Northwest CASC FY 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement: Innovative Approaches to Ecological Drought

CSC: Northwest CASC
Name: FY 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement: Innovative Approaches to Ecological Drought
Submission Period: November 30, 2015 12:00 AM MST - January 20, 2016 6:00 PM MST

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Through this solicitation, the NW CSC is seeking innovative projects to help us assess which ecosystem components and ecological processes are most vulnerable to pronounced water deficiencies and to test or demonstrate new methods or technologies intended to lessen or adapt to the ecological impacts of drought.  Proposed projects should:

  • Focus on ecological drought as it relates to ongoing and projected climate change and have clear applicability to the management of natural resources;
  • Describe methods, technologies, tools, or field applications that lessen the impacts of ecological drought on specific species, habitats, or ecological processes;
  • Describe what makes the proposed approach, tool(s), or adaptation technique(s) innovative (e.g., Is the approach being applied in the Northwest for the first time? Is it being applied in a new ecological context within the region?);
  • Test, when applicable, the innovative approach or adaptation technique(s) in the field, at a pilot scale;
  • Discuss the viability of applying the approach or adaptation technique(s) at full spatial or temporal scales, including the anticipated ecosystem benefits as well as related advantages and disadvantages (environmental, economic, institutional, social, legal, political, etc.) of applying the technique.

Study areas should be located in the region serviced by the NW CSC (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and western Montana).  Collaboration with federal, state, tribal, and other resource-management organizations that may apply the project results and products is strongly encouraged. 

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