Climate Adaptation Science Centers

CASC Partnerships

The National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers are committed to operating under a partnership-driven model. At the national and regional level, major guidance on priorities and activities is provided by ongoing interactions with stakeholders from the management, science, and public communities.

Interested in partnering? Contact us!

Department of the Interior

  • Much of the information and tools provided by the CASCs are in response to the landscape-level priority needs of Department of the Interior bureaus, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Examples include working with BLM in Colorado to assess the potential vulnerabilities of the communities and businesses that rely on the state's 8.4 million acres of BLM-managed public lands, and providing scientific information to help National Wildlife Refuges in the Southeast assess coastal change to inform land acquisition decisions. 
  • Learn more about our work with DOI and other Federal agencies

Tribal and Indigenous Partners

  • Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other indigenous peoples and communities are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The CASCs are working with tribes and indigenous communities to better understand their specific vulnerabilities to climate change and to help them adapt to these impacts. This work is conducted through research projects, outreach events, training workshops, stakeholder meetings, youth internships and other coordination activities.
  • Learn more about our work with Native Communities

Universities

  • The CASCs are located at and maintain core relations with universities, and university faculty, students, and staff conduct scientific activities at the CASCs. Universities provide scientific capabilities, expertise, and infrastructure not readily available within the Federal science establishment. CASC consortia are comprised of both university and non-university partners working closely together with USGS staff. 
  • Learn more about our university hosts and consortia partners

States

  • States are primary natural resource management partners with DOI. State governments participate on CASC Stakeholder Advisory Committees. CASCs also frequently collaborate with state fish & wildlife agencies.

Other Management and Science Partners

  • Effectively responding to climate change requires ongoing engagement of multiple management partners as well as collaboration among science providers to ensure efficient use of resources. These partnerships require conscious development and dedicated resources. Resource management and science partners of the National and Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers include federal entities, tribal, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, and individual landowners.

CASC Stakeholder Advisory Committees

  • The National and Regional CASCs rely on stakeholder input for the identification of research needs, the prioritization of projects, and the elevation of research products. Each CASC has a regional Stakeholder Advisory Committee that it meets with several times a year. These Committees include members from federal, state, local, regional, and tribal natural and cultural resource management entities and science providers. These regional committees provide direct input into our annual and longer-term science planning efforts and help develop our regional science themes that comprise our funding opportunity announcements.
  • CASC SAC Terms of Reference (2014)