Regional Science Networks for Climate-Smart Decision Making
USDA’s Regional Climate Hubs, launched in 2014, package and convey scientific information to help farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners manage the region-specific impacts of
climate variabilityand change.
NOAA’s regional climate partnerships provide science- based products and support partnership-building efforts for government entities at all scales seeking to manage climate risks. These efforts include, among others, the research- oriented Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program and the NCDC Regional Climate Centers that focus on operational products and services.
DOI’s Climate Science Centers (CSCs), managed through USGS, supply resource managers in the public and private sectors with tools to monitor, anticipate, and
adaptto climate impacts on natural and cultural assets. In addition, the FWS-managed Landscape Conservation Cooperatives are a network of 22 public–private, applied conservation science partnerships that deliver information and develop strategies to ensure the sustainability of natural and cultural resources. These two DOI networks are major components of a broader climate science and conservation initiative.
These and other Federally coordinated regional networks (for example, EPA’s regional offices, USDA-FS’s research stations) rely on strong partnerships between scientists and information users. Growing Federal support and interagency coordination for regional activities will help to better connect decision makers nationwide with the comprehensive, reliable information they need to capitalize on opportunities and manage risks associated with climate change.