Federal Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for Addressing Climate Change to NCCWSC & CSCs
Working directly with resource managers to produce science and tools to address effects of climate change on the nation’s biological resources should remain the core focus of the DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) and the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC), according to the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science's Report to the Secretary of the Interior, released today, May 11, 2015.
The report recognizes the U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of the Interior for achieving significant accomplishments since the establishment of the NCCWSC and CSCs and provides several key recommendations to clarify, focus, and enhance the program's efforts.
The committee also recommends that the NCCWSC/CSC program should expand its capacity to work closely with partners, including states, tribes and other indigenous groups, and environmental organizations, both within DOI and with other federal agencies.
A “how-to guide” for “actionable science” is included as an appendix to the Committee’s report. The report also includes two other documents to which committee members contributed: one is a summary of a primer on climate change and indigenous peoples and the other provides guidelines for considering traditional knowledge in climate change initiatives.
The report also advised developing more avenues to coordination with other federal programs and with regional stakeholders. “The need for practical, actionable climate science is so large that we must coordinate closely with partners to be sure every science investment is useful and unique,” said Sarah Ryker, deputy associate director of the USGS Climate and Land Use Change program and the federal co-chair of the committee. “One of the early successes of the program is partnering with universities to provide even more expertise to answer important regional resource management questions.”
The federal Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science advises the Interior Secretary on the operations of NCCWSC and the eight CSCs. The committee has members from state and local governments, scientific and conservation organizations, American Indian tribes, academia, individual landowners, business interests and federal agencies.