LCC-CSC Collaborations: Projects and Progress

Friday, October 24, 2014: 1:25 PM
Polaris A (Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center)
Toni Lyn Morelli , University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) and Climate Science Centers (CSCs) are non-regulatory conservation partnerships that have been established to help respond to environmental stressors that transcend state lines and are beyond the organizational ability of any one agency. LCCs are the primary stakeholders of the Department of the Interior’s CSCs. CSCs provide decision-focused research, information products, and tools to inform landscape-scale conservation plans developed by LCCs. By connecting science with on-the-ground management, LCC and CSC scientists and staff work with resource managers to develop vital tools and understanding to help natural systems withstand a range of landscape-scale stressors magnified by a changing climate.  In many ways they work together in complementary roles to achieve common goals.  Three examples of successful collaborations between the Northeast CSC and its LCCs will be highlighted: Stream Temperature Mapping in the Northeast; Coastal Wetland Habitat and Sea-Level Rise; and Reducing Gulf Hypoxia and Helping Wildlife Impacted by Extreme Climate Events.