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AGU session: Ensuring coordination across climate science entities

July 22, 2016

Responding effectively to the challenges posed by climate change has become a primary goal for natural resource management in the US. At local and regional levels, stakeholders and decision-makers are grappling with integrating climate information into planning and implementation. Several regional federal programs are available to facilitate these efforts, including NOAA’s Regional Integrated Science Assessment (RISA) programs, USDA Climate Hubs, DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) led by USGS, and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) led primarily by US Fish... Read more

Some Birds and Reptiles Vulnerable to Climate Change in the Southwestern US

July 11, 2016

The Southwest’s high species richness reflects the area’s varied geography and climate. As regional climates change, so do habitats, which can affect species distribution. In a new study, funded by the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center, USGS and university researchers partnered to examine this effect and offer insights to minimize climate impacts.

In the study, the range of fifteen bird species (including pinyon jay, pygmy nuthatch, sage thrasher, and black-throated sparrow) and sixteen reptile species (including Gila monster, horned lizard, chuckwalla, and Sonoran desert... Read more

Prescribed Fires Reduce Tree Death from Drought

May 23, 2016

A new study, funded in part by the Southwest Climate Science Center, shows that prescribed fire can be an effective forest-management tool to reduce the effects of drought. With severe, ongoing drought affecting much of the southwestern U.S., federal land managers require information on how to respond.

“There is a lot of research showing that climate change is already increasing drought frequency and severity,” said Phillip van Mantgem, USGS forest ecologist and lead author of the study. “Our study indicated that when some trees were removed using prescribed fire,... Read more

Ensuring coordination among regional climate science programs

May 11, 2016

Resource managers are facing the challenges of climate change, and regional climate science programs, such as the SW CSC, are available to aid in the effort. However, these centers have varying roles and are administered by different agencies. Therefore, coordination among the centers to communicate their roles and avoid duplication is essential. Several efforts are underway to accomplish this as highlighted in an Eos article written by Carolyn Enquist, Deputy Director, and Stephen Jackson, Director, of the SW CSC.

For more information and to read the article please visit... Read more

Director Jackson receives Leadership Award

May 3, 2016

Stephen T. Jackson, Director of the Southwest Climate Science Center, has received the Excellence in Leadership Award at the 2016 USGS Honor Awards Ceremony, held May 3, 3016 in Reston, Virginia. The Excellence in Leadership Award is a USGS honor award that recognizes an employee for his or her outstanding acts, services, or achievements that exemplify and support the USGS goals of developing a leadership-centered culture throughout the Bureau. Congratulations to Stephen Jackson!