Climate Adaptation Science Centers


The mission of the Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) is to deliver science to help wildlife, ecosystems, and people adapt to a changing climate. We work directly with land managers, native communities, and other partners to create research and tools that can be applied directly to adaptation decisions. Our network is comprised of nine regional CASCs and one National CASC. 

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The mission of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) is to deliver science to help fish, wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. The domain of the CASC network covers the entire continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and the U.S. Caribbean. 

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The National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) was established by Congress in 2008. The NCASC, and the nine regional CASCs established over the next 13 years, are tasked with providing science to help managers of the country's fish and wildlife resources adapt to climate change.  

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Each CASC is a collaborative arrangement between the USGS National CASC and a regional host university. Each CASC is reviewed on an annual basis, and a larger review is undertaken at the conclusion of each 5-year agreement. These requirements help ensure appropriate oversight of public resources and support USGS decisions regarding annual funding for and selection of new host institutions.