The GCPO LCC Science Agenda Development Process

To achieve its mission, the GCPOLCC Partnership has adopted Strategic Habitat Conservation (SHC) as an overarching conservation framework and identified specific roles for the Partnership – integration of priorities across resource perspectives and incorporation of future change into current conservation planning.  To serve these roles and make SHC operational in the GCPO region, the Steering Committee established the Adaptation Science Management Team (ASMT).

The ASMT met in Starkville, MS in September 2012 to outline the technical approach for meeting the LCC’s mission.  The Science Agenda is a product of that meeting and subsequent discussions.

Because the LCC enterprise encompasses multiple disciplines, scales, and resource interests, many regard LCC science as a similarly broad enterprise – one that can encompass nearly any question of interest to anyone anywhere.  However, to be effective, the GCPO LCC Partnership recognizes that it must focus its investments on a specific subset of science needs most relevant to achievement of its mission.  Using SHC as a guiding principle, the science needs identified by the LCC Partnership through its ASMT seek to integrate science across disciplines, scales, and resources as well as the different aspects of conservation – planning, delivery, monitoring, and research.  The purpose of this document is to articulate the initial subset of science needs that are the specific priorities of the GCPOLCC Partnership as well as the logic behind their identification.  

Knowledge gaps identified by the Science Agenda will become the focus of the GCPO LCC's first Request for Proposals in spring 2013.

Download current docx version of the GCPO LCC Draft Integrated Science Agenda (ISA) v.4 

The most recent update and list of downloadable documents is available from John Tirpak's May discussion.


A successful first meeting of the ASMT was held September 18-20 at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.  You can access a very brief initial overview of workshop results.  Detailed notes from the meeting are downloadable as a full report or as individual sections:

Full GCPOLCC ASMT Workshop Report

GCPOLCC ASMT Workshop Report - No Appendices

Appendix A - Participants

Appendix B - Agenda

Appendix C - Notes from Full ASMT Group

Appendix D - East Gulf Coastal Plain Breakout Notes

Appendix E - Interior Highland Breakout Notes

Appendix F - Mississippi Alluvial Valley Breakout Notes

Appendix G - West Gulf Coastal Plain Breakout Notes

Appendix H - Gulf Coast Breakout Notes

Appendix I - Poll Responses

A followup conference call with ASMT members was held Nov. 19, 2012.  You can view a recording of the presentation and call.  Notes from the call are available here.  

A recording of the April 4, 2013 ASMT web meeting is available for streaming or fordownload as a .arf file.  Meeting topics included:

1) Discuss the review of conceptual models and desired states for priority habitat types
2) Outline a process for identifying species endpoints associated with our desired states
3) Outline a process for identifying knowledge gaps under our science need themes
4) Process for improving communications with the broader conservation community
The GCPO LCC ASMT met via conference call on January 22, 2014 to discuss 2013 progress and 2014 priorities.  GCPO LCC Science Coordinator John Tirpak gave a presentation that highlighted the numerous ongoing efforts and activities related to science in the GCPO region.  Notes from the meeting are also available.
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