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Thursday, February 6, 2014

USDA Climate Hubs

In a remarkable display of government inefficiency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to launch a network of regional "climate hubs" to deliver information on climate variability and change to land managers. So we appear to be moving toward a future where every U.S. agency has its own network for sectoral climate services. The U.S. Department of the Interior launched its network of Climate Science Centers in 2010, and of course, NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program has been doing this for years. Given the regions are largely consistent from one network to another, it's inconceivable that greater efficiencies couldn't be realized through more coordinated efforts. That said, at least there is some evidence that different centers share common hosts. North Carolina State University, for example, which already hosts a DOI center will also host one of the USDA hubs through a U.S. Forest Service research center on its Centennial Campus.

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