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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

2018 Award Winners

recipients of awards in 2018

National Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

Maria Janowiak received the 2018 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources from the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and other partners. She is being recognized in the “Individual Achievement” category for her leadership and success in helping natural resource professionals in the Midwest and Northeast understand and adapt to climate change.

SAF Young Forester Leadership Award

Courtney Peterson received the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Young Forester Leadership Award, which is given for outstanding leadership by a young forestry professional. Courtney served as the 2017 SAF Longs Peak Chapter Secretary & Treasurer, as the CO/WY SAF Education Committee Chair, and on the national leadership advisory workgroup.

Great Lake Regional Adaptation Leadership Award

Chris Swanston is the winner of the 2018 Great Lakes Regional Adaptation Leadership Award. As the director of NIACS, Chris has advanced the organization by being a tireless champion for the idea of a climate service organization that bridges the gap between the scientific and management communities.

"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

2018 Fast Facts

66 Radiocarbon Collaborative supported ecosystem projects since 2011

more than 3000 soil samples in the NSF-funded UMBS long-term sample archive

4.2 Million views on the climate change atlas web page in the past 5 years