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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 18, 2021

Project Spotlight: Southeast CASC Project Contributes to Successful Barrier Island Restoration

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Congress directed the Mobile District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair Mississippi barrier islands as a first line of defense against future storms. Nearly a decade later, the Southeast CASC celebrates its involvement in the recent completion of one of the largest civil works projects in the District’s history: the restoration of Ship Island,...

Date published: May 17, 2021

Southwest CASC Jointly Founds New Community of Practice for Fire and Climate Adaptation

The Southwest CASC and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium jointly initiated the Southwest Fire and Climate Adaptation Partnership (SWFireCAP), an open and inclusive group of partners working to develop co-produced strategies for managing wildfires in the Southwest in light of climate change.

Date published: May 17, 2021

Data Spotlight: Diving into the Fish and Climate Change Database (FiCli)

National CASC researchers and colleagues have developed the Fish and Climate Change Database (FiCli) as a searchable directory of peer-reviewed journal articles on fish and climate change to support climate adaptation and management for freshwater fisheries worldwide.

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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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Year Published: 2021

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