NE CSC Stakeholder Interviews

During the fall of 2012, facilitators from the Keystone Center interviewed thirty-one stakeholders from federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations and others to assess key interests, aspirations and concerns regarding climate science research needs in general and the work of the incipient Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) in particular.  Facilitators reported common themes, shared, complementary and competing interests and where the “centers of gravity” seemed to exist to the NECSC.

The full Assessment is available here.

 

Major outcomes of the interviews include:

  • Stakeholders aware of NECSC, anticipating its engagement
  • Most valuable NECSC contributions could include “leadership” role,  “integrator” role, addressing unfilled needs, providing specialized expertise, communication of science
  • Suggested communication tools - Newsletters and Webinars

Specific areas of stakeholder interest:

  • Agricultural adaptation (e.g., helping farmers with direct and indirect climate impacts)
  • Improved modeling of river flows
  • “Actionable” information to assist with regulatory work (e.g., total maximum daily loads)
  • Downscaling to help with on-the-ground decisions
  • Urban areas and how impacts there can inform suburban and rural locations
  • Sea and/or lake level change issues
  • Biological responses and biological adaptation strategies
  • Link between changing climate and relatively unchanging geology
  • Critical assessment of various models
  • Impacts to various water-body types and indigenous species
  • Linking current monitoring capabilities to predicted threats
  • Evaluating effectiveness of policy options (e.g., in-lieu fee programs, nutrient reduction approaches)
  • Developing methods for identifying priority preservation approaches to mitigate climate impacts and promote resilience
  • Vulnerability assessments to inform adaptation strategies and/or best practices
  • Unique issues and challenges associated with urban landscapes/parks
  • Developing scenario planning tools and understanding sensitivity to different variables
  • Relationships between climate change and invasive species