National Climate Adaptation Science Center
The USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (formerly the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center) is the managing entity for eight regional Department of the Interior Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) across the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawai'i, and U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. CASCs are researching climate change impacts on fish, wildlife, habitats, and other resources - to provide information and decision-making tools to support climate resilient ecosystems and communities.
Each CASC is based out of a host university in their region, and most are comprised of additional university and non-university partnerships, such as natural and cultural resource managers, tribes and indigenous communities. The network also trains early career scientists and managers in climate science, communication and stakeholder engagement.
Each of the eight regional CASCs supports science projects that address local and regional research priorities. Projects led by the National Center often cross regional boundaries to address climate change impacts at a national or multi-region level. Some projects led by the National CASC from the 2017 funding year include:
- Adaptive Capacity: The Linchpin for Understanding and Addressing Species Vulnerability to Climate Change Impacts
- Decision-Support for Migratory Bird Management in the Face of Uncertainty
- Future Forest Habitat Conditions in the Adirondack Region of New York
- Migration Mismatch: Bird Migration and Phenological Mismatching
These projects and many more are linked on the Center’s website - profiling a number of wildlife and ecosystem adaptation research, assessments and tools developed by collaborative efforts between federal and state agencies, research institutions and non-profits.