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UW to collaborate on new federal climate science center

The UW-Madison is among several institutions that will collaborate through a new federal Northeast Climate Science Center (CSC)  to study the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources.

The effort to collaborate with the CSC was led by Lewis Gilbert, associate director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and William Karasov, chair of the CALS Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

Karasov says the center will provide infrastructure for additional federal support for UW-Madison research on climate change adaptation and produce numerous opportunities for faculty and students to help shape management policies and practices. He notes that the Northeast CSC is one of several regional centers sponsored by the Department of the Interior, which also sponsors regional Landscape Conservation Cooperatives that are tightly linked to federal and state natural resource managers.

“CSCs will deliver basic climate-change-impact science to the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to help managers make informed decisions,” says Karasov.  “UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have been heavily involved with our regional cooperative.  This helped make our proposal competitive.”

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