Tuesday October 2, 2012 0 comments
FORT COLLINS - The North Central Climate Science Center will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the construction and launch of its new facility on the Colorado State University campus.
The event will be held from 2-4 p.m. at CSU's Natural and Environmental Sciences Building. As a hub of climate science research and innovation, CSU was selected as the base for one of eight U.S. Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers across the nation.
"The center is a collaborative initiative to research and address some of the most important ecological issues related to climate change that are facing our region," said Dennis Ojima, NC CSC university director and professor and researcher at CSU's Warner College of Natural Resources.
Ojima said those issues include the pine beetle infestation, habitat and behavior change of endangered species such as the grey wolf, and energy, land and water sustainability.
Department of the Interior Deputy Secretary David Hayes will speak at the event on the importance of conservation of natural and cultural resources in the West and climate science research.
NC CSC is dedicated to providing scientific information and resources to help natural resource managers understand, anticipate and adapt to impacts of climate change on critical natural, cultural, wildlife and agricultural resources.
The event coincides with a two-day workshop of the CSU-led North Central University Consortium, which includes the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Wyoming, Montana State University, University of Montana, Kansas State University and Iowa State University.