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The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a web-based, national resource that connects land managers and decisionmakers with useable science to address climate change in planning and application. The climate changes happening now and those expected before the end of the 21st century have serious implications for ecosystems and the benefits they provide. Fortunately, land managers can do much to promote adaptation to climate change and encourage reduction of human effects on climate. 

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 potential adaptation and mitigation strategies. 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 Forest Service Office of the Climate Change Advisor and Forest Service Research and Development.

Production Team

CCRC production team

The CCRC Production Team: Back row, left to right: Chris Swanston (NRS), Andy Alm (METI/PNW), Cindy Miner (PNW), Kailey Marcinkowski (NIACS), Stephanie Worley-Firley (EFETAC), Sarah Hines (RMRS), Kristen Schmitt (NIACS). Front row, left to right: Jessica Halofsky (University of Washington), Cathy Dowd (WO), Rhonda Mazza (PNW), Perdita Spriggs (EFETAC).

Climate Change Resource Center Review Process

To ensure the quality and scientific credibility of the information provided on the Climate Change Resource Center website, the production team uses a tiered review process.  For minor to moderate changes of site content (e.g., addition or deletion of a single resource or tool), review is conducted internally by the production team.  Content is reviewed for both technical merit and appropriateness from a policy perspective.  In determining whether content is acceptable, the production team considers whether the material has been previously published and peer-reviewed, and the credibility of the information source.         

Peer-review of original scientific content

For more substantial changes in site content, including addition of any original (not previously published) content such as topic pages, the science editor administers an external double-blind peer-review, followed by a production team editorial review.  Peer-review is conducted by at least two scientists, at least one from outside of the Forest Service.  Reviewers are given information on what the expectations are for the content and the review.  Authors must respond to each reviewer comment and revise the content accordingly.  Failure to adequately address reviewer comments leads to another revision or omission of the material from the CCRC.  Final decisions regarding publication of content on the website rest with the CCRC co-chairs.  The entire external peer-review process is documented in detail.

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