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November 29, 2023

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the 19 members who will make up the newly-established Advisory Council for Climate Adaptation Science (ACCAS). Council members from state agencies, Tribal and Indigenous peoples, universities, non-profits, and the private sector will advise the Secretary on the operations and priorities of the Climate Adaptation Science Centers

Secretary Haaland signed a charter in late 2022 to allow the U.S. Department of the Interior to establish and seek nominations for the Advisory Council for Climate Adaptation Science (ACCAS). After a thorough review of the nominations, she has invited a collection of highly-qualified individuals representing a broad range of institutions and lived experiences to serve in the council’s first body. Each council member is invited to serve either a two- or three-year term. 

The ACCAS will provide recommendations on the CASCs’ national science priorities, key partnerships, and science delivery to natural and cultural resource managers. The council will also advise the CASCs on how to integrate equity for historically underserved communities into their operations.  

“Advisory councils play a central role in helping us understand the needs of the managers and communities we serve,” says Shawn Carter, National CASC Chief Scientist. “We are thrilled that this council has attracted such diverse and thoughtful members, and we are looking forward to working with them to push forward the field of climate adaptation science.” 

This is the second federal advisory committee to guide the CASC’s priorities. The first, the Advisory Committee on Climate Change and Natural Resource Science (ACCCNRS), served from 2013 to 2016. The CASCs credit ACCCNRS with helping to develop the strong actionable science model the program has become known for today. 

The ACCAS will meet for the first time in 2024. 

To learn more about the ACCAS and see a full list of members, go to the council’s webpage

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