Climate Science Centers & National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center


The Climate Science Center has a network of eight regional centers encompassing the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, and US Affiliated Pacific Islands. The Climate Science Center for each region is hosted at a university and most are multi-institutional consortia with university and non-university partners.

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is based at the US Geological Survey headquarters in Reston, Virginia and leads projects that cross CSC boundaries to examine change and impacts in multiple regions or at a national level. 

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center was established and funded five projects examining fish, mamals, and birds. The National Center then established several regional "hubs" to carry out research thorughout the United States. The following year, the program was expanded to also synthesize and integrate climate change impact data and develop tools that the Department's managers and partners can use when managing the Department's natural resources and cultural heritage sites for the entire Department of the Interior. Strategic planning for the first five years of operation took place among 200 stakeholders from state agencies, federal agencies, tribes, academia, and NGOs. From these early actions and plans, the NCCWSC and CSCs have grown to be the leaders in climate adaptation, awareness, and addressing impacts of climate change on the nation's natural resources.

Science Approach

The national and regional climate science centers rely on collaboration and partnerships to produce studies and reports that answer important climate impact and adaptation questions. These collaborative partnerships are created among natural resource managers, cultural resource managers, tribes and indigenous communities, and university researchers. There are four main goals: helping managers protect our public land and natural resources, investing in the research capacity of public universities, collaborating with tribes and indigenous communities to prepare for climate risks, and educating and training the next generation of scientists.

Policy Issues

Landscapes: Listed here is a comprehensive list of landscape issues and studies underway at regional and national levels.

Drought, Fire and Extreme Weather: Different regions require varied approaches to extreme circumstances, and listed here are reports and on-going studies examining these different extreme weather needs.

Wildlife and Plants: Explore decision-suppport reports and forecasting studies for wildlife concerns and challenges.

Water and Ice: From temperate estuaries to Alaskan permafrost, these studies and resources evaluate water and ice challenges and cahnges.

Native Communities: See what is being said and done to examine and support our indigenous communities with regard to climate change and sustaining access to natural resources.

Education, Modeling and Tools: Find the latest resources for communicating science and visualizing climate change.


Related Tools

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center projects are listed here. The project list includes both completed and in-progress studies.

Climate Science Centers are listed here as well as a map of the regions covered by each center. Each Center lists both completed and in-progress studies.


Related Partners

The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.