The mission of the Grazinglands Research Laboratory is develop and deliver improved technologies, management strategies, and strategic and tactical planning tools which help evaluate and manage economic and environmental risks, opportunities, and tradeoffs, for integrated crop, forage, and livestock systems under variable climate, energy and market conditions.
The American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) promotes cooperation between State Climatologists and those federal, state, and private agencies whose functions include the collection, analysis and dissemination of climate information. The AASC also provides mutual assistance in the development of effective State Climatologist programs.
The Jornada Basin Long Term Ecological Research program at New Mexico State University studies the causes and consequences of desertification: the broad scale expansion of woody plants into grasslands that results in more “desert like” conditions.
Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) at Kansas State University is a comprehensive ecological research, education and outreach program, centered around one of the most productive grasslands in North America – the tallgrass prairie.
The NCAR Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program weather and climate arenas that have proved particularly challenging for decision-makers and scientists alike: characterizing uncertainty; extreme weather and climate events; and the role of climate in human health.
The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management.
The National Severe Storms Laboratory serves the nation by working to improve the leadtime and accuracy of severe weather warnings and forecasts in order to save lives and reduce property damage. NSSL scientists are committed to their mission to understand the causes of severe weather and explore new ways to use weather information to assist National Weather Service forecasters and federal, university, and private sector partners.
The research conducted at the Ada laboratory focuses on soil and subsurface environments. The facility’s mission is to study the transport and transformation of contaminants in soil and groundwater generated by municipal, agricultural, and industrial wastes.
Sandia National Laboratories has developed science-based technologies that support our national security. Through science and technology, people, infrastructure, and partnerships, Sandia’s helps to meet national needs in energy, climate, & infrastructure security.
The Sevilleta LTER at the University of New Mexico supports a long-term, integrated, interdisciplinary research program addressing key hypotheses on pattern and process in aridland ecosystems. Sevilleta LTER research includes studies in desert grassland and shrubland communities, and riparian and mountain forests emphasizing pulse driven processes in space and time.
South Dakota State University hosts the Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence and Office of the State Climatologist of South Dakota. SDSU offers majors focused on improving our understanding and management of natural resources, including Ecology and Environmental Science, Range Science, and Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.
Texas A&M University hosts the Department of Ecosystems Science & Management and the Office of the State Climatologist of Texas. The Department of Ecosystems Science & Management significantly impacts the science, education, and management affecting ecosystems through advancing knowledge of ecosystem structure, function, services, and stewardship, creating learning environments that prepare students, and delivering outreach and continuing education programs that provide pragmatic solutions for diverse stakeholders.
With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers works to strengthen the Nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure. The Corps energizes the economy by dredging America’s waterways to support the movement of critical commodities and providing recreation opportunities at campgrounds, lakes and marinas. The Corps reduces risks from disasters through storm damage reduction infrastructure.
The University of Louisiana–Lafayette works extensively with the National Wetlands Research Center on coastal, wetland, and forest ecosystem impacts from climate change and hosts the Gulf Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit.
The College of Agriculture & Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosts the Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, National Drought Mitigation Center, High Plains Regional Climate Center, and the Office of the State Climatologist of Nebraska.