The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) combines academic expertise with federal resources to advance climate science development and delivery for managers and policy makers in the Northwest region.
In 2010 the NW CSC was established by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to help safeguard the region's natural and cultural resources by providing managers and policy-makers across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Western Montana with timely, relevant, accessible climate science. The NW CSC is one of eight regional DOI Climate Science Centers across the country coordinated through the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The NW CSC is a consortium of three major universities: Oregon State University, the University of Washington and the University of Idaho with federal oversight from USGS. In January of 2012 the NW CSC adopted a Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 as a practical blueprint to support the DOI's proactive strategy to address current and future impacts of climate change. Download the NW CSC's brochure here.
The NW CSC's vision is:
To become nationally recognized as a best-practice model for the provision of climate science and decision support tools to address conservation and management issues in the Pacific Northwest Region.
The vision includes two overarching goals supported by a set of interrelated objectives that describe the core services provided by the NW CSC to the NW community. These goals are to:
- Establish a significant and effective leadership presence to strengthen the region's ability to plan and implement a coordinated climate science portfolio.
- Develop resources and programs to enhance climate science literacy, and give regional audiences the necessary tools and information to promote climate change awareness.
The NW CSC meets its goals through five primary services:
EXECUTIVE SERVICES – The NW CSC provides guidance and support for climate-related activities through coordination and engagement with relevant stakeholders. The NW CSC's Executive Stakeholder Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from local, state and federal agencies, Landscape Cooperatives and tribes who convene regularly to discuss developments and prioritize science needs.
SCIENCE SERVICES – The NW CSC works to identify and address the current and future climate science needs of managers and decision-makers in the Northwest. A Science Agenda was adopted in January 2012 to identify annual and long-term research priorities.
DATA SERVICES – The NW CSC collects and secures climate data while providing timely access, analytical functions, and interpretive services. The NW CSC works with partners to organize, store and make accessible the rapidly increasing volumes of data relevant to NW climate scientists and natural and cultural resource managers.
COMMUNICATION SERVICES – The NW CSC promotes the exchange of information among regional stakeholders and works to raise awareness of climate issues in the Northwest. Its Communication Strategy, adopted in March 2013, describes the intended audiences and best approaches to reach them effectively.
EDUCATION and TRAINING SERVICES – The NW CSC supports broad participation in climate science and the education of diverse young scientists through graduate fellowships and training including during an annual weeklong professional development retreat know as Climate Bootcamp.