North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is one of eight regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) under the Department of the Interior (DOI) managed by the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center. The mission of the Centers and National CASC is to "deliver science to help fish, wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate." CASCs provide the tools that managers need to develop and execute management strategies that address the impacts of climate change on natural and cultural resources.
Hosted at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the goal of the North Central CASC is "to foster both innovation and applied research; researchers will focus on science in support of natural resource management, addressing tribal, federal, state and local needs.” The North Central center serves Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska.
Some of the more recent North Central CASC projects (initiated in 2018) include:
- Big Sagebrush Response to Wildfire and Invasive Grasses in the 21st Century
- Climate-Driven Shifts in Prairie Pothole Wetlands: Assessing Future Impacts to Critical Waterfowl Habitats
- Improving the Success of Post-Fire Adaptive Management Strategies in Sagebrush Steppe
- Identifying Characteristics of Actionable Science for Drought Planning and Adaptation
- Synthesizing Climate Change Impacts on Wildlife Health and Identifying Adaptation Strategies
These projects and others that NC CASC supported since 2011 are linked on the website.
- Colorado State University
- U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)
- University of Colorado at Boulder
- University of Nebraska
- University of Wyoming
- Kansas State University
- Iowa State University Climate Science Initiative