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Regional Climate Response Collaboratives: Multi-Institutional Support for Climate Resilience

Title: Regional Climate Response Collaboratives: Multi-Institutional Support for Climate Resilience

Authors: Kristen Averyt, Justin D. Derner, Lisa Dilling, Rafael Guerrero, Linda Joyce, Shannon McNeeley, Elizabeth McNie, Jeffrey Morisette, Dennis Ojima, Robin O’Malley, Dannele Peck, Andrea J. Ray, Matt Reeves, and William Travis

Abstract: Federal investments by U.S. agencies to enhance climate resilience at regional scales grew over the past decade (2010s). To maximize efficiency and effectiveness in serving multiple sectors and scales, it has become critical to leverage existing agency-specific research, infrastructure, and capacity while avoiding redundancy. We discuss lessons learned from a multi-institutional “regional climate response collaborative” that comprises three different federally supported climate service entities in the Rocky Mountain west and northern plains region. These lessons include leveraging different strengths of each partner, creating deliberate mechanisms to increase cross-entity communication and joint ownership of projects, and placing a common priority on stakeholder-relevant research and outcomes. We share the conditions that fostered successful collaboration, which can be transferred elsewhere, and suggest mechanisms for overcoming potential barriers. Synergies are essential for producing actionable research that informs climate-related decisions for stakeholders and ultimately enhances climate resilience at regional scales.

Acknowledgements: The authors appreciate support from the DOI climate science centers, the USDA climate hubs, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, the NOAA/ESRL Physical Sciences Division, and a grant from the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program to the Western Water Assessment (NA10OAR4310214). Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. government.

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