Great Plains Institute
The mission of the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is to transform methods of producing, distributing, and consuming energy to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. Through research and analysis, consensus policy development, technology acceleration, and local action, GPI promotes the transition to clean, efficient, and secure energy. GPI's seven major areas of work include:
Headwaters Economics is an independent, nonprofit research group that works to inform decision-making about community development, land management, and natural resources management in the West. A related goal is improving the transparency and accountability of these decisions.
Minnesota Sea Grant
The Minnesota Sea Grant, the only Sea Grant program focused entirely on Lake Superior, seeks to maintain and enhance its coastal environment and coastal economy through high-quality research, education, and outreach. This program supports research that will lead to tools and technology for responsible management and policy decisions regarding Lake Superior and inland aquatic economies and resources. Through scientific research and public education programs, the Minnesota Sea Grant conveys the needs of communities, industries, and management agencies to university scientists, and promotes the best and most current science regarding Lake Superior and inland lakes to resource users, managers, and policy-makers.
Minnesota State Climatology Office
The Minnesota State Climatology Office (MN SCO) exists to manage, analyze, and disseminate climate information, to develop and implement or improve technical means for such activities and to coordinate the activities of data producers or suppliers to ensure the availability of high quality climate data for the State of Minnesota and its citizens.
Midwestern Regional Climate Center
The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) is one of six regional climate centers in the U. S. managed by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The MRCC is a cooperative program between NCDC and the Illinois State Water Survey - a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The MRCC serves the nine-state Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). MRCC research helps explain climate and its impacts on the Midwest, and provide practical solutions to specific climate problems.
NOAA Office for Coastal Management
The Office for Coastal Management (OCM) is tasked with implementing the Coastal Zone Management Act. OCM activities include working with states and territories to conserve and protect coral reefs, operating a system of National Estuarine Research Reserves, and developing a system of marine protected areas.
U.S. Forest Service Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center
The mission of the Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center (EFETAC) is an interdisciplinary resource that is actively developing new technology and tools to anticipate and respond to emerging eastern forest threats. EFETAC researchers work with other scientists nationally as well as with a variety of Federal, State, and local government agencies, universities, and non-governmental partners to address forest threats. EFETAC has many projects and collaborations related to climate change which can be accessed on their website.
USFS Northern Research Station
One of five regional units that make up the U. S. Forest Service (USFS) Research and Development organization, the Northern Research Station (NRS) maintains 21 research locations throughout a 20-state territory. The station develops management strategies for plants, soil, air, water, and wildlife to meet the needs of people and communities. NRS scientists are involved in research to understand the processes and extent of global climate change and their probable/possible effects on forest ecosystems.
USGS Minnesota Water Science Center
The USGS Minnesota Water Science Center provides current real time data on streamflow, ground water, and water quality from sites throughout the state. The center has historical data on streamflow, ground water, water quality, and other water-related information. The center also has numerous publications, data sheets, projects, and scientific reports on a range of hydrological topics.
Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy
The Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED) works to ensure that communities and policy makers have the tools and information they need to create energy and environmental policy that is just and sustainable. CEED's objectives include: