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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: May 14, 2019

Climate, Fire, and Forest Change in California’s Sierra Nevada

The southwest CASC has developed an informational handout that summarizes and synthesizes information on climate, fire, and forest change in California’s iconic Sierra Nevada. This useful resource provides a summary of key management issues and options for adaptation in this important region.

Date published: May 9, 2019

Southeast CASC Helps Produce New Study on How Sea Level Rise Affects Birds in Coastal Forests

When saltwater inundates coastal forests as sea levels rise, it kills salt-sensitive trees, leaving "ghost forests" of bare snags behind. A new study from North Carolina State University and the Southeast CASC explores how changes in vegetation affect coastal bird species.

Date published: May 9, 2019

North Central CASC Receives Funding from the Community for Data Integration (CDI) for New “Climate Scenarios Toolbox”

With support from the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), researchers at the North Central CASC will develop and implement an efficient and robust “Climate Scenarios Toolbox” to help on-the-ground management partners access and interpret relevant climate data, assess resource vulnerabilities to climate variability and change, and design adaptation strategies.

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Year Published: 2019

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., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191041.

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Year Published: 2019

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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Year Published: 2019

Climate change effects on deer and moose in the midwest

Climate change is an increasing concern for wildlife managers across the United States and Canada. Because climate change may alter populations and harvest dynamics of key species in the region, midwestern states have identified the effects of climate change on ungulates as a priority research area. We conducted a literature review of projected...

Weiskopf, Sarah R.; LeDee, Olivia E. ; Thompson, Laura M.