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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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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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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: December 9, 2019

Gulf Coast Corals Face Potential Catastrophe

AAAS published an article detailing South Central CASC-supported research on Gulf Coast corals and the harm they face under a changing climate.

Date published: December 9, 2019

New Study Highlights Impacts of Livestock Grazing and other Variables on Cheatgrass Occurrence in the Great Basin

Increased abundance of non-native cheatgrass in the Intermountain West is driving a cycle of more frequent and larger fires and the further expansion of cheatgrass. A new study explores the relationship between cheatgrass occurrence and fire, livestock grazing, topography, and precipitation.

Date published: December 9, 2019

UW Researchers Address Habitat Connectivity in the Climate of Tomorrow

A recently published article in the University of Washington’s The Daily highlights a collaborative effort between researchers at the Northwest CASC, the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, and others aimed at addressing habitat connectivity under a changing climate. 

Publications

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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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Examining progress toward achieving the Ten Steps of the Rome Declaration on Responsible Inland Fisheries

Inland capture fisheries provide food for nearly a billion people and are important in the livelihoods of millions of households worldwide. Although there are limitations to evaluating many of the contributions made by inland capture fisheries, there is growing recognition by the international community that these services make critical...

Lynch, Abigail; Bartley, Devin M.; Beard, Douglas; Cowx, Ian. G.; Funge-Smith, Simon; Taylor, William W.; Cooke, Steve J.

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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.