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Research Project: Improved Management to Balance Production and Conservation in Great Plains Rangelands

Location: Rangeland Resources & Systems Research

Title: Regional climate response collaboratives: Multi-institutional support for climate resilience

Author
item Averyt, Kristen - University Of Colorado
item Derner, Justin
item Dilling, Lisa - University Of Colorado
item Guerrero, Rafael - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS, USDA)
item Joyce, Linda - Forest Service (FS)
item Mcneeley, Shannon - Colorado State University
item Mcnie, Elizabeth - University Of Colorado
item Morisette, Jeffrey - Colorado State University
item Ojima, Dennis - Colorado State University
item O'malley, Robin - Us Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center

Submitted to: American Meteorological Society
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 12/14/2017
Publication Date: 5/15/2018
Citation: Averyt, K., Derner, J.D., Dilling, L., Guerrero, R., Joyce, L.A., McNeeley, S., McNie, E., Morisette, J., Ojima, D., O'Malley, R. 2018. Regional climate response collaboratives: Multi-institutional support for climate resilience. American Meteorological Society. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0183.1.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0183.1

Interpretive Summary: The combination of USDA Regional Climate Hubs, DOI Climate Science Centers and the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment Programs at regional scales leads to questions about how best to leverage existing agency-specific research, infrastructure, and capacity while avoiding redundancy. Lessons learned are discussed from a regional climate collaborative with a focus on the synergies that are necessary to leverage resources and produce research that is directly relevant to inform climate-related decisions. Collaboration strategies, co-production of knowledge, and interdisciplinary communication among regional climate service entities enable the flexibility and innovation required to achieve climate resilience.

Technical Abstract: Federal investments by U.S. agencies to enhance climate resilience at regional scales have grown dramatically over the last five years. This leads to questions about how best to leverage existing agency-specific research, infrastructure, and capacity while avoiding redundancy. This article discusses the lessons learned from a regional climate collaborative comprised of three different federally-supported climate service entities, with a focus on the synergies that are necessary to leverage resources and produce actionable research to inform climate-related decisions. Policies that support strategies of collaboration, co-production, and interdisciplinary communication among regional climate service entities enable the flexibility and innovation required to achieve climate resilience.