Climate Adaptation Science Centers


The Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) partner with natural and cultural resource managers to provide the scientific information needed to help fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and the communities they support adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. Our network is comprised of eight Regional CASCs, managed by the National CASC located at USGS headquarters in Reston, VA.

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The domain of the CASC network covers the entire continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, and the U.S. Caribbean. The CASCs are federal-university partnerships; for each CASC, a university serves as the host institution, and additional university or non-university institutions serve as regional consortium members.

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The National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC), formerly named the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, was established by Congress in 2008. Housed within the USGS, NCASC was tasked with providing science to help managers of the country's fish and wildlife resources respond to the impacts of climate change. To meet this goal, NCASC established the 8 regional CASCs.

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Each CASC is a collaborative arrangement between the USGS National CASC and a regional host university. Each CASC is reviewed on an annual basis, and a larger review is undertaken at the conclusion of each 5-year agreement. These reporting and review requirements help ensure appropriate oversight of public resources and support USGS decisions regarding annual funding for and selection of new host