The range of expertise needed to support NCDC is broad and varied. It ranges from basic and applied research on the natural climate system, to couples with the societal forcing, social science and policy research, to policy options, and to stakeholder engagement and communication with the body politic. It is clear that no one insitution or even a small number of institutions can provide all the needed academic expertise required. So, NCICS is determined to meld a national partnership built on two regional partners, the University of Maryland — College Park and North Carolina State University — Raleigh. Each of these institutions serves as a host institution for their respective system.



University of North Carolina

NCICS' University of North Carolina partners are as varied as the national partners.

UNC System Map

The UNC system consists of 17 campuses, of which 16 grant baccalaureate degrees (see figure). Geographically, the system is well spread over the state, and there exist many opportunities to synergize the different competitive research and education programs within each institution. No single component of the University of North Carolina system currently offers the range of capabilities required by NOAA for CICS-NC. In particular, NOAA/NCDC requires that the CICS-NC be located in Asheville for logistical reasons and at the same time be strongly linked to an academic institution offering graduate degrees in relevant fields. As an inter-institutional institute of UNC administered by NC State University and located in Asheville, the CICS-NC satisfies these requirements in a way not possible with pre-existing structures and facilities in North Carolina. The table below provides a summary of current institutional expertise in the UNC system.

Existing UNC Institutional Expertise in Climate Sciences

Institution Specialities
Appalachian State Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics, Paleoclimatology, Economic Impacts of Climate Change
Center for Marine Sciences and Technology Impacts of climate change in and on coastal systems, ocean observing system technologies; marine ecological responses to climate change and coastal engineering
Coastal Studies Institute Ecological impacts of climate change in coastal systems, ocean observing systems; environmental responses to climate change; ocean color remote sensing and bio-optics; coastal engineering, maritime archeology and economic assessments related to adaptation strategies
East Carolina University Inter-seasonal Variability and Climate, Paleo-climatology, Coastal Geological Systems and Climate
Elizabeth City State University Coastal habitat conservation/restoration, outreach to under-served communities, Center for Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER)
Marine Sciences Institute Coastal inundation, enlightened management of the coastal environment development and application of new observing technologies to field and laboratory science, and, with the Institute of the Environment investigation of research topics in risk analysis, ecosystem health, water quality, fisheries management, public policy and decision making, biodiversity and environmental law
North Carolina A&T State University Environmental Remote Sensing, in situ sensor technology, outreach to under-served communities, Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center (ISETCSC)
North Carolina Arboretum Regional impacts of climate change on flora, plant adaptation to climate variations, a medicinal germplasm collection, outreach to the K-20 communities, and, with the Bent Creek Institute, a focus on translating research into sustainable economic investments
North Carolina State University Statistical aspects of Climatological Data, Climate Change and Sociological Consequences, Coastal Processes and Climate Change, Paleomicrobiology, Paleontology, State of NC Climate Office, Resource Economics, Paleo-geochemistry, Climate and Severe Storms, Climate and Agriculture, Climate and Fisheries, Climate Dynamics and Modeling, Weather, Public Education and Climate
Renaissance Computing Institute Advanced technologies to address the simulation of weather, Earth system behaviour and climate change and their impacts on societal systems, the development of end-to-end systems to address adaptation responses to weather and climate impacts, the development of new database paradigms for the management of and access to very large scale databases, new approaches to group and stakeholder collaboration, and the development of new methods for visualization of both environmental and risk assessments.
UNC — Asheville Climate and Society, Climate Change and Food Supply, Climate and Social Justice, Air Quality and Climate
UNC — Chapel Hill Regional Climate Center, Climatological Statistics, Applied Climatology and Geography, and the Institute of the Environment that does research in risk analysis, public policy and decision making, and environmental law
UNC — Charlotte Geography and Applied Climatology
UNC — Greensboro Energy and Climate
UNC — Wilmington Polar Ecosystems and Climate Change, Applied Climatology and Hydrology, sea-level rise, shoreline morphological change, coastal change and impacts modeling, ocean acidification, economic impacts of climate change, regional and global circulation modeling
Western Carolina University Coastal Geomorphology and Climate