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New Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation Website

January 12, 2017

Decision-makers and managers are increasingly being asked to make decisions in the context of uncertainty, with climate change adding new sources of complexity. Scenario planning is being used as means of providing managers with insights into options for responding appropriately to change in the near and long term. The increasing use of scenario planning prompts some questions, such as:

  • What is the state-of-the-art in scenario development?
  • How can uncertainty within scenarios be communicated effectively to stakeholders and what types of scenarios are appropriate... Read more

Funding Opportunity for FY 2017 Research

December 2, 2016

The Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) is seeking Statements of Interest for research project funding in Fiscal Year 2017.

Statements of Interests are invited for projects that support regional science priorities. SW CSC funded projects cover a variety of topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and the communities they support.

Deadline for Submission of Statements of Interest: January 18, 2017
Applicants Notified... Read more

The First Ever National CSC Student and Early Career Training

November 28, 2016

The National Climate Science Centers Student and Early Career Training was held on November 2-3, 2016 on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. There were 70 participants, from undergraduate to post-doc level, early career professionals, and others from across the CSC network. Joined by up to 30 facilitators, educators, and guest speakers, participants learned about and shared reseach on the co-production of science, communicating climate science to diverse audiences, career development, tribal engagement, fostering diversity, and dealing with uncertainty, among other topics. ... Read more

Forest Fires in Sierra Nevada Driven by Past Land Use

November 23, 2016

Changes in human uses of the land have had a large impact on fire activity in California’s Sierra Nevada since 1600, according to new research

Forest fire activity in California's Sierra Nevada since 1600 has been influenced more by how humans used the land than by climate, according to new research led by University of Arizona and Penn State scientists.

For the years 1600 to 2015, the team found four periods, each lasting at least 55 years, where the frequency and extent of forest fires clearly differed from the time period before or after.

However, the shifts... Read more

Precision in Policymaking May Undermine Conservation and Restoration Goals

October 7, 2016

Overly specific requirements in conservation policies may be unintentionally wasting management resources and doing more harm than good for the species and landscapes they seek to protect, according to a new opinion paper published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

The paper, authored by a group of researchers including Stephen Jackson, Director of the Department of the Interior Southwest Climate Science Center, urges a move away from narrowly prescriptive conservation... Read more