Southeast Climate Consortium 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
- To develop an improved understanding of seasonal climate
variability and climate predictability at local to regional scales
across the Southeastern USA.
- To characterize the contributions of climate variability to
risks in management of agricultural, forestry, and water resources.
- To develop information and decision aids
based on the use of seasonal climate forecasts, historical climate
data, and other climate analyses that help decision-makers identify
management options to reduce risk and increase profits while sustaining
the ecosystems of the Southeast USA.
- To design and implement appropriate
vehicles for disseminating climate and decision support information,
including an Internet-based learning and decision support system.
- To develop partnerships needed to build socially equitable
extension and outreach programs for farmers, forest managers, water
resource managers, homeowners, and policy makers to enhance users'
familiarity with these new seasonal climate forecasts and decision aids
and to provide mechanisms for users to give feedback to researchers.