The NCCWSC and CSCs work with natural and cultural resource managers to gather the scientific information and build the tools needed to help fish, wildlife and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is the managing entity for the Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs). Climate change is creating novel challenges for our nation’s resource managers, decision-makers, and communities. Together, NCCWSC and the CSCs provide resource managers and other stakeholders with information and decision-making tools to respond to the effects of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and the communities they support. Through close collaboration with managers and scientists inside and outside of government, NCCWSC and the CSCs deliver science to address stakeholder-defined priority climate needs. Learn more about our science approach or read snapshots of our work.
Our network is comprised of eight regional CSCs covering the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Each CSC is based out of a host university in their region and most are comprised of multi-institution consortia, which include university and non-university partners. Learn more about the CSCs here.
Download maps and shapefiles of the CSC regions here.
NCCWSC is based at the U.S. Geological Survey headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Projects led by NCCWSC often cross CSC boundaries to examine climate change impacts at a multi-regional or national level. Examples include a project exploring the impacts of drought on natural resources across the country and a project examining the impacts of climate change on migratory waterbirds. Learn more about NCCWSC projects here.