Central Region

Climate – Central Region

There are many valuable resources listed here to gather information on climate and our climate partners in the Central Region. Keep checking back for updates and information on NOAA’s developing Climate Services!

NOAA’s Climate Portal
A single point-of-entry for NOAA’s extensive collection of climate data and information – www.climate.gov
Regional Climate Centers

NOAA’s Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) are a federal-state cooperative effort, managed by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. The six centers that comprise the RCC Program are engaged in the timely production and delivery of useful climate data, information, and knowledge for decision makers and other users at the local, state, regional and national levels. The RCCs support NOAA’s effort to provide operational climate services while leveraging improvements in technology and collaborations with partners to expand quality data dissemination capabilities. For more on RCCs>

NOAA’s Central Regional Collaboration Team works closely with the two RCCs in the region,

Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA)
The Regional Integrated Science and Assessments (RISA) program supports research that addresses complex climate sensitive issues of concern to decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. The RISA research team members are primarily based at universities though some of the team members are based at government research facilities, non-profit organizations or private sector entities. Traditionally the research has focused on the fisheries, water, wildfire, and agriculture sectors. The program also supports research into climate sensitive public health issues. Recently, coastal restoration has also become an important research focus for some of the teams. For more on RISAs
Missouri River Basin Climate Collaboration
On March 19-20, 2013 partners throughout the Missouri Basin met to discuss a National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Pilot for the Missouri Basin.  For a full list of meeting participants and the notes from the discussion can be found here: A presentation from the USDA National Resources Conservation Services on soil health initiatives, presented by Verlon Barnes, can be found here:
Soil Health and NRCS National Soil Health Initiative

On March 8, 2011 a group of federal, state, academic, non-governmental organizations, tribal liaisons and state government representatives came together to begin to coordinate priorities, explain capacities and expertise, discuss resources opportunities and start a process of building a climate collaboration within the greater Missouri Basin.  Specifically, each attending group had an opportunity to briefly discuss their activities and priorities in the region.  In addition, each group provided a brief summary that includes key climate related internet links, possible grant opportunities, agency priorities and perhaps a sense of capacity of the agency in terms of education, literacy, regulation and overall climate program.  These summaries, along with the presentations from the meeting, can be found by clicking the corresponding links below.

Organization Website Presentation Handout
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service USFWS LCC Factsheet
American Association of State Climatologists www.stateclimate.org
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration www.climate.noaa.gov NOAA NOAA Central Region Climate Services Overview
National Park Service NPS Understanding the Science of Climate Change:  Impacts to Prairie Potholes and Grasslands (Report)
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies www.fishwildlife.org AFWA AFWA Executive Summary
Natural Resources Conservation Service www.nrcs.usda.gov NRCS Climate Overview
Regional Integrated Science & Assessment www.colorado.edu
US Corps of Engineers www.corpsclimate.us

USACE Missouri River Basin Overview USACE Climate Change Fact Sheet

Bureau of Reclamation



BOR BOR Background
High Plains Regional Climate Center www.hprcc.unl.edu HPRCC

HPRCC Handout

HPRCC Brochure

US Geologic Survey, Tribal Liaison USGS_Tribal_Liaison
US Geologic Survey USGS USGS Climate Science in the Missouri Basin
Climate Science Center CSC
Environmental Protection Agency EPA
National Drought Mitigation Center drought.unl.edu NDMC NDMC Brochure
Midwest Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies www.mafwa.org MAFWA Background
Western Area Power Administration www.wapa.gov WAPA
Intertribal Council on Utility Policy (COUP) Intertribal_COUP
Bureau of Land Management BLM BLM NW Plains Brochure
BLM Missouri Basin Activities
National Integrated Drought Information System www.drought.gov NIDIS Brochure

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