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Meeting Stakeholder Needs: Question 5

Host/Facilitate Regular “Connections” workshop: Can the NC CSC bring researchers together with LCC researchers and land and water managers to create linkages among and between research projects and management decision making?

This issue is primarily addressed through the Capacity Building efforts.

The NC CSC is continuously reviewing opportunities to enhance communication within and between partner groups through its capacity-building efforts. The NC CSC reserves some funds each year to promote communication and engagement with the stakeholder community in ways that extend beyond the foundational science areas and the management-focused solicited projects.

Training opportunities are a major component of the capacity building work. In this realm, the US Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) is an important collaborator, as they are developing climate science courses that the NC CSC is offering regionally. This will help reduce travel costs to these training sessions and allow for more region-specific case studies and topics to be integrated into the courses. The NC CSC staff and university consortium members are also helping as instructors for these courses. The NC CSC and NCUC provide funding so that there is no tuition fee and travel costs are minimized or eliminated for students as needed.

The NC CSC has initiated the ReVAMP Monthly Check-In on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am; where an overview of an on-going or completed project is presented with time for discussion. These presentations are recorded and available online.

The NC CSC will host an “All Science Meeting” in the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 in conjunction with the North Central University Consortium (NCUC). The goal of this meeting will be to bring stakeholders together with member of the university consortium, and NC CSC staff to share results, lessons learned, and co-develop a strategy for future work.

Finally, the Resource for Advanced Modeling (RAM), located at the USGS Fort Collins Science Center, provides facilities and the opportunity to work with NC CSC staff to pose questions and pursue analyses to link your management needs with climate and other data to help inform management decision making. For example, training is offered on the Software for Assisted Habitat Modeling (SAHM).

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