The South Carolina State Climatology Office (SCO) was established through legislation in 1986 to provide climatological services to the people of South Carolina. The SCO is housed within the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. SCO's mission is to archive, process, and disseminate South Carolina weather and climate data; to represent South Carolina in all climatological and meteorological matters within and outside the State, to educate the people of South Carolina on current and emerging climate issues; to assist State and Federal agencies in data acquisition and forecast interpretation before, during, and after periods of severe weather; and to conduct research related to weather and climate issues.
The Southeast Regional Climate Center (SERCC) is one of six regional centers in the U. S. managed by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. The SERCC is housed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was created in response to an assessment that identified various user needs for regional climate services in the Southeast. The SERCC serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands. The mission of the SERCC is to provide timely, high quality, and pertinent climate data and information to public and private users in the region.
The Southern Group of State Foresters (SGSF) is a non-profit organization consisting of State Foresters from Alabama, Arkansas, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, U. S. Virgin Islands, and Virginia. SGSF provides leadership in sustaining the economic, environmental and social benefits of the forests of the Southeast, and works to identify and address existing and emerging issues and challenges that are important to southern forests and citizens.
The USGS South Carolina Water Science Center provides current real-time data on streamflow, water-quality, groundwater, precipitation, and lakes and reservoirs levels from sites throughout South Carolina. The center has historical data on South Carolina's streamflow, ground water, water quality, and other historical information. The center also has numerous publications, data sheets, projects, and scientific reports on a range of hydrological topics.
One of 21 Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) established by Secretarial Order No. 3289, which focus on on-the-ground strategic conservation efforts at the landscape level. LCCs are management-science partnerships that inform integrated resource-management actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes, linking science and conservation. The currently participating bureaus are the National Park Service, Office of Surface Mining, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
National Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise: Preliminary Results for the Atlantic Coast
One of three national assessments of U. S. coastal regions conducted in the late 1990's, this assessment focused on the Atlantic coastline, while the other two focused on the Gulf Coast and Pacific coastlines. The overall goal of these studies was to identify those portions of the U. S. coastal regions at risk and the nature of that risk (e. g. , inundation, erosion, etc. ). The long-term goal of this study is to predict future coastal changes with a degree of certainty useful for coastal management, following an approach similar to that used to map national seismic and volcanic hazards.
Authors or Affiliated Users: E. Robert Thieler, Erika S. Hammar-Klose
Resource Category: Assessments
AgroClimate is an interactive website developed by the Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC) for use by farmers, ranchers, foresters, water resource managers, and those who advise them. The site uses crop simulation models and historic and forecast climate data to allow decision makers to compare changes in probable outcomes under different climate conditions.
Resource Category: Data and tools
This report synthesizes a 4-year study of the use of the climate forecasts for drought management in the state of Georgia. The study investigates the needs and potential benefits of seasonal forecast information for water management. It provides a method for translating NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) seasonal precipitation outlooks into a forecast precipitation index (FPI) that is tailored for water managers in the southeastern United States. This case study is also beneficial, as it represents the integration of climate forecasts into decision-making procedures for a public agency, and provides the economic valuation of that forecast information.
Author or Affiliated User: Anne C. Steinemann
Resource Category: Solutions
April 25, 2008
This Master’s project identifies primary and secondary climate change impacts to coastal areas of the Southeast U.S. The author proposes three resiliency criteria and applies this decision-making framework as a means of evaluating potential adaptation response strategies for sea-level rise. These criteria include adequate adaptive capacity, environmental sustainability, and the win-win nature of the adaptive measures.
Author or Affiliated User: Ulla-Brott O. Reeves
Resource Category: Solutions
New Frameworks for Managing Dynamic Coasts: Legal and Policy Tools for Adapting U.S. Coastal Zone Management to Climate Change
This paper, published in the Sea Grant Law and Policy Journal, identifies policy and governance reforms that could make coastal communities and ecosystems more resilient to the effects of sea level rise.
Authors or Affiliated Users: Sandra S. Nichols, Carl Bruch
Resource Category: Law and Governance