The RISCC management networks reduce the joint effects of climate change and invasive species by synthesizing relevant science, sharing the needs and knowledge of managers, building stronger scientists-manager communities, and conducting priority research. 

Why Southeast RISCC?

The Southeast is particularly important because many potential invasions are currently suppressed by  cooler climates. As the climate changes, the Southeast many serve as possible source of invasion towards other RISCC regions. The diverse landscape, ranging from the Appalachian Mountains to the coastal plains, provide a variety of landscape for potential invaders. The coastline, which encompasses much of the Gulf of Mexico and the US Atlantic Coast, is also a source of significant climate-related change and a point of entry for invasive species. 

Average temperatures have already increased by about 2°F since 1970 and are projected to increase by 4°F to 8°F by 2100. Seeing this, SE RISCC is working to improve invasive species management in the face of climate change. 

Southeast RISCC Goals & Research

Our goal is to improve invasive species management in the face of climate change. To achieve this goal, we must:

  • Identify information needs for invasive species management
  • Develop a strategy to address these needs via information sharing and research

To asses theses needs, we’d like your feedback! The results from these surveys will inform the activities of the SE RISCC Network.  


Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center 2022 Regional Science Symposium

September 19-21, 2022 in Gulf Shores, AL 

SE RISCC Webinar Series - Third Thursday @ 1pm EST

  • Aug 18, 2022 – Katherine Smith (USGS), Center Director for Northeast CASC & Southeast CASC
  • Sep 15, 2022 – Jay Ferrell (Univ. of Florida) – Strategies for addressing the impact of invasive plants
  • Oct 20, 2022 – Stas Burgiel (NISC) – Overview of the National Invasive Species Council’s goals and strategies
  • Nov 17, 2022 – Dave Coyle (Clemson Univ.) – Invasive species, forest and tree health, and management
  • Jan 19, 2022 – Mike Osland (USGS) – Invasive plants and climate change in the SE USA

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