The Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, multi-state team conducting diverse activities to engage stakeholders and provide timely, relevant and reliable products and information to help manage their climate-related risks.

Leadership

Coordinator

  • Shelby Krantz (UF)

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Senthold Asseng (UF)
  • Puneet Srivastava (AU)
  • George Vellidis (UGA)
  • Vasu Misra (FSU)
  • Wendy-Lin Bartels (UF)

Executive Committee

  • Senthold Asseng (UF)
  • Clyde Fraisse (UF)
  • Vasu Misra (FSU)
  • Jim O’Brien (FSU)
  • Dave Letson (UM)
  • George Vellidis (UGA)
  • Puneet Srivastava (AU)
  • John Christy (UAH)
  • Scott Templeton (CU)
  • Gail Wilkerson (NCSU)
  • Ryan Boyles (NCSU)

Mission

The mission of the SECC is to improve climate risk management through advances in education, information technology, outreach, and decision-support:

  • To improve the understanding of decision contexts for using climate variability and change information within water, land and coastal systems by considering their integrated linkages.
  • To develop actionable knowledge for decision support through interdisciplinary research in close collaboration with stakeholders and policy makers.
  • To maintain diverse and flexible networks of scientists, including leveraging existing organizations such as Extension and stakeholder groups in the SE US.
  • To explore the role of innovative science-practice networks as incubators for the collaborative development of tools and adaptation options that enhance the use of climate science in decision-making.
  • To experiment with new approaches for connecting science, science-outreach and science-stakeholder interactions by exploring and expanding established communication pathways and new social media.

 

Objectives

The goal of the SECC is to develop a climate information and decision support system for the Southeastern USA that will contribute to an improved quality of life, increased profitability, decreased economic risks, and more ecologically sustainable management of agriculture, forestry, and water resources. Toward this goal we have established the following objectives:

  1. To use learning networks as venues for collaborative and integrated research and practice and as test beds for shared learning of integrated social and biophysical knowledge on adaptation.
  2. To sustain community interactions and continually-refine methods of co-learning and co-developing tools.
  3. To better understand the causes and impact of the “warming hole” in the SE US on water, agricultural and coastal sectors in the past and in the future.
  4. To explore the impact of climate extremes on water, agricultural and coastal sectors and adaptation option to those extremes.
  5. To develop socio-economic pathways with stakeholder groups as the foundation for an integrated assessment of climate change impacts and adaptation options for the SE US.
  6. To develop new climate-related decision support tools for water and coastal communities based on cumulative learning within AgroClimate.

Structure

The Southeast Climate Consortium (SECC) is a collaboration of the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Miami, University of Georgia, Auburn University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, Clemson University, and North Carolina State University funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Much of SECC’s activities stem from NOAA’s funding, which falls under the RISA program. SECC is one of eleven Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISAs), which comprise a national network focused on adaptation to climate change and variability.

The SECC consists of a series of relationships between research areas, adaptation sectors, and application sciences. The areas of science research include climate, water, agriculture, coastal, and socio-economic. Within these, co-learning with stakeholders takes place to develop research that can lead to better management and better stakeholder engagement (Fruit/Vegetable Group, Row Crop Group, Future Pathways, Water Group). Through co-learning, engagement of stakeholders, and research, the SECC develops decision management and learning tools (AgroClimate, SEWater Climate & smartphone apps). Through this website, you can explore the different activities going on within each of these sectors to get a better idea of how the SECC is structured. Untitled

Support

The Southeast Climate Consortium receives support for its projects, research, and activities from the governmental programs and agencies shown below.

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