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The National CASC offers monthly webinars to highlight science projects related to climate change impacts and adaptation from the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers. 

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Map of U.S. mainland showing temperate, transitional and tropical temperature patterns
March 16, 2021

U.S. regions in the tropical-to-temperate transition

A map showing North America's tropical-to-temperate transition zone. Red, orange, and yellow depict the more tropical zones, and blues depict the more temperate zones, based on to the coldest recorded temperature for each area between 1980 and 2009. Photos show some cold-sensitive plants and animals with northern range limits governed by winter cold temperature extremes.

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A school of snook, large subtropical game fish, in a Florida spring
March 15, 2021

Subtropical snook gather at a warm Florida springhead in winter

 Winter temperature extremes control the distributions of subtropical fishes. Common snook (Centropomus undecimalis), aggregate at a spring in northern Florida during winter. Snook are warm saltwater game fish, common in Florida, that have been moving further northward as extreme cold spells become less frequent and less intense.

 

March 11, 2021

Managing Post-Fire, Climate-Induced Vegetation Transitions

Warmer, drier and longer fire seasons in the Northwest have led to larger and more frequent wildfires. These changes in fire activity, combined with warmer and drier post-fire conditions, have in turn led to growing concern that in some areas of the Northwest, particularly in forests and shrublands east of the Cascade Range, existing plant communities may face difficulty

Arctic tern feeding a sand lance to her chick.
July 8, 2020

Arctic tern and chick

Adult Arctic Tern feeding their chick a sand lance fish (Ammodytidae).

June 28, 2020

Red Devil Cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus) Guarding Habitat

Multiple stressors such as climate change impacts and invasive species can have compounding impacts on native inland fish. Published literature is limited on how climate change will impact native tropical fish species, such as those in the Caribbean, and even less is known about how multiple stressors such as extreme flow events and presence of non-native competitors could

May 5, 2020

Timing is Everything: Fish, Wildlife, and Timing of Life Events

Timing is Everything: How Fish and Wildlife are Responding to Climate Change Through Shifts in the Timing of Life Events

Changes in phenology, or the seasonal timing of recurring life history events such as breeding, feeding, and movements, have emerged as a primary indicator of species’ responses to climate change. In terrestrial environments,

March 26, 2020

Transboundary Connectivity Conservation for a Changing Climate

Enhancing ecological connectivity - the degree to which landscapes facilitate the movement of the organisms within them - is a frequently recommended strategy for conserving wildlife populations into the future. This is because a primary way in which species respond to climate change is by adjusting their geographic ranges to find more suitable temperatures and adequate

Puerto Rico’s Sierra de Luquillo mountains and El Yunque National Forest
March 13, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Sierra de Luquillo mountains, El Yunque National Forest

:  A site visit to Puerto Rico’s Sierra de Luquillo mountains and El Yunque National Forest, 2020. (credit – M. Eaton) 

The whistling coqui frog on a leaf
March 11, 2020

The whistling coqui (E. cochranae)

The whistling coqui (E. cochranae), one of 17 iconic Puerto Rican amphibians in the genus Eleutherodactylus, observed in a lowland delta marsh of the Arecibo River on Puerto Rico’s north coast. (credit – M. Eaton)

A black and white ruffed lemur perched on a tree branch.
January 3, 2020

Black and white ruffed lemur of the genus Varecia

Black and white ruffed lemur of the genus Varecia.

Scientists taking water quality samples near St. Mary’s, Alaska.
December 31, 2019

 Taking water quality samples in Alaska

Earl Alstrom and Carol Hasburgh taking water quality samples near St. Mary’s, Alaska.