Piedmont South Atlantic Coast CESU -- Potential changes to ecosystem services and precipitation extremes

Funding Agency:
Department of the Interior

US Geological Survey is offering a funding opportunity to a CESU partner for research on the potential changes to ecosystem services and precipitation extremes in the Southeastern United States under a changing climate. 

The overall objectives of this research effort are to examine and quantify the potential effects of climate change on drought and water quality through the 21st century, particularly within the Southeastern United States (defined here as the region coincident with the Department of Interior (DOI) Southeast Climate Science Center (SE CSC)). Specifically, the research to be conducted will address the following objectives:

a.Work with Landscape Conservation Cooperatives in the Southeastern United States and EPA Program Offices and Regions to define and understand priority management concerns that are connected to regional climate projections, including concerns where uncertainty in climate projections is an important consideration;

b.Quantify and characterize sources of uncertainty in regional climate model projections for the Southeastern United States. This includes examining model output and conducting new modeling experiments as necessary to explore parametric and structural uncertainties.

c.Examine impacts of potential climate change on drought and water quality in the Southeastern United States;

d.Conduct exploratory analysis of potential changes to intensity-duration-frequency curves under climate change scenarios for selected locations in the Southeastern United States;

e.Develop generalizable approaches for distilling information from regional climate data attributes (strengths, weaknesses, appropriateness for applications, etc.) to stakeholders, i.e., how to choose the best source(s) of data to address environmental planning/ and decision problems.

Deadline: Feb. 21, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

This financial assistance opportunity is being issued under a Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program.  CESU’s are partnerships that provide research, technical assistance, and education.  Eligible recipients must be a participating partner of the Piedmont, South Atlantic Coast Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Program.




Amount Description

It is anticipated that one award will be made with a period of performance of 5 years beginning in FY 2017.   The total estimated funding for this project is $311,484.89. There will be no additional funding allocated after FY2017.

Funding Type





Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

February 21, 2017