A Path to Actionable Climate Science: Perspectives from the Field

Nicole M. DeCrappeo, Gustavo A. Bisbal, Alison M. Meadow

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Abstract

The U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSCs) work with natural and cultural resource managers and scientists to gather information and build tools needed to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change. The CSCs prioritize the delivery of actionable science products (e.g., synthesized scientific information, maps, decision support tools, etc.) that are focused on key management priorities and co-produced by teams of scientists and managers. In the specific case of the Northwest CSC, we have been successful at promoting and supporting the co-production of actionable climate science at the individual project level, but it has been more difficult to replicate this success at the regional program level. Here we identify the most significant challenges in satisfying this mandate and propose the creation of a Science Advisory Panel to provide improved interface between resource managers and scientists engaged with the Northwest CSC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalEnvironmental Management
Volume61
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

Keywords

  • Actionable climate science
  • Co-production of science
  • Manager-scientist engagement
  • Natural and cultural resource management
  • U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Ecology
  • Pollution

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