About Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences
Research Work Unit NRS-06
Our mission is to develop and provide the basic science, quantitative methods, and technology needed to make decisions about forest ecosystems and the atmosphere related to climate change, fire, and carbon.
Through our research, we:
- Provide new information on the effects of atmosphere-ecosystem interactions on ecosystem processes and functions.
- Develop new predictive fire-fuel-atmosphere interaction tools and models that can be incorporated into the next-generation physics-based fire modeling and global fire danger assessment systems.
- Assess sensitivity of forest ecosystems, markets, and forest-based communities to climate change.
- Determine how to adapt forest management to climate change-related needs (e.g., carbon storage and the production of wood for biomass energy) while preserving ecosystem services.
- Monitor and map forest resources and maintain databases useful for climate impact assessment and greenhouse gas mitigation (e.g., forest carbon storage, and biomass energy feedstocks).
- Provide knowledge, improve awareness, educate, and inform policy on climate change and fire related threats to forests and people.
- Provide information and tools to aid in the development of policies and management strategies.
Regional and National Responsibilities
The Climate, Fire and Carbon Cycle Sciences Unit has a station-wide integrating function as the home of the Northern Research Station’s Climate Change Research Program. This program is linked to the Forest Service’s nationwide Global Change Research Program.
The Climate, Fire and Carbon Cycle Sciences Unit is the home of the Eastern Area Modeling Consortium and is uniquely suited to address two of the major research elements of the WFFRD Strategic Plan – core fire science and fire-environment interactions.
The Climate, Fire and Carbon Cycle Sciences Unit is a leading participant in the North American Carbon Program, an interagency effort to improve understanding of the exchanges of carbon dioxide between the land, atmosphere, and oceans, and to determine the causes of changes in the carbon cycle.
The Climate, Fire and Carbon Cycle Sciences Unit is the home of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, a public-private-university organization designed to bridge the gap between carbon cycle science and the needs of land managers.
The Climate, Fire and Carbon Cycle Sciences Unit is also responsible for the Silas Little Experimental Forest, a state-of-the-art research facility in New Jersey with a focus on fire research and long-term land and atmospheric monitoring.
Last Modified: 10/15/2010