Burton Lab NICCR

Midwestern Regional Center of the DOE National Institute for Climatic Change Research (NICCR)


  • The goal of NICCR is to mobilize university researchers, from all regions of the country, in support of climatic change research

  • The National Institute for Climate Change Research (NICCR) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER).  The Midwestern Region supports work in the following states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio.

    The Midwestern Regional Center funds proposals that use a variety of approaches to answer questions relevant to the DOE's climate change research program. These include experiments that manipulate temperature, moisture and other global change factors; studies that seek to understand how the distribution of species and ecosystems might change under future climates; studies that use measurements and modeling to examine current ecosystem fluxes of energy and mass and those that would exist under future conditions; and studies that synthesize existing data sets to improve our understanding of the effects of climatic change on terrestrial ecosystems. In all of these efforts, we specifically seek to identify and quantify responses of terrestrial ecosystems that are not well understood or not well modeled by current efforts. We also seek to better understand and model important feedbacks between terrestrial ecosystems, atmospheric chemistry, and regional and global climate systems

    The broad variety of projects the Midwestern Regional Center supports give us a unique opportunity to greatly improve our ability to predict the future health, composition and function of important agricultural and natural terrestrial ecosystems within the Midwestern Region. Since 2005, the NICCR Midwestern Regional Center has funded 39 climatic change research projects with a total value of more than $7 million. These projects have resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed publications.

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