The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) develops synthesis products, fosters communication, and pursues science in climate change and carbon cycling and management.

The Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) has been designed as a collaborative effort among the Forest Service, universities, conservation organizations, and forest industry to provide information on managing forests for climate change adaptation and enhanced carbon sequestration. As a regional, multi-institutional entity, NIACS builds partnerships, facilitates research, and synthesizes information to bridge the gap between carbon and climate science research and the information and management needs of natural resource professionals, woodland owners, policymakers, and members of the public.

The mission of NIACS is to provide applied ecological, economic, social, and cultural information that can be used in climate adaptation and forest carbon management

NIACS Members Receive Awards - 2021

Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

The NIACS staff teamed up with our partners at the Wildlife Conservation Society to nominate Chris Swanston for the Climate Adaptation Leadership Award from the National Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He received the 2021 Individual Award in recognition of his efforts to develop a wide array of adaptation-focused programs and resources, as well as his leadership in growing NIACS and a new professional specialization.


Ecological Society of America fellow | IUFRO Award of Appreciation

Louis Iverson was elected as an Ecological Society of America Fellow in recognition of his career-long accomplishments, and he received an Award of Appreciation from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) for his longstanding commitment, leadership, and excellent services in landscape ecology. Louis was also highlighted in the Reuters Hot List of 1,000 Climate Scientists.

Society of American Foresters Barrington Moore Memorial Award

Longtime NIACS collaborator Linda Nagel was awarded the 2021 SAF Barrington Moore Memorial Award in Biological Science from the Society of American Foresters. NIACS staff nominated Linda because of her role in helping NIACS develop and deliver climate change-related training to land managers.

"Typical of working with NIACS: You arduously climb over the mountain and down into the valley, proudly thinking how amazing it is that you're the first to ever be there. And then you look up and there's NIACS, camped out and settled in, calling out "Hey Jad, we have some coffee brewing - want a cup?"

- Jad Daley, President and CEO, American Forests