Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced funding of more than $10 million awarded by Interior's regional Climate Science Centers to universities or other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.
The 69 studies at eight climate science centers focus on how climate change will affect natural resources. For example, various projects identify how sea-level rise will affect coastal resources, how climate will affect vegetation, how these changes will affect valued species such as sage grouse, and how changes in water availability will affect both people and ecosystems—and ecosystem services such as fisheries. Several studies address the potential effects on resources of concern to Native Americans, some by using traditional ecological knowledge to advance adaptation planning. Read more >>
In Fiscal Year 2012, DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) will provide funding opportunities for research and other activities. The document (found here) identifies these funding opportunities and describes topics, eligibility, schedules, funding levels, anticipated awards, and funding duration. Additional details are available from CSC Directors.