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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 eight 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, funding opportunities, and other items of interest from the National and Regional CASCs.

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Date published: February 25, 2021

Funding Opportunity: CASCs Now Accepting FY 2022 Statements of Interest

The regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) are excited to announce a funding opportunity for FY 2022. The regional CASCs plan to award nearly $10 million for scientific research to address high-priority natural or cultural resource management issues that can benefit from climate-informed planning and adaptation management.

Date published: February 24, 2021

New Oyster Reef Model to Support Restoration Decision Making

The Southeast CASC recently posted an article discussing a new publication, co-authored by USGS scientists, that examines the self-organization process of oyster reef systems.  

Date published: February 24, 2021

New Study Indicates How Intergovernmental Ecosystem Assessments Could Better Integrate Non-English-Language Literature

In a newly-published article, National CASC scientist Abigail Lynch and co-authors present actionable steps for global science teams to recognize and incorporate non-English-language literature and contributors. 

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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

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Tectonic and magmatic controls on the metallogenesis of porphyry deposits in Alaska

Porphyry Cu and Mo deposits and occurrences are found throughout Alaska; they formed episodically during repeated subduction and arc-continent collisions spanning the Silurian to Quaternary. Porphyry systems occur in continental-margin and island arcs, which are broadly grouped into pre-accretionary or post-accretionary arcs. Pre-Mesozoic...

Kreiner, Douglas C.; Jones, James V.; Kelley, Karen D.; Graham, Garth E.

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Year Published: 2021

Integrated hierarchical models to inform management of transitional habitat and the recovery of a habitat specialist

Quantifying the contribution of habitat dynamics relative to intrinsic population processes in regulating species persistence remains an ongoing challenge in ecological and applied conservation. Understanding these drivers and their relationship is essential for managing habitat‐dependent species, especially those that specialize in transitional...

Eaton, Mitchell; Breininger, David; Nichols, James D.; Fackler, Paul; McGee, Samantha; Smurl, Michelle; DeMeyer, David; Baker, Jonny; Zondervan, Maria B.