Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals

The vision, mission, and strategic goals are established by the DCDC Co‐Directors and Executive Committee in consultation with the External Advisory Committee with guidance from the National Science Foundation. The vision, mission, and strategic goals establish priority objectives for core research, education, and outreach activities. This plan is implemented by internal leadership groups – faculty, students, and staff ‐ and success is measured by metrics that track progress and accountability.

DCDC II Vision

DCDC II is an interdisciplinary research center advancing knowledge, education, and community outreach for urban climate adaptation. Within the Center’s activities:

  1. Research, learning and outreach are synergistic activities that feed upon and reinforcing one another.
  2. Discovery occurs at the intersection of basic and applied research where new strategies are found to address real‐world societal problems.
  3. New data collection and analysis is adequately mixed with synthetic discoveries based on integrating existing data, models, and knowledge.
  4. Problem solving is adaptive and reflexive, building upon past experiences and lessons learned in other centers engaged in the newly evolving field urban climate adaptation.
  5. Emphasis is placed on feedbacks and nonlinearities that produce unintended consequences and reveal hidden vulnerabilities in complex urban resource systems.
  6. Scenarios, simulation modeling, and principles of decision making under uncertainty build capacity to anticipate the future.

DCDC II Mission

  1. Develop new understandings of how complex urban systems will function in a changing climate.
  2. Translate climate modeling and research into tools for managing complex urban systems in the face of climate change and other environmental risks.
  3. Build a boundary organization in which science is informed by and informs policy and decision making.
  4. Develop and implement learning opportunities at the boundary of science and policy for students interested in urban climate adaptation.
  5. Communicate the need for urban climate adaptation to decision makers and larger public audiences.

DCDC II Strategic Goals

  1. Advance fundamental knowledge about critical linkages and feedbacks in urban resource systems.
  2. Apply the principles of decision making under uncertainty to water and other environmental decision making.
  3. Identify critical tradeoffs inherent in managing urban systems in the face of a changing climate.
  4. Establish best practices for developing, implementing and disseminating the concept of a boundary organization.
  5. Mentor the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists skilled in linking knowledge to action.

Strategic Plan, Project Summary and NSF Reports


  1. DCDC II Strategic Plan 2010-2015
  2. DCDC II Project Summary
  3. 2014 DCDC II Annual Report
  4. 2013 DCDC II Annual Report
  5. 2012 DCDC II Annual Report
  6. 2011 DCDC II Annual Report
    DCDC I

  1. DCDC I Final Report
  2. 2010 DCDC I Annual Report
  3. 2009 DCDC I Annual Report
  4. 2008 DCDC I Annual Report
  5. 2007 DCDC I Annual Report
  6. 2006 DCDC I Annual Report
  7. 2005 DCDC I Annual Report