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Two major new climate consortiums highlight the leadership role of Oregon State in regional climate change science.

NOAA Climate Decision Support.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it would establish a new regional integrated sciences and assessments (RISA) project at OSU. OSU researchers will work with colleagues from University of Oregon, Boise State University, University of Idaho, and University of Washington, as well as extension programs, to address Pacific Northwest climate assessment needs.

“This new consortium will advance the ability of agencies and businesses to envision future climate and to make sound business decisions and resource management decisions based on scientific assessments,” said Philip Mote, professor and director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute.

Mote, who leads the consortium along with OSU sociologist Denise Lach, notes that RISA projects are designed to connect scientists with decisionmakers who need specific data. “Next-generation climate services need to do a better job of engaging stakeholders on their needs relating to climate variability,” Mote pointed out. “It’s not a question of merely reciting potential impacts of climate change; it’s helping agencies and businesses develop climate-resilient strategies for longrange planning in managing landscapes,water and energy.”

DOI Climate Science Center

The DOI Climate Science Center in the Pacific Northwest brings together expertise in climate science, ecology and impacts assessment, and information technology. The consortium is led by three universities, with OSU hosting the
administrative core.

This consortium will be led by Philip Mote, director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute at OSU, and by Lisa Graumlich, dean of UW’s College of the Environment. Mote said the new DOI climate center would serve as a resource for federal agencies in providing necessary science in advising policy decisions, and also would be attentive to the needs of state agencies, non-governmental organizations and others.

“Agencies create action plans to adapt to climate change,” Mote said. “What the Climate Science Center will do is provide the science needed to help the agencies make the best decisions.”

Article courtesy of the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences 2010 Research Highlights

Photo courtesy of USGS

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