Established in 2021, the Midwest CASC provides regionally-relevant scientific information, tools, and techniques to resource managers and communities in Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.
The Midwest CASC supports management and protection of land, water, and natural resources with actionable climate science, innovation, and decision support tools. It pays special attention to Tribal concerns and builds off the unique and robust experience of Midwest Tribes with adaptation science and practice. This includes a fellowship program for graduate students and a summer research experience for undergraduates focused on Tribal participation. The CASC prioritizes research on the interplay of natural resources, forestry, streams and wetlands, with agricultural and urban areas, land uses that are prominent in the Midwest.
To facilitate communication and collaboration with Tribal Nations in the region, the Midwest CASC is joined by a Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Resilience Liaison. Their current liaison is Sara Smith, with the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute.
- University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Host)
- College of Menominee Nation
- Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
- Indiana University
- Michigan State University
- The Nature Conservancy.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Minnesota Duluth
- University of Wisconsin-Madison