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New (12/20/17): Strategic planning update and funding discussion (YouTube)

The NC CSC is kicking off its Strategic Science Plan process.

Watch the August 17, 2017 webinar that kicked off the process (transcript): 

Strategic Planning Webinar

About the NC CSC Strategic Planning Process

The North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) is one of eight regional centers created by the US Department of Interior under the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers. The North Central region includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. The NC CSC was designed to provide resource managers with the latest data, tools, and knowledge on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change to support adaptation and management decisions.

The NC CSC was stood up in 2011 and developed an initial science agenda for the years 2012-2017. This agenda, as well as annual and five-year progress reports and a report from an external evaluation team commissioned by NCCWSC, all detail the history and process of the NC CSC. We are now beginning a multi-stage science strategic planning process to cover the period of 2018 and beyond. As this process unfolds, we will post progress and additional information on this page.

Steps within this process will include:

  • Soliciting input via a survey on strategic land and resource management issues and problems federal, state, and tribal managers currently face in the north-central US
  • Conducting follow up interviews and listening sessions to identify specific priority issues requiring scientific research or synthesis to enable climate-informed planning
  • Evaluating previously funded projects to examine whether science outputs have proven useful and usable to stakeholders

This process will be open for public comment and input. Your guidance will help us tailor our future activities and help us provide the highest quality of service to you as possible. To contribute, contact the NC CSC’s Deputy Director, Aparna Bamzai.

Photo on home page: Swiftcurrent Pass, Montana, photo by Sathish J. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


See below for the 2012-2017 Five Year Science Plan as well as other early publications that detail the NC CSC's history, strategic goals, and major endeavors: 

In January 2017, the NC CSC underwent a five-year review from an external review committee - the preliminary report from the review team is now available and may be updated. 

About the Strategic Planning Process:

Setting a Strategic Agenda for the NC CSC (2018)

From the first five years:

NC CSC Five Year Science Agenda for 2012-2017  
NC CSC Five Year Report (Published 2017)

About our science:

2015 NC CSC Open Science Conference Report

About the NC CSC: 

2015 NC CSC Annual Report
2014 NC CSC Annual Report
2013 NC CSC Annual Report
2012 NC CSC Annual Report