Climate and Land Use Change science priorities
NC State University hosts the DOI/USGS Southeast Climate Science Center (SE CSC) and is beginning its phase 2 science planning to cover 2018-2023 and beyond. We are looking for your input on science and management needs related to strategic issues and problems that fish and wildlife agencies face in the southeastern US. Your guidance will help NC State University better meet its agreement for hosting and supporting the science mission of the SE CSC.

Your response is anonymous. The information you provide will be used for internal review and planning only. This survey should require less than 10 minutes. Please contact Aranzazu Lascurain, Assistant University Director (alascur@ncsu.edu, 919-515-7687) with any questions.

Introduction to this survey by University Assistant Director
Duration: 1 minute
Science to understand the extent, impact, and adaptation to change
The Department of the Interior Southeast Climate Science Center (SE CSC) is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers managed by the US Geological Survey's National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. We work with natural and cultural resource managers to gather the scientific information and build the tools needed to help fish, wildlife, and ecosystems adapt to the impacts of climate change.

We want to be closely engaged with natural resource managers to co-produce science that directly connects to management needs. Broadly, this includes physical, biological, ecological, social, economic, and decision sciences to understand:
(1) the extent of projected climate and land use change,
(2) the impacts of change on plants, wildlife, ecosystems, and cultural resources and
(3) how to frame adaptation problems and allocate adaptation resources wisely.

All of these science and management needs are important. In this survey we seek to better understand which SE CSC activities might be particularly useful for you in the coming years. Thanks for taking the time to participate and providing us valuable guidance.

1. Rank the questions below in order of RELATIVE importance to SUPPORT YOUR WORK in the next 1-5 years.
You can only choose 1 rank for each question.
Most Important
Moderately high
Moderately low
Least important
How will climate and land use CHANGE in the places where you focus?
How will changes AFFECT the resources and places you manage or study?
How should you effectively FRAME adaptation problems?
How should you make wise RESOURCE ALLOCATION DECISIONS to support adaptation?
Please add any comments on your choice or other broad global change information you think is needed to support your work.
Your answer
Management and science concerns that should inform SE CSC research priorities
Below are a range of science topics that fall under the broad themes you ranked above. For each of these, please prioritize the relative need for research in each of these topics to support you and your agency's work over the next 5-10 years. For the topics listed below, please prioritize the importance of these issues as research topics for management decisions over the next 5-10 years.

EXTENT/MAGNITUDE refers to the amount of change in climate (average weather conditions) and land use conditions (e.g. urbanization and development)

IMPACTS TO NATURAL SYSTEMS refers to the effect climate and land use change will have on key resources or on-the-ground conditions in the future

RESOURCE ALLOCATION AND ADAPTATION DECISION refers to important characteristics of how managers and agencies plan actions to adapt and allocated resources (e.g. budget, people, effort) to deal with climate and land use change and its impacts.
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2. How should the Southeast CSC prioritize its research efforts related to the EXTENT/MAGNITUDE of climate and land use change?
(1 = Highest Priority, 5 = Lowest Priority)
1 (Highest)
2
3
4
5 (Lowest)
Future temperature conditions (e.g. averages and extremes)
Future precipitation conditions (e.g. patterns)
Future water quantity conditions (e.g. ecological flows)
Future water quality conditions (e.g. temperature, nutrients)
Future land use conditions
Frequency and severity of future droughts
Frequency and severity of future floods
Rate, magnitude, and location of sea level rise
If other items not listed above are important to you, please describe and prioritize them.
Your answer
3. How should the Southeast CSC prioritize its research efforts on IMPACTS TO NATURAL SYSTEMS?
(1 = Highest Priority, 5 = Lowest Priority)
1 (Highest)
2
3
4
5 (Lowest)
Ecological impacts of drought
Sea level rise impacts
Loss in landscape/habitat connectivity
Changes in natural fire risk
Impacts of prescribed fire
Changes in prevalence of invasive species, disease, and pests
Impacts of invasive species, disease, and pests on natural systems
Reaching trigger points and thresholds for habitats of concern
Impacts on coupled natural and human systems
Phenological shifts
If other items not listed above are important to you, please describe and prioritize them.
Your answer
4. How should the Southeast CSC prioritize its research efforts on RESOURCE ALLOCATION AND ADAPTATION DECISIONS?
(1 = Highest Priority, 5 = Lowest Priority)
1 (Highest)
2
3
4
5 (Lowest)
Understanding the robustness of adaption options to climate and land use change uncertainties
Understanding the values and objectives of those making adaptation decisions
Understanding the values and objectives of those affected by adaptation decisions
Understanding the value of ecosystem services, including those valued services provided by species, habitat, and ecosystems that you manage
Understanding the impact of decisions (i.e. management) on these ecosystem services
Understanding how changes in these ecosystem services impact partners/stakeholders
If other items not listed above are important to you, please describe and prioritize them.
Your answer
5. At which scales should SE CSC prioritize its research?
(1 = Highest Priority, 3 = Lowest Priority)
1 (Highest)
2
3 (Lowest)
Species
Habitat
Landscape
Other items not listed above, and their priority?
Your answer
Communication and Learning
Below are a few questions to help us better understand how you like to learn about our science outputs.
6. How should we best communicate with you? Rank order your preferences with regard to the following methods of communication from the SE CSC to you.
1 (Most Preferred)
2
3
4
5 (Least Preferred)
Newsletter
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Video / phone conference
Other preferred ways not listed above?
Your answer
7. What are your preferences for accessing and digesting new science and information?
1 (Most Preferred)
2
3
4
5 (Least Preferred)
Webinar
In-person workshops
Larger conference / symposia
Fact sheets
Synthesis reports
Formal research publications
Short term "consulting" or advice
Other preferred ways not listed above?
Your answer
Tell us about yourself
Below are some questions about you that will help provide us with context for your response above
8. In which state(s) do you mostly work?
Required
10. Which of the following habitats represent(s) your PRIMARY focus?
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11. Do you consider yourself more of a scientist or a resource manager?
12. In what stage of career are you?
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