are now officially housed in the Department of the Interior and are managed by NCCWSC in the U.S. Geological Survey. The following foundational documents provide more information about the original establishment of NCCWSC and the CSCs:

NCCWSC Establishment Workshops
NCCWSC 2009 National Workshop Summary, July 2009
Central Regional Workshop, June 2009
Western Regional Workshop, June 2009
Eastern Regional Workshop, May 2009
NCCWSC 2008 National Workshop Summary, December 2008

Original Planning and Strategy
2011 Progress Report – Prepared for the National Partners Dialogue, November 2011
National Partners Dialogue Report, November 2011
Secretarial Order No. 3289, February 2010
NCCWSC Five Year Planning Strategy, July 2009
Final Report on NCCWSC Outreach and Recommendations: Ecological Society of America (ESA), The Wildlife Society, December 2009

Background Presentations
CSC Background, March 2011
National Partners Dialogue, November 2011