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From the expansion of invasive species to wildfire, from drought to sea-level rise, changes in climate have created new and evolving challenges for our nation’s resource managers and communities. Our science helps managers of fish, wildlife, and ecosystems understand these impacts and strategically adapt to changing conditions. 

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The CASCs develop data and tools that address the informational needs of natural and cultural resource managers. Projects cover topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, & the communities they support.

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Our network is comprised of the National CASC and eight regional CASCs, covering the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Learn more about each CASC here.

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Our Climate Adaptation Insights Newsletter shares our latest news on webinars, events, publications, funding opportunities, and other items of interest from the National and Regional CASCs. Updates are sent out every two weeks.

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Date published: January 8, 2021

NCASC Postdoctoral Research Position for Recreational Angling Project

A National CASC supported project to analyze creel program data is accepting applications for a research assistantship position in Louisiana State University’s (LSU) Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) that will start in spring 2021.

Date published: January 6, 2021

Reflections on the USGS Powell Expedition

The Pacific Islands CASC Science Coordinator Heather Kerkering participated in the 2019 USGS Powell Expedition and shares her reflections on that experience in a new USGS publication and video documentary of the trip.

Date published: January 4, 2021

”Drought Seesaw” Affects Post-Fire Forest Recovery Across West

The Northwest CASC recently highlighted a new high-profile study on the effects of recurring droughts on Ponderosa Pine recovery after wildfires across the western United States.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Is there enough water? How bearish and bullish outlooks are linked to decision-maker perspectives on environmental flows

Policies that mandate environmental flows (e-flows) can be powerful tools for freshwater conservation, but implementation of these policies faces many hurdles. To better understand these challenges, we explored two key questions: (1) What additional data are needed to implement e-flows? and (2) What are the major socio-political barriers to...

Wineland, Sean M.; Fovargue, Rachel; York, Betsey; Lynch, Abigail; Paukert, Craig; Neeson, Thomas M.

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Year Published: 2020

Managing for a changing climate: A bended interdisciplinary climate course

We developed a blended (or hybrid) interactive course—Managing for a Changing Climate—that provides a holistic view of climate change. The course results from communication with university students and natural and cultural resource managers as well as the need for educational efforts aimed at the public, legislators, and decision-makers. Content...

Martin, Elinor; McPherson, Renee; Kuster, Emma; Bamzai, Aparna

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Year Published: 2020

Research priorities for migratory birds under climate change—A qualitative value of information assessment

The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Adaptation Science Center is to provide actionable, management-relevant research on climate change effects on ecosystems and wildlife to U.S. Department of the Interior bureaus. Providing this kind of useful scientific information requires understanding how natural-resource managers make...

Rubenstein, Madeleine A.; Rushing, Clark S.; Lyons, James E.; Runge, Michael C.
Rubenstein, M.A., Rushing, C.S., Lyons, J.E., and Runge, M.C., 2020, Research priorities for migratory birds under climate change—A qualitative value of information assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1472, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1472.