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Environment / Sustainability

North Central Climate Science Center hosts ribbon cutting for new research facility

October 4, 2012

Climate change has become one of the most important and contentiously debated global issues facing society today.

NC CSC Director Jeffrey Morisette and NC CSC University Director Dennis Ojima cut the ceremonial ribbon of the new facility at Colorado State University with CSU President Tony Frank and Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes on Oct. 2. The North Central Climate Science Center (NC CSC) hosted a ribbon-cutting event and reception this week to mark the construction and launch of its new facility at Colorado State University’s Natural and Environmental Sciences Building.

One of eight in the nation

As a hub of climate science research and innovation, CSU was selected as the base for one of eight U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers established across the nation.

Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes spoke at the event about the importance of conservation of natural and cultural resources in the West and climate science research. NC CSC is dedicated to providing scientific information and resources to help natural resource managers understand, anticipate and adapt to impacts of climate change on critical natural, cultural, wildlife and agricultural resources.

Collaborative initiative

“The center is a collaborative initiative to research and address some of the most important ecological issues related to climate change that are facing our region: the pine beetle infestation; habitat and behavior change of endangered species, such as the grey wolf or sage grouse; and energy, land and water sustainability,” said Dennis Ojima, NC CSC university director and professor and researcher at CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources. “NC CSC is one part of a national effort to develop resource management strategies that are climate responsive and sustainable.”

The event coincided with a two-day workshop of the CSU-led North Central University Consortium, which includes, the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wyoming, Montana State University, University of Montana, Kansas State University and Iowa State University. Federal partners in the consortium include the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Center for Atmospheric Research and others.

Other presenters at the event included U.S. Geological Survey Associate Director Matt Larsen, CSU President Tony Frank, Warner College of Natural Resources Dean Joyce Berry, NC CSC Director Jeffrey Morisette and NC CSC University Director Dennis Ojima.

North Central Climate Science Center University Director Dennis Ojima and Warner College of Natural Resources Dean Joyce Berry celebrate the ribbon cutting on Oct. 2.Legacy of leadership

NC CSC’s new facility location is the latest addition to a growing and well-established legacy of ecological research leadership at CSU, including the Warner College of Natural Resources, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Center for Collaborative Conservation, School of Global and Environmental Sustainability, and other programs and initiatives in areas of water, soils, energy, and ecosystem sciences.

“Through collaboration with our university consortium, hosted by CSU, and its network of world-renowned ecological scientists, and our federal, state and tribal partners across the region, NC CSC will be able to provide pioneering progress and support to natural resource managers dealing with the critical challenge of climate change,” said Morisette, a USGS scientist, who joined CSU as NC CSC director in 2012.

For more information about NC CSC, visit the U.S. Department of Interior North Central Climate Center website or the University Consortium North Central Climate Center website.