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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: September 29, 2021

Welcome to the New Midwest CASC Host and Consortium!

The Midwest CASC is the ninth and final member to the CASC network. It will be hosted at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities that will lead a consortium of universities and natural resource organizations that are dedicated to advancing science in response to climate change in the Midwest.

Date published: September 29, 2021

Department of the Interior Announces Host for Midwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

WASHINGTON - The Department of the Interior today announced the location of the newest Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC), the ninth and final CASC in the national network dedicated to providing science to help managers of the country's fish and wildlife resources adapt to climate change. 

Date published: September 27, 2021

Comparing Individual Climate Projections Generates Most Divergent Climate Futures Across Different Timescales

A new study by North Central CASC researcher Brian Miller and the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program finds that not all approaches for developing climate futures are equally effective across different time spans.

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Year Published: 2021

Shifting correlations among multiple aspects of weather complicate predicting future demography of a threatened species

Most studies of the ecological effects of climate change consider only a limited number of weather drivers that could affect populations, though we know that multiple weather drivers can simultaneously affect population growth rate. Multiple drivers could simultaneously increase/decrease one vital rate, or one may increase a vital rate while...

Louthan, Allison M; Walters, Jeffrey R.; Terando, Adam; Garcia, Victoria; Morris, William F

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Year Published: 2021

SiteOpt: An open-source R-package for site selection and portfolio optimization

Conservation planning involves identifying and selecting actions to best achieve objectives for managing natural, social and cultural resources. Conservation problems are often high dimensional when specified as combinatorial or portfolio problems and when multiple competing objectives are considered at varying spatial and temporal scales....

Saghand, Payman G; Haider, Zulqarnain; Charkhgard, Hadi; Eaton, Mitchell; Martin, Julien; Yurek, Simeon; Udell, Bradley J.

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Year Published: 2021

Engaging with stakeholders to produce actionable science: A framework and guidance

Natural and cultural resource managers are increasingly working with the scientific community to create information on how best to adapt to the current and projected impacts of climate change. Engaging with these managers is a strategy that researchers can use to ensure that scientific outputs and findings are actionable (or useful and usable). In...

Bamzai, Aparna; Cravens, Amanda E.; Wade, Alisa; McPherson, Renee A.