Climate Adaptation Science Centers


From the expansion of invasive species to wildfire, from drought to sea-level rise, climate change creates new and evolving challenges for ecosystems across the nation. The USGS National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) is a partnership-driven program that teams scientific researchers with natural and cultural resource managers and local communities to help fish, wildlife, waters, and lands across the country adapt to changing conditions.

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Our network is comprised of the National CASC and nine regional CASCs, covering the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and the U.S. Caribbean.

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Date published: November 29, 2021

CreelCat Database: Development, Applications, and Opportunities

In a new article in Fisheries Magazine, National CASC researchers and co-authors introduce the U.S. Inland Creel and Angler Survey Catalog (CreelCat), a first-of-its-kind, publicly available national database of angler survey data that establishes a baseline of national inland recreational fishing metrics, and highlight its research and management applications. 

Date published: November 23, 2021

Friday's Findings - December 3 2021

Climate Change Refugia for Landscape Conservation

Date: December 3, 2021, from 2-2:30 p.m. eastern time

Speaker: Toni Lyn Morelli, Research Ecologist, USGS Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center


Date published: November 17, 2021

How Can Managers Respond to Changing Ecosystems? New BioScience Special Section Provides In-Depth Exposition of the Resist-Accept-Direct Framework

A new Special Section in the journal BioScience provides an in-depth exposition of the Resist-Accept-Direct framework, a new approach to guide natural resource decision making. Articles in the Special Section explore the practical application of the framework, compatibility of existing tools, social barriers and opportunities, and future science needs. 


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A new approach for representing agent-environment feedbacks: Coupled agent-based and state-and-transition simulation models

ContextAgent-based models (ABMs) and state-and-transition simulation models (STSMs) have proven useful for understanding processes underlying social-ecological systems and evaluating practical questions about how systems might respond to different scenarios. ABMs can simulate a variety of agents (autonomous units, such as wildlife or people);...

Miller, Brian W.; Frid, Leonardo

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Aquatic foods to nourish nations

Despite contributing to healthy diets for billions of people, aquatic foods are often undervalued as a nutritional solution because their diversity is often reduced to the protein and energy value of a single food type (‘seafood’ or ‘fish’)1,2,3,4. Here we create a cohesive model that unites terrestrial foods with nearly 3,000 taxa of aquatic...

Golden, Christopher D.; Koehn, J. Zachary; Shepon, Alon; Passarelli, Simone; Free, Christopher M.; Viana, Daniel; Matthey, Holger; Eurich, Jacob G.; Gephart, Jessica A.; Fluet-Chouinard, Etienne; Nyboer, Elizabeth A.; Lynch, Abigail; Kjellevold, Marian; Bromage, Sabri; Charlebois, Pierre; Barange, Manuel; Vannuccini, Stefania; Cao, Ling; Kleisner, Kristin; Rimm, Eric; Danaei, Goodarz; DeDisto, Camille; Kelahan, Heather; Fiorella, Kathryn J.; Little, David C.; Allison, Edward H.; Fanzo, Jessica; Thilsted, Shakuntala H.

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A new approach to evaluate and reduce uncertainty of model-based biodiversity projections for conservation policy formulation

Biodiversity projections with uncertainty estimates under different climate, land-use, and policy scenarios are essential to setting and achieving international targets to mitigate biodiversity loss. Evaluating and improving biodiversity predictions to better inform policy decisions remains a central conservation goal and challenge. A...

Myers, Bonnie; Weiskopf, Sarah R.; Ferrier, Simon; Weng, Ensheng; Casey, Kimberly Ann; Harfoot, Michael; Jackson, Stephen; Leidner, Allison K.; Lenton, Timothy M; Luikart, Gordon; Matsuda, Hiroyuki; Pettorelli, Nathalie; Rosa, Isabel MD; Ruane, Alexander C; Senay, Gabriel B.; Serbin, Shawn P; Tittensor, Derek P; Shiklomanov, Alexey N; Beard, T. Douglas