Climate Adaptation Science Centers

CASC Partnerships with Federal Agencies

Many initiatives developed by the CASC network are in response to the regional priority needs of agencies across the US government. Federal partnerships allow CASC researchers to work with experts with diverse technical expertise and to engage with different sets of priority stakeholders. 

Climate change has landscape-level effects on ecosystems and human communities across the country. As such, many branches of the federal government conduct research and build tools aimed at helping communities understand and adapt to a changing climate. The CASC network frequently works with agencies outside of the DOI on climate adaptation projects. Below are just some of the non-DOI federal agencies the CASC network has partnered with.  

Other Federal Agency Collaborations Include: 

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA supports CASC researchers and projects by providing access to cutting-edge climate models and technology. For example, the CASC university lead for the Pacific Islands consortium member the University of Guam is collaborating with NASA’s Nemo Net to study coral reefs around Guam using new remote sensing and data analysis techniques.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The CASC network has partnered with various NOAA programs, including the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program and the National Weather Service. For example, the Pacific Islands CASC partnered with NOAA Pacific RISA programs to understand how climate change contributes to droughts in Hawai’i and the US-affiliated Pacific Islands, and the Alaska CASC partnered with the National Weather Service to improve forecasting for glacier outburst flood events. 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The CASC network has partnered with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study snow droughts in Alaska and to help support the structured decision making process for a USACE project restoring a damaged barrier island in Mississippi.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Climate Hubs. The USDA Climate Hubs link USDA researchers and regional program agencies to deliver timely and authoritative tools and information to agricultural producers and professionals. The South CentralNorth Central, and Southeast CASCs have all collaborated with various USDA climate hubs on projects exploring the effects of climate change on regional water availability and drought. 

The U.S. Forest Service. The CASC network frequently collaborates with the USFS on a variety of topics relating to the health and management of forests on USFS lands. These partnerships have explored adaptive forest management, climate change effects on Tribal resources, invasive species spread, and drought, fire, and extreme weather effects on current and future forest resources. For example, in a project supported by the Northwest CASC, USFS researchers partnered with the Yurok Tribe to build upon the community’s existing Climate Change Adaptation Plan, specifically by evaluating the climate change resilience of forests of conservation importance across the Northwest. 

 

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