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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: May 5, 2021

Fish Rescue Programs as a Climate Adaptation Strategy for Vulnerable Coho Salmon

Northwest CASC-supported researchers have produced an application that evaluates a strategy to help the endangered Coho salmon adapt to drought.

Date published: May 5, 2021

New Indicator Framework Emphasizes Importance of Ecological and Social Factors to Rangelands and Pastures

Scientists funded in part by the North Central CASC recently developed a framework of ecological, demographic, and economic indicators to help managers and researchers explore the effects of climate and land use changes on rangelands and pastures in a socio-ecological context.

Date published: May 5, 2021

Identifying the Effects of Climate and Land Use Change on Snowshoe Hare in the Midwest

Midwest CASC-supported researchers found that maintaining forests with dense understory (e.g. aspen-alder) habitat and connectivity may help snowshoe hare populations in central Wisconsin persist through land use and climate change.

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Year Published: 2021

How does climate change affect emergent properties of aquatic ecosystems?

Emergent properties of ecosystems are community attributes, such as structure and function, that arise from connections and interactions (e.g., predator–prey, competition) among populations, species, or assemblages that, when viewed together, provide a holistic representation that is more than the sum of its individual parts. Climate change is...

Staudinger, Michelle; Lynch, Abigail; Gaichas, Sarah; Fox, Michael; Gibson-Reinemer, Daniel; Langan, Joseph; Teffer, Amy K.; Thackeray, Stephen; Winfield, Ian

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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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Assessing the impact of an online climate science community: The Early Career Climate Forum

Online science communities can serve as powerful platforms for advancing scientific knowledge, capacity, and outreach by increasing collaboration and information sharing among geographically distant peers, practitioners, and the public. Here, we examine the value and role of the Early Career Climate Forum (ECCF), a climate-focused online science...

Guckian, Meaghan; Markowitz, Ezra; Tucker, Clay; Kiekebusch, Elsita; Klemm, Toni; Middleton, Lindsey; Wootten, Adrienne; Staudinger, Michelle