Upcoming Events

Webinar: A Climate Trends Roadmap for Transportation

Mar. 27, 2018

March 27, 2018 | 12-1 PM CT

Presenter: Dr. Esther Mullens, Postdoctoral Research Associate, South Central Climate Science Center

Extreme weather, such as heat waves, cold waves, heavy precipitation, and winter storms, can profoundly impact transportation safety and state of repair. Adapting to present and potential future extremes of weather and climate will require some understanding of how these conditions are trending. It is expected that some of these changes may be such that using only historical climate information in planning and design may no longer be sufficiently accounting for the potential range of extreme conditions that the transportation system will encounter. The Southern Plains Transportation Center has made climate adaptive transportation a focus of their research activities. The South Central Climate Science Center (SC CSC) has worked to evaluate recent and future trends in a number of transportation-relevant weather and climate conditions in the south-central U.S.

In this webinar, Dr. Esther Mullens, a postdoctoral researcher at the SC CSC, will discuss the motivation and methods used to obtain these trends from climate data. Mullens will also showcase state-by-state summaries of these trends for each state in the SPTC area of responsibility and provide an overview of the information, datasets and resources available to assist transportation researchers and agencies in their planning for future weather extremes.

Early Career Researcher Professional Development Training Applications Due

Apr. 2, 2018

We are pleased to announce our third Early Career Researcher Professional Development Training designed for graduate students, postdocs, and early career researchers (i.e., graduated within the last five years) from any discipline conducting climate-related research with relevance to the south-central U.S. (i.e., New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, or Texas/Louisiana coast).


This immersive five-day training will include a series of lectures, team activities, and field trips exploring Louisiana’s water and climate challenges. Participants will have the unique opportunity to converse with scientists, communicators, stakeholders, and decision-makers dealing with ‘on the ground’ environmental and climate impacts. Participants will learn how to effectively communicate their research, develop multi-disciplinary research proposals, engage in actionable science, and build teams.

Our 2014 and 2016 received very positive feedback from participants: “The quantity and quality of the speakers was mind-blowing and personally a career altering experience. I can’t wait to collaborate with several of the individuals I’ve met…. I would highly recommend this to others who incorporate any aspect of climate into their research.”

View Full Eligibility Requirements and Application Form

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be graduate students, postdocs, or early-career professionals (i.e., graduated within the last five years), who have or are conducting research associated with the south-central U.S. (i.e., New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, or Texas/Louisiana coast). Applicants must be at least 18-years of age and have a valid social security number.

Commitment to Diversity: The South Central Climate Science Center is committed to encouraging diversity in the sciences. We highly value and seek the contributions of minorities and women. Please encourage your students and early-career researchers to pursue this opportunity.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing info@southcentralclimate.org.

Hear from previous participants about the experience.

Shifting Landscapes Special Topic Training: Connecting with Tribal Leaders

Apr. 5, 2018

University of Oklahoma
Bizzell Library, Lower Level 1, Room 118
401 W. Brooks
Norman, Oklahoma 73019

As part of the Shifting Landscapes series, this learning opportunity is an extension of pervious introductory sessions. The workshop, which is designed for non-Native scholars (faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students) and non-Native government employees and researchers at the University of Oklahoma, will focus on strategies for connecting with tribal leaders. Those who attend will participate in a number of activities and discussions designed to create a greater awareness of:

1) Connecting with tribal leaders- including initial contact;
2) Building and nurturing respectful relationships; and
3) Working collaboratively with tribal leaders and organizations.

Faculty members, researchers and scholars will leave the workshop with a number of tools and resources designed to provide optimal potential for developing long-term research relationships with tribal organizations.

Register now

For more information contact:
Todd Fuller
(405) 325-1951

Future Events

Managing for a Changing Climate Fall Course Available Online

Aug. 21, 2017

We’re excited to announce the release of an updated version of our popular Managing for a Changing Climate online course, available for free on August 21st at janux.ou.edu.

Register here!


This course was originally launched in 2016. The updated version will include new videos and supplemental materials developed with student feedback. The course is free and available worldwide for anyone with an internet connection through the Janux platform.

Most resource managers need to take climate impacts into account when making decisions during the course of their career, whether their work protects native species populations, reduces the impact of extreme storms on infrastructure, or improves water quality in a watershed. This course provides students with an understanding of the climate system, how it is changing, and what that means for various natural and cultural resources. This information is valuable for students, management professionals, and researchers alike.

Material for this course was developed in partnership with NextThought LLC, NASA through the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium, and the University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. The course is also offered as a 3-credit upper division undergraduate course in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma.