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Central Regional Partners

NOAA's Central Region Climate Service, which are part of NCDC, deliver tools and information to communities and businesses to reduce climate risk and improve resiliency. The Regional Partners assist and work with the Climate Service.

Regional Partners

  • National Weather Service Central Region
    The National Weather Service Central Region, with 43 Weather Forecast Offices and 2 River Forecast centers in its domain, uniquely serves as the local and state conduit for providing operational-scale climate data, forecasts, and information to its partners. This is especially relevant from a perspective of providing decision support services to these partners to assist them with adapting to their impacts of climate change and climate variability.
  • Central Region Region
    The Central region has myriad capabilities and expertise both within NOAA and through extended partnerships with other federal and state resource agencies, tribes, regional universities, NGOs, and other partner organizations. The NOAA Central Regional Collaboration Team helps bring these constituents together to collectively address major challenges to healthy and resilient communities.  The Team’s composition, with members from across the region and all Line Offices reflect diverse expertise. The regional collaboration effort, which brings together efforts from across the agency in combination with those of partners to accomplish larger-picture outcomes, amplifies the strength of each component.
  • Great Lakes Region
    One of eight NOAA regional collaboration teams, the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Team strives to improve the delivery of NOAA products and services to the region through improved communication, coordination and collaboration among NOAA offices and with partners within the region and by focusing NOAA’s capabilities on the region’s issues. The Great Lakes Team reflects the diversity of NOAA’s presence in the region and strengthened by membership not only form NOAA’s line offices, but also by membership of multiple core partners.
  • Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
    The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere is a cooperative institute that is also a research department within Colorado State University's College of Engineering, in partnership with the Department of Atmospheric Science. Its vision is to conduct interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and applied research.
  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
    The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences researchers explore all aspects of the earth system and search for ways to better understand how natural and human-made disturbances impact our dynamic planet. Our focus on innovation and collaboration has made us a world leader in interdisciplinary research and teaching. We’re committed to communicating our research in ways that help inform decision-makers and the public.
  • Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystem Research (CILER)
    With the objective of fostering University and NOAA partnerships in the Great Lakes region established the CILER in 1989. The CILER and Environment at the University of Michigan brings together this expertise in Great Lakes science and outreach. In 2007 the University of Michigan and nine consortium universities awarded the current CILER Agreement with NOAA.
  • National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
    The NIDIS Act of 2006 charged NIDIS with developing the leadership and partnerships necessary to implement an integrated national drought monitoring and forecasting system that creates a regional drought "early warning information system." The systems would be capable of providing accurate, timely and integrated information on drought conditions at the relevant spatial scale to facilitate proactive decisions aimed at minimizing the economic, social and ecosystem losses associated with drought.
  • Sea Grant
    The four Sea Grant programs in NOAA’s Central Region for climate services (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana-Illinois, and Michigan) work to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of Great Lake resources to benefit the economy and environment of their respective states. To fulfill this mission, Sea Grant programs commit to supporting interdisciplinary environmental scholarship and community-based natural-resource management.
  • State Climatologists
    The fourteen state climatologists working in NOAA’s Central Region for climate services support government, citizens, businesses, and organizations in their states. Facilitating access to and use of weather and climate data; monitoring climatic conditions; producing research, reports and updates on state climate serving as a point of contact for the federal government on state-level climate issues; and encouraging the widespread and appropriate use of climate information and outlooks.
  • Western Water Assessment
    The Western Water Assessment is a university-based applied research program that addresses societal vulnerabilities related to climate, particularly in the area of water resources. We work across the Intermountain West—Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. The mission is to identify and characterize regional vulnerabilities to and impacts of climate variability and change, to develop information, products, and processes to assist decision makers throughout the Intermountain West.
  • Great Lakes Integrated Science and Assessments (GLISA)
    GLISA is a collaboration of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, with the participation of Ohio State University and Michigan Sea Grant. ItCore Management Teamis comprised of leading climatologists, social scientists, and outreach specialists. GLISA is part of a national network of regional centersfocused on adaptation to climate change and variability. GLISA's focus is the watersheds of Lake Huron and Lake Erie in Michigan and Ohio and the province of Ontario, but encompasses the broader Great Lakes basin.
  • Midwest Regional Climate Center
    The MRCC serves the nine-state Midwest region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). Our services and research help to better explain climate and its impacts on the Midwest, provide practical solutions to specific climate problems, and allow us to develop climate information for the Midwest on climate-sensitive issues such as agriculture, climate change, energy, the environment, human health, risk management, transportation, and water resources.
  • High Plains Regional Climate Center
    The mission of the High Plains Regional Climate Center is to increase the use and availability of climate data in the High Plains region (Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado).  HPRCC personnel work closely with scientists from other regional and federal climate centers on climate services and programs and provide a regional structure for climate applications. The long-term objectives of the HPRCC are to carry out applied climate studies, develop improved climate information products, and provide climate services in the High Plains region.
  • Department of Interior Climate Science Centers
    The North Central and Northeast Science Centers (CSCs) provide scientific information, tools and techniques that land, water, wildlife and cultural resource managers and other interested parties can apply to anticipate, monitor and adapt to climate and ecologically driven responses at regional-to-local scales. CSCs deliver basic climate change impact science within their respective regions, including physical and biological research, ecological forecasting, and multi-scale modeling.
  • Landscape Conservation Cooperatives
    The eight Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) that intersect with NOAA’s Central Region for climate services support applied conservation science partnerships with two main functions. The first is to provide the science and technical expertise needed to support conservation planning at landscape scales – beyond the reach or resources of any one organization. The second function of LCCs is to promote collaboration among their members in defining shared conservation goals.