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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Date published: August 8, 2019

Island Drought Website and Factsheets Now Available

When drought hits an island, nearly all sectors of society and the environment are quickly impacted. The CASCs have been working with partners over the last year to identify key threats, challenges, and management needs related to drought in the U.S. Caribbean and U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. ...

Date published: July 26, 2019

CASC Presentations at the 2019 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Meeting

2019 Ecological Society of America meeting (August 11-16, 2019) Session Information

Date published: July 22, 2019

Tribal Liaison in Focus: Malinda Chase

Learn more about Malinda Chase, tribal liaison for the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center, in this Tribal Resilience Liaison feature conducted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP).


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Year Published: 2019

Rapid inundation of the southern Florida coastline despite low relative sea-level rise rates during the late-Holocene

Sediment cores from Florida Bay, Everglades National Park were examined to determine ecosystem response to relative sea-level rise (RSLR) over the Holocene. High-resolution multiproxy analysis from four sites show freshwater wetlands transitioned to mangrove environments 4–3.6 ka, followed by estuarine environments 3.4–2.8 ka, during a period of...

Jones, Miriam; Wingard, G. Lynn; Stackhouse, Bethany; Keller, Katherine; Willard, Debra A.; Marot, Marci E.; Landacre, Bryan D.; Bernhardt, Christopher E.

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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