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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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The CASCs fund scientific projects that generate research, data sets, and tools that natural and cultural resource managers can use to help fish, wildlife, ecosystems, & local communities survive and thrive in a changing climate.

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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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Our bi-weekly Climate Adaptation Insights Newsletter shares our latest news on webinars, events, publications, and other items of interest from the National and Regional CASCs.

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Date published: April 12, 2021

NCASC Student Position: Species Range Shifts

The National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) is seeking a student contractor to assist with a national synthesis of species range shifts in response to climate change.

Date published: April 7, 2021

Development of a Climate Change Vulnerability Map for Bodies of Water in the Midwestern U.S.

The Northeast CASC-funded research, carried out in collaboration with land managers, helps prioritize locations needing support for adaptation planning with a focus on riparian systems. 

Date published: April 7, 2021

Building a Climate-Informed Conservation Strategy for Southern California’s Montane Forests

By building a community of practice among partners across the region, Southwest CASC-funded researchers advance their collective understanding of the vulnerabilities and challenges facing montane forests in Southern California and identify opportunities and strategies for increasing forest resilience. 

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Year Published: 2021

Water reliability in the west -- SECURE Water Act Section 9503(C)

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McGuire, Marketa; Gangopadhyay, Subhrendu; Martin, Justin; Pederson, Gregory T.; Woodhouse, Connie A.; Littell, Jeremy S.
Reclamation (Bureau of Reclamation) 2021. Water Reliability in the West -- SECURE Water Act Section 9503(C). Prepared for the United States Congress. Bureau of Reclamation, Water Resources and Planning Office. Denver, Colorado.

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Year Published: 2021

Connectivity and climate change toolkit

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Climate Adaptation Committee charged a small working group in September of 2019 to develop a toolkit focused on climate-informed landscape connectivity. The purpose is to provide state fish and wildlife agency planners and managers with the information necessary to ensure climate considerations are...

Albright, Whitney; Ament, Rob; Callahan, Renee; Frantz, Mack W.; Grabau, Matthew R. ; Ernest Johnson, Maggie; Jones-Farrand, Todd; Malpeli, Kate; Millmann, Maureen; Muenks, Nathan; Quiñones, Rebecca; Stys, Beth; Tenggardjaja, Kimberly

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Year Published: 2021

Culturally diverse expert teams have yet to bring comprehensive linguistic diversity to intergovernmental ecosystem assessments

Multicultural representation is a stated goal of many global scientific assessment processes. These processes aim to mobilize a broader, more diverse knowledge base and increase legitimacy and inclusiveness of these assessment processes. Often, enhancing cultural diversity is encouraged through involvement of diverse expert teams and sources of...

Lynch, Abigail; Fernandez-Llamazares, Alvaro; Palomo, Ignacio; Jaureguiberry, Pedro; Amano, Tatsuya; Basher, Zeenatul; Lim, Michelle; Mwampamba, Tuyeni H.; Samakov, Aibek; Selomane, Odirilwe