Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) - RISA
The Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), formerly the Pacific Northwest Climate Decision Support Consortium (CDSC), provides information and tools to support decision making about landscape and watershed management in the region in a changing climate. It is a member of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, which supports climate research for decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level, representing Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Member organizations include the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI), including Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Oregon (UO); Idaho's project on Water Resources in a Changing Climate (WRCC), funded by NSF's Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), including University of Idaho (UI) and Boise State University (BSU); and the University Extension Services from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington including Oregon Sea Grant.
CIRC has three, interdependent scientific objectives that drive the organization including:
- Build collaborative teams of researchers and stakeholders as partners in co-producing knowledge that can be used to develop integrated climate-resilient strategies for landscape and watershed management in the PNW.
- Synthesize and integrate state-of-the-art climate, hydrologic, and other earth system science into a decision support system.
- Develop a framework for interactively envisioning future scenarios that are usable in many decision settings, using an “explore-then-test” approach, an alternative scenario generator called Envision, and a mobile Decision Theater.
Phone: (541) 737-5705
- NOAA Climate Program Office
- Climate Leadership Initiative
- University of Oregon Institute for a Sustainable Environment
- Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)