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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 Department of Interior (DOI) North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) is part of a federal network of eight regional DOI Climate Science Centers created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that resource managers can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change in their region. The CSCs are housed under the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). 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. The NC CSC is a partnership between the DOI and a regional University Consortium that includes researchers, students, and staff from: Colorado State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Colorado School of Mines, The University of Montana, Iowa State University, and Kansas State University. The specific federal lands and tribal nations considered to fall within the North Central area are posted on our map of the North Central Region

In addition to the University Consortium, the NC CSC relies on a Stakeholder Advisory Committee to provide input on science planning and implementation as well as opportunities for cross-agencies collaboration. Additional Information on the work of the NC CSC can be found below.


The North Central Climate Science Center is one of eight regional centers created by the US Department of Interior to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers across the United States. The Center brings together the latest data, tools, and knowledge on the impacts of climate change and works directly with resource managers to promote climate-informed conservation and provide university and USGS researchers the opportunity to work with an engaged and proactive applied management community. The NC CSC is a collaborative effort between USGS personnel, the North Central University Consortium, and a stakeholder advisory committee made up of federal resource managers and tribal leaders. 

Vision, mission, and goals for the Climate Science Center 
Five Year Science Agenda: A detailed roadmap of activities, 2012-2017  
Five Year Report: Summary of the NC CSC's first five years

2012 Annual Report: Detailed report of activities from the Center's first year
2013 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report (full report)
(2016 Annual Report - see Five Year Report)
2017 Annual Report

One page summary about the NC CSC.
One page summary about capacity building at the NC CSC.

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