Climate Adaptation Science Centers

Data Policy and Guidance

The data management policies and guidance documents found below help us effectively and efficiently share and manage data and information products produced by our funded projects. All CASC-funded researchers should follow these policies.

Data Sharing Policy

The Data Sharing Policy states that all data and information products developed by CASC funded projects will be made publically available, no more than one year after the project is completed. It also requires a data management plan for all proposals and funded projects.


Data Management Plan Guidance & Template

All CASC proposals require a Data Management Plan (DMP). The DMP includes information about data and data products used, collected, and produced in projects.


Data Management Manual

The Data Management Manual contains information on the architecture, information, and approach to data management for the CASC enterprise. Details on roles and responsibilities, data activities, metadata, peer review, and standards can be found in this manual.


CASC Data Stewards

Each CASC has a Data Steward to work with funded PIs on the development of a Data Management Plan, answer any questions related to data management, and assist with the transition of data and information products into the CASC data repository. The contact information for the Data Stewards is below.


For general information about USGS Data Management, please visit:


Emily Fort

Communications, Data and Information Technology Coordinator
National Climate Adaptation Science Center
Phone: 703-648-4082

Andrew Cory

Data Steward for the National & Southeast CASCs
Fort Collins Science Center

Jeremy Kenyon

Data Steward for the Northwest, Pacific Islands, & Southwest CASCs
University of Idaho
Phone: 208-885-7955

Neda Ledoux

Data Steward for the North Central, Northeast, & South Central CASCs
Fort Collins Science Center
Phone: 970-226-9162

Amy Macpherson

Data Steward for the Alaska CASC
University of Alaska
Phone: 907-474-7062