Foundational Science Areas
Overview of the three foundational science areas
The North Central Climate Science Center is working to ReVAMP management conversations about climate change by serving as a Resource for Vulnerability Assessment, Adaptation, and Mitigation Projects. The ReVAMP concept serves as a centralizing theme for all of our work and facilitates coordinated research that is responsive to stakeholder needs. This model is built upon an understanding of the interconnected nature of the factors that drive climate change, the impacts of change, and the capacity for communities in the north central region to adapt to a number of future climate scenarios:
The research efforts of the University Consortium are organized around three foundation research themes, which are meant to form an integrated approach to inform resource managers and researcher in our region:
Climate Drivers: Understanding and quantifying drivers of regional climate change
Impact Analysis: Assessing impacts of climate change on the natural resources of the region and the resulting vulnerability of social-ecological system components
Adaptation: Characterizing adaptive capacity of communities and natural resources
These foundational science areas have been established to provide an integrated science delivery to scientific and management communities across our region. The science areas will help inform managment while input from stakeholders ensures that the NC CSC focuses on management-relevant science issues. The overall goal of ReVAMP activity is to develop a platform to enhance integration across the foundational areas and to facilitate the synthesis and integration of the resulting research into management tools to guide the response to climate change effects on natural resources in our region. For more information, refer to the 2012 implementation plan and the 2013 work plan for the foundational science areas.