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From the expansion of invasive species to wildfire, from drought to sea-level rise, changes in climate have created new and evolving challenges for our nation’s resource managers and communities. Our science helps managers of fish, wildlife, and ecosystems understand these impacts and strategically adapt to changing conditions. 

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Date published: July 15, 2019

California's Future Weather Will Alternate Between Drought and Atmospheric Rivers

A recent study funded in part by the Southwest CASC describes future changes in precipitation in California that will result in both wet and dry extremes. The paper was published in the scientific journal Nature and was recently highlighted by SFGATE.

Date published: July 3, 2019

Drones on Ice: Scientists Take to the Air to Study Suicide Basin

Juneau Empire recently posted an article about the work of measuring water and ice levels in Alaska's Suicide Basin using drones that University of Alaska researchers have been doing with help from the Alaska CASC. 

Date published: July 1, 2019

Factsheet Series Now Available from the PI CASC Workshop, “Drought in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands”

On August 14-15, 2018, the Pacific Islands CASC hosted a workshop on drought in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands and the associated impacts on ecological and human communities across the vast region’s diverse landscapes.


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Climate adaptation Science Centers—Annual report for 2018

2018 marked the 10-year anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center! With the passage of the fiscal year 2018 budget on March 23, 2018, our program name was changed from the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center to the National Climate Adaptation Science...

Varela Minder, Elda
Varela Minder, E., 2019, Climate Adaptation Science Centers—Annual report for 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1041, 14 p.,

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Responses of Native American cultural heritage to changes in environmental setting

Cultural expressions of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN) reflect the relationship between AIAN and the plant and animal species present in an area. Different forces that modify that relationship and influence those expressions can potentially shape AIAN cultural heritage and even compromise their cultural identity. Herein, we propose...

Bisbal, Gustavo A.; Jones Jr., Chas E

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Fishing for conservation of freshwater tropical fish in the Anthropocene

1. Biodiversity and fisheries are two important assets of freshwater ecosystems that are currently at risk from external threats. Establishing an equitable resolution to these threats is a major challenge of the Anthropocene. 2. This is particularly pertinent in developing nations where hotspots for biodiversity converge with rapid, and often...

Phang, Sui Chian; Cooperman, Michael S.; Lynch, Abigail; Steel, Ashley; Elliott, Vittoria; Murchie, Karen J.; Cooke, Steven J.; Dowd, Scott; Cowx, Ian G.