Climate Science Center nets $1 million for research

FORT COLLINS – The North Central Climate Science Center at CSU will receive more than $1 million for collaborative research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

The Department of Interior will award the money for projects on how climate change will affect natural resources and management actions needed to help offset such change.

“Even as we take new steps to cut carbon pollution, we must also prepare for the impacts of a changing climate that are already being felt across the country,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement. “These new studies, and others that are ongoing, will help provide valuable, unbiased science that land managers and others need to identify tools and strategies to foster resilience in resources across landscapes in the face of climate change.”

The three decision-based projects supported by the new funding will take place in the Yellowstone National Park area, Southwest Colorado and the Northern Great Plains.

“The funding for the projects in 2013 was very competitive,´ said Jeffrey Morisette, director of the North Central Climate Science Center, in a statement. “We had more than 50 proposals and nearly all of them represented excellent ideas to address critical climate-change issues.”

The Climate Science Center in Fort Collins is a consortium of the following nine institutions: Colorado State University; University of Colorado; Colorado School of Mines; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Montana State University; University of Wyoming; University of Montana; Kansas State University; and Iowa State University.

The CSC conducts climate change science for most of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, part of Minnesota and Iowa.

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