The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) was created in 2008 as part of an ongoing mission to meet the challenges of climate change and its effects on wildlife.

The earth's climate, including changes in temperature, weather patterns, and precipitation, will likely result in significant effects on our nation's fish and wildlife resources now and in the future. Relatively little scientific information exists on which to base management strategies to help fish and wildlife adapt to climate change. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is meeting this challenge through the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and partnerships with the Department of the Interior's Climate Science Centers (CSCs).

NCCWSC's Goals:
  • Forecast fish and wildlife population and habitat changes in response to climate change
  • Assess the vulnerability and risk of species and habitats to climate change
  • Link models of physical climate change (such as temperature and precipitation) with models that predict ecological, habitat, and population responses
  • Develop standardized approaches to monitoring and help link existing monitoring efforts to climate and ecological or biological response models

NCCWSC is a partnership-oriented institution. We work closely with natural resource agencies and scientists inside and outside government to gather the information and build the tools managers need to help fish and wildlife and their habitats and ecosystems adapt to climate change. Such interactions at national, regional, and landscape levels ensure that NCCWSC's science is focused on key priorities -- as defined by managers -- and is delivered to users effectively.

NCCWSC partners with Federal, tribal, state, local, university, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). For more information, contact NCCWSC Policy and Partnership Coordinator, Mr. Robin O'Malley, at romalley@usgs.gov.

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