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Research Project: Southern Plains Climate Hub Fellow

Location: Oklahoma and Central Plains Agricultural Research Center (ocparc)

Project Number: 3070-12610-001-006-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2022
End Date: Aug 30, 2024

Objective:
The Fellow is expected to work within the Climate Hubs' three workstreams: 1) science/data syntheses, 2) technology/tool co-development and support, and 3) outreach, convening, and training. Science and data syntheses. A key role of the Hubs is understanding what the best science indicates about current and future climate scenarios; how current and projected conditions affect agriculture, forestry, and the communities that depend on them; how to best adapt to new conditions; and mitigate greenhouse gases, and what roadblocks exist to implementing best practices. Therefore, the Hubs continuously identify specific needs for assessments and syntheses of information at many scales. The science capacity and science perspective of the Hubs are critical to carry out this function effectively as they conduct, request, inform, review, and guide the development of relevant research. Technology/tool co-development and support. Tools and technology for agriculture and forest management are rapidly evolving, as is the knowledge about climate change, and the approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Hubs engage in tool development and curation to address regional partner needs, support existing USDA and partner tools and capacities, and reduce obstacles to implementing best practices. These efforts improve access to climate change projections other usable regional data in support of risk management and climate adaptation planning. The Hubs also provide coordinated technical support in adaptation planning to supplement USDA agriculture and land management program delivery. Outreach, convening, and training. A major role of the Hubs is developing and communicating science-based information with a diverse set of partners. This theme covers a broad range of activities, from factsheets and trainings to podcasts and media interviews. It includes developing relevant information about, and providing exposure to, the latest climate science and its implications for working lands, as well as information regarding tools, practices, resources, and benefits to implementing climate mitigation and adaptation actions. The Hubs convene and engage with partners and communities in innovative and interactive ways to help increase climate literacy and lower the barriers to climate adaptation and mitigation, climate-related risk management, and rural productivity enhancement.

Approach:
Equip more producers, water managers, and other stakeholders with training, network and confidence to take action to improve an effort to develop and deliver science-based, region-specific information and technologies to agricultural and natural resource managers that enable climate-informed decision-making, and to provide access to assistance to implement those decisions. Implement a human centered, participatory program to collect and integrate feedback from diverse agriculture supply chain partners.