The Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS) was established in 2013 to advise the Secretary of the Interior on the operations of the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center and the Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (renamed in 2018 as the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers).
ACCCNRS was composed of 25 members that represented (1) State and local governments, including state membership entities; (2) Nongovernmental organizations, including those whose primary mission is professional and scientific and those whose primary mission is conservation and related scientific and advocacy activities; (3) American Indian tribes and other Native American entities; (4) Academia; (5) Landowners, businesses, and organizations representing landowners or businesses. All ACCCNRS meetings were open to the public. Interested members of the public were able to present, either orally or through written comments, information for the Committee to consider during the public meetings.
In 2015, ACCCNRS released its 2015 Report to the Secretary of the Interior. The report recognizes USGS and DOI for achieving significant accomplishments with the Climate Science Center program and provides several recommendations to clarify, focus, and enhance the program's efforts. This report includes an Actionable Science How-To Guide for Scientists, Managers and Funders & executive summaries of a Guidebook for Traditional Knowledges, and a Primer for Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples.
The following ACCCNRS reports can be downloaded below: