North Central Climate Science Center: 2015 Open Science Conference

Wed, May 20 (All day) to Fri, May 22 (All day)
Fort Collins CO

Purpose: The purpose of this conference is to bring the regional climate research community (from NorthCentral region universities, DOI agencies, and other research institutions) and stakeholders (including lo- cal to federal natural resource managers, tribal resource managers and leaders, and non-governmental organizations) together to foster productive engagement, interactions and involvement with the NC CSC. We will strive to identify emerging research issues and topics, and adjust the NC CSC’s research agenda accordingly to encourage demand-driven and actionable research. We will encourage participation from tribal members and young scientists by providing travel support to those participants.

Description: In this 3 day conference we will highlight recent and current research activities and findings related to the NC CSC’s three foundational science areas (climate drivers, ecological impacts, and adapta- tion).  We will identify and discuss climate-related management issues faced by DOI land managers in the North Central region.  We will also discuss issues of stakeholder engagement in the research process, and communication of outcomes to multiple audiences.

Training: The NC CSC will offer a two-day training (May 18-19, 2015) in conjunction with the conference. This interdisciplinary training will be geared towards graduate students, postdocs, and early career scien- tists and managers from the North Central region. The training will expose participants to the NC CSC foundational science areas and related software tools being used in the NC CSC to help connect the latest climate science with resource manager needs. Teaching modules will include a survey of climate data and tools, impact analyses and modeling, and an introduction to adaptation and mitigation, as well as a syn- thesis session. Visit for a draft training schedule.

Limited travel support is available for tribal participants, early career scientists, and students. Please contact Jill Lackett, contact information below, to request assistance.

Jill Lackett Colorado State University


MSU IoE Office

Montana State University
605 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-2374
MSU Director: Bruce Maxwell

UM IoE Office

The Universityi of Montana

The University of Montana
Davidson Honors College
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-6058
UM Director: Maury Valett


Montana University System

Montana University System

Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
2500 Broadway Street
Helena, MT 59620