Need information on climate science and what climate variability means for agriculture and communities? We’re here to help.

The North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) is made up of Extension professionals from across the region who are working to increase the flow and usability of climate information for Extension, farmers, natural resource managers, and communities. The team is working to increase the adoption of climate-smart practices, improving water management, while maintaining profitability.

Upcoming Webinar:

Understanding Climate Adaptation Decisions in the Eastern Corn Belt
Monday, February 22, 2021 – Register Here

Climate change across the eastern Corn Belt Region (ECBR) is projected to bring higher temperatures, more variable and extreme levels of precipitation, and longer growing seasons. While these possibilities imply opportunity for increased production in the ECBR, managing change sustainably is increasingly challenging. We are engaged in research that will elevate the capacity of decision-makers in the ECBR to adapt to a variable climate. Our approach is to identify how changing seasonal and extreme precipitation patterns induce changes in land use and management patterns driven by heterogeneous farmer adaptations. To assess multiple goals related to agricultural production, conservation, and societal well-being, we are building an integrated set of models of the climate system, regional economy, and agroecological outcomes and use this to evaluate policies and programs by projecting their impacts on the sustainability and resilience of this regional agroecosystem under varying futures. Join us as we discuss the on-going progress of this project. For more information, including project and team descriptions, video overviews, and outcomes, please visit Agroecosystem Resilience Project.

Featured Speakers:



Robyn Wilson (PI) – Professor of Risk Analysis and Decision Science, School of Environment and Natural Resources, CFAES, The Ohio State University, President of the Society for Risk Analysis






Aaron Wilson (Co-PI) – Atmospheric Research Scientist, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, OSU Extension, CFAES, The Ohio State University, State Climate Office of Ohio, NC3 Ohio Lead



New Resource:

NC3 has developed the first in a series of state-based climate summaries overviewing the 4th National Climate Assessment Volume II: Impacts, Risks and Adaption in the United States.

The state summaries have a section for each of the sections int he 4th National Climate Assessment and are intended to provide an easy-to-understand state-level update on climate impacts and risks. The first state climate summary to be released focuses on Nebraska and has sections dedicated to Water, Agriculture, Recreation and Tourism, Energy, and Indigenous Peoples. Each section is designed separately so the summary can be used as a whole or as an individual section.

Stay tuned, more state climate summaries are coming soon!