Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences

Our interactions and activities in the Framework: 

The  Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences unit of the US Forest Service Northern Research Station has the mission to develop and provide the basic science, quantitative methods, and technology needed to make decisions about forest ecosystems and the atmosphere related to climate change, fire, and carbon. This unit is the Northern Research Station home of the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS). NIACS is a multi-institutional partnership that provides information and resources related to forest management for climate change adaptation, enhanced carbon sequestration, and sustainable production of bioenergy and materials. 

Our broader climate change activities and perspectives: 

The Climate, Fire, and Carbon Cycle Sciences unit engages a wide variety of research activities. Through this research, we:

  • Provide new information on the effects of atmosphere-ecosystem interactions on ecosystem processes and functions.
  • Develop new predictive fire-fuel-atmosphere interaction tools and models that can be incorporated into the next-generation physics-based fire modeling and global fire danger assessment systems.
  • Assess sensitivity of forest ecosystems, markets, and forest-based communities to climate change.
  • Determine how to adapt forest management to climate change-related needs (e.g., carbon storage and the production of wood for biomass energy) while preserving ecosystem services.
  • Monitor and map forest resources and maintain databases useful for climate impact assessment and greenhouse gas mitigation (e.g., forest carbon storage, and biomass energy feedstocks).
  • Provide knowledge, improve awareness, educate, and inform policy on climate change and fire related threats to forests and people.
  • Provide information and tools to aid in the development of policies and management strategies.

The unit is also the home of several other research programs and efforts. These include the Northern Research Station’s Climate Change Research Program, the Eastern Area Modeling Consortium, the North American Carbon Program, the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and the Silas Little Experimental Forest