Climate Adaptation Science Centers


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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The CASCs develop data and tools that address the informational needs of natural and cultural resource managers. Projects cover topics that address the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, ecosystems, & the communities they support.

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The Regional CASCs

Our network is comprised of the National CASC and eight regional CASCs, covering the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. Learn more about each CASC here.

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Our Climate Adaptation Insights Newsletter shares our latest news on webinars, events, publications, funding opportunities, and other items of interest from the National and Regional CASCs. Updates are sent out every two weeks.

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Date published: September 25, 2019

CASCs Represented Among Those Honored with the 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award

Southeast and National CASC fellows, a Northwest CASC-funded PI, and a team led by the Northeast CASC tribal liaison were among those honored at the 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Annual Meeting.

Date published: September 23, 2019

Climate Crisis Heats Up Rhode Island the Quickest

Eco RI News posted an article on how the smallest state by land area in the United States is heating up faster than the other Lower 48 states. Researchers at the NE CASC predicted this reality nearly three years ago. 

Date published: September 18, 2019

Introduced Species Dilute the Effects of Evolution on Diversity

Researchers from the University of Göttingen's German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv), the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), and the Pacific Islands Climate Adaptation Science Center explore biodiversity in young and old forests across the Hawaiian islands.


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Year Published: 2019

Drought in the U.S. Caribbean: Impacts to freshwater ecosystems

Healthy and functioning freshwater ecosystems are needed for successful conservation and management of native fish and invertebrate species, and the services they provide to human communities, across the U.S. Caribbean. Yet streams, rivers, and reservoirs are vulnerable to the effects of extreme weather events, urbanization, energy and water...

Myers, Bonnie

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Temporal changes in avian community composition in lowland conifer habitats at the southern edge of the boreal zone in the Adirondack Park, NY

Climate change represents one of the most significant threats to human and wildlife communities on the planet. Populations at range margins or transitions between biomes can be particularly instructive for observing changes in biological communities that may be driven by climate change. Avian communities in lowland boreal habitats in the...

Glennon, Michale; Langdon, Stephen; Rubenstein, Madeleine A.; Cross, Molly S.

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Drought in the U.S. Caribbean:Impacts to Coastal Estuary Ecosystems

Brent Murry; Miguel Garcia-Bermudez; Shelley Crausbay; Malpeli, Kate