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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 20, 2021

Assessing the Impacts of Future Drought on the Reliability of the Colorado River Water Supply

Southwest CASC researchers worked with water resource managers in the Upper Colorado River Basin to develop a collaborative approach for addressing future drought in the region. 

Date published: April 19, 2021

Preparing for and Managing Invasive Species

Northeast CASC researchers with the Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change (RISCC) management team contributed to a new handout that outlines strategies for managing the combined impacts of pests and climate change on forests.

Date published: April 19, 2021

New Interactive Website: Agroforestry in the Climate of the Marshall Islands

Pacific Islands CASC-supported researchers create a "Green Dashboard" to present Marshallese agricultural producers with climate information that may help them adapt their growing practices to changing climate conditions. 

Publications

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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