Who We Are

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., Hawai'i, the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and the U.S. Caribbean.

How We Operate

The regional CASCs produce and deliver science on annual and long-term priorities based on local and regional information needs. These CASCs are federal-university partnerships; for each CASC, a university, selected through a competitive award process, serves as the host institution, and additional university or non-university institutions serve as regional consortium members.

The National CASC (NCASC), based at USGS headquarters in Reston, Virginia, serves as the national office for the CASC network. NCASC provides leadership and guidance on administration, partnerships, information management, and communications. In addition to its management capacities, NCASC conducts research on cross-regional and national science priorities.

Map showing the boundaries of the 8 Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) and the university consortium members

Our Stakeholders and Partners

The collective expertise of resource managers and scientists is required to meet today's natural and cultural resource challenges. It is a fundamental practice of the CASC network to engage our partners and stakeholders to identify priority issues, develop research plans, and produce useful science information products. Our partners and stakeholders include resource managers with federal agencies, state agencies, tribes, indigenous communities, and nongovernmental organizations. Sustained engagement between scientists and resource managers is a key aspect of our strategy for discerning management challenges and identifying science information needs.