Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Michigan Technological University is a national leader in forest adaptation and carbon science, working collaboratively through the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) to bring the following efforts to forest managers and scientists:

Climate Change Response Framework

The Climate Change Response Framework (CCRF) is a highly collaborative approach to helping land managers integrate climate change considerations into forest management. Since 2009, the Framework has bridged the gap between scientific research on climate change impacts and on-the-ground natural resource management.

Currently, there are six Framework projects encompassing 19 states, including 14 National Forests and millions of acres of forestland and 75+ partners (federal, state, tribal, private). Each regional project interweaves four components: science and management partnerships, vulnerability assessments, adaptation resources, and demonstration projects.

The Climate Change Response Framework is a core forest adaptation component of the USDA Midwest and Northeast Regional Climate Hubs.

 

Climate Change Resource Center

The US Forest Service Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a web-based, national resource that connects land managers and decision makers with useable science to address climate change in planning and application. The CCRC addresses the land manager's question "What can I do about climate change?" by providing information about climate change impacts on forests and other ecosystems, and approaches to adaptation and mitigation in forests and grasslands. The website compiles and creates educational resources, climate change and carbon tools, video presentations, literature, and briefings on management-relevant topics, ranging from basic climate change information to details on specific management responses. The CCRC is a joint effort of the US Forest Service Office of the Climate Change Advisor and US Forest Service Research and Development.

 

International Soil Carbon Network

The International Soil Carbon Network (ISCN) is a community effort to improve understanding of carbon dynamics in soils, including the spatial and temporal distribution and stability of carbon forms. The ISCN creates opportunities for collaboration, promotes leveraging of scientific infrastructure and investment, and facilitates sharing of data, ideas, study sites and samples. The ISCN coordinates independent soil research and monitoring efforts in the United States and internationally. ISCN members contribute to a community-driven soil carbon database and use available data to prepare scientific papers and large-scale syntheses.

Radiocarbon Collaborative

The Radiocarbon Collaborative is jointly supported by the US Forest Service, the Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry at Lawrence Livermore National Lab (CAMS, LLNL), and Michigan Technological University (MTU). The Collaborative is dedicated to advancing climate change and carbon cycle science through the use of leading-edge scientific technology and effective information delivery. The main goal of the Collaborative is to increase the accessibility of radiocarbon analysis to earth system scientists and offer assistance in radiocarbon data interpretation and manuscript preparation. Data produced by the Radiocarbon Collaborative is made publicly available through the International Soil Carbon Network, within an online database dedicated to fostering greater collaboration among researchers.

Carbon Water and Soils Lab

NIACS offers researchers access to world-class natural-abundance 14C analysis through a partnership between Michigan Technological University, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, USDA Forest Service, and Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Located in Houghton, the Carbon, Water and Soils Laboratory fills a niche, both at MTU and in the global research community, enabling accessible 14C analysis to MTU researchers and external collaborators. As a member of the Radiocarbon Collaborative, all data collected from this research facility is entered into the International Soil Carbon Network database.