A Year of Accomplishments Highlighted in our 2016 Annual Report
2016 was an exciting year for the Department of the Interior (DOI) Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). In recognition of our ongoing efforts to raise awareness and provide the scientific data and tools needed to address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and people, NCCWSC and the CSCs received an honorable mention in the first ever Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources sponsored by the National Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Climate Adaptation Strategy’s Joint Implementation Working Group. The recognition is a reflection of our contribution to numerous scientific workshops and publications, provision of training for students and early career professionals, and work with Tribes and indigenous communities to improve climate change resilience across the Nation.
In our 2016 Annual Report, we highlight some of the activities that took place throughout the NCCWSC and CSC network last year.
Read the report to learn more about how we:
Provided a better understanding of climate change impacts on Southeast ecosystems to aid in conservation planning
Improved the downscaling of regional climate models for the Hawaiian Islands
Identified the role of warmer spring temperatures in reducing Colorado River flow
Assessed Alaska's potential to store greenhouse gases
Collaborated with Tribes to identify vulnerabilities to climate change and assess management strategies
Supported students and early career researchers in the development of skills and networking
Developed tools that inform decision-making and resource management