This joint pilot project is an applications activity with the overarching goal to collaboratively explore the “best available climate information” to support key land management questions and how to provide this information. Our pilot will develop a deliberate, ongoing interaction to prototype how NCPP will work with CSCs to develop and deliver needed climate information products. In addition, this pilot will build capacity in the North Central CSC by working with NCPP to use climate information used as input to ecological modeling and will work with NCPP to develop translational information for climate data.
The DOI and NOAA have established a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate and cooperate on climate science activities and to leverage existing activities at both agencies. The DOI North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) and the NOAA/NCAR‐ National Climate Predictions and Projections (NCPP) Platform have established a joint pilot project as an activity supporting that MOU.
The DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs) are being established to provide fundamental scientific information, tools, and techniques that land, water, wildlife, and cultural resource managers and other interested parties can apply to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change impacts. Much of the information and tools provided by the CSCs, including physical and biological research, ecological forecasting, and multi‐scale modeling, will be in response to the landscape‐level priority needs identified by the DOI Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs), as well as the cross‐sectoral needs of other agencies and communities in the region. The LCCs in the North Central region include Eastern Tall Grass Prairie & Big Rivers, Great Northern, Great Plains, Plains & Prairie Potholes, Southern Rockies, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes
The NCPP mission is to support state‐of‐the‐art approaches to develop and deliver comprehensive regional climate information and facilitate its use in decision making and adaptation planning. NCPP is already partnering with the USGS GeoDataPortal (GDP) to leverage the current and future capabilities. NCPP’s evolving role in that partnership is to augment the GDP services by developing translational information, including guidance on use and interpretive information about the quality and appropriateness of use for various applications. The NCPP perspective is that the best way to develop this translational information is to work with users, such as those involved in the NC-CSC.