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

February 28, 2018

Federal investments by U.S. agencies to enhance climate resilience at regional scales grew over the past decade (2010s). To maximize efficiency and effectiveness in serving multiple sectors and scales, it has become critical to leverage existing agency-specific research, infrastructure, and capacity while avoiding redundancy. We discuss lessons learned from a multi-institutional “regional climate response collaborative” that comprises three different federally-supported climate service entities in the Rocky Mountain west and northern plains region. These lessons include leveraging different strengths of each partner, creating deliberate mechanisms to increase cross-entity communication and joint ownership of projects, and placing a common priority on stakeholder-relevant research and outcomes. We share the conditions that fostered successful collaboration, which can be transferred elsewhere, and suggest mechanisms for overcoming potential barriers. Synergies are essential for producing actionable research that informs climate-related decisions for stakeholders and ultimately enhances climate resilience at regional scales.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2018
Title Regional climate response collaboratives: Multi-institutional support for climate resilience
DOI 10.1175/BAMS-D-17-0183.1
Authors Kristen Averyt, Justin D. Derner, Lisa Dilling, Rafael Guerrero, Linda A. Joyce, Shannon McNeeley, Elizabeth McNie, Jeffrey T. Morisette, Dennis Ojima, Robin O'Malley, Dannele Peck, Andrea J. Ray, Matt Reeves, William Travis
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Index ID 70195758
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization North Central Climate Science Center

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