The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is a partnership between the US Geological Survey, the University of Colorado Boulder and five consortium partners. The NC CASC fosters innovative and applied research in support of tribal, federal, state, and local natural resource management and decision-making. The North Central center is one of eight regional climate centers in the national CASC network created to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers across the country. It serves Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas and Nebraska. 



Join us for the next ESA Webinar

Join us for the next Ecological Society of America (ESA) webinar, "Integrating Western Science Into Indigenous Knowledge Processes" on August 20th at 12:00pm EST.

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GEO Releases its First Indigenous Alliance 2020 Report

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) released its first Indigenous Alliance 2020 Report following the 2020 Indigenous Sum

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Join us for the July Tribal Climate Webinar

Join us for the next Tribal Climate Webinar on July 27th at 10:00am MT. A variety of speakers will discuss the Northern Plains drought update and outlook, and the discussion will be moderated by Stefan Tangen, NC CASC's Tribal Resilience Liaison. 

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Read the Latest Tribal Climate Newsletter

Read the July 2021 edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter:

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Imtiaz Rangwala's Work Featured in Climate Toolbox Case Study

NC CASC Climate Science Lead, Imtiaz Rangwala, and his work for the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on species status asse

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Fireworks Article by Phil Higuera and Jennifer Balch Picked Up by Multiple Media Outlets

NC CASC University Director, Jennifer Balch, and Consortium Partner, Phil Higuera at the University of Montana, co-authore

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Read Jennifer Balch's Fireworks Op-ed in The Hill

NC CASC University Director, Jennifer Balch, wrote an op-ed that was featured in The Hill before the 4th of July. The piece urges people to avoid fireworks for July 4th celebrations this year in the Western US, due to the unprecedented drought and looming wildfire season.

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New Invasive Species Project Open at the NC CASC

A new project under PI Chelsea Nagy will focus on integrating the research and management of invasive species, climate change, and fire.

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New Publications Supported by the NC CASC

Below is a list of recent publications that were supported by the NC CASC:  

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James Rattling Leaf Sr. Featured in Panels, Presentations, and Discussions on Issues Relating to Tribes and Climate

Throughout fall 2020, NC CASC PI and Consultant to the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance James Rattling Leaf, Sr. participated in a variety of panels, presentations, and discussions relating to indigenous peoples and climate. Highlights below include his participation in a panel discussion about data implications for American Indians at the Academic Data Science Alliance’s Annual Meeting, and a panel at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week 2020, where he discussed the benefits of data sharing. James was also recently elected Chair, ESA ESA Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Section. 

Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Indigenous Summit

December 7-9, 2020

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) held the virtual Indigenous Summit 2020 from December 7-9. James spoke during the opening ceremony, and moderated the COVID-19 and Education/Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer panels. The Summit focused on themes relating to women’s empowerment, climate change, disaster risk education, and indigenous data sovereignty. Recordings from the Summit can be found online: Learn More

2020 Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change” panel presentation

December 3, 2020

The 2020 Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is an international research collaboration that monitors and reports annually on the relationship between health and climate, and its implications for national governments. James talked about tribal issues with regard to natural hazards and climate change. A video of the full program can be found here: Learn More. James’ presentation can be found at the 1:06 mark.

NTGISC 11th Annual National Tribal GIS Conference

November 19, 2020

James presented "Every Tribe has a Climate Story: Climate Assessment Planning on Tribal Lands in the Great Plains" at the National Tribal Geographic Information Support Center's 11th Annual National Tribal GIS Conference. More about TribalGIS can be found here: Learn More

CIRES Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

November 17, 2020

James gave a recent presentation for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, called “Building Relational and Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities.” The presentation can be watched on YouTube: Learn More

ESA Water Cooler Chat: Exploration of Modern Indigenous Knowledge and the Power of Indigenous Western Science

November 13, 2020

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, James participated in an Ecological Society of America (ESA) Water Cooler Chat, "What is Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)? How does the power of indigenous knowledge contribute to Western science? What insights can TEK provide into the way we teach our students to connect with our world?” :Learn More Digital NASA Training for Tribes

James was recently featured in, “With pandemic thwarting workshops, NASA training for tribes goes digital.” Read the full article here: Learn More

GEO Week 2020: “Every Tribal Nation Has a Data Story: Challenges and Opportunities Moving Forward”

November 6, 2020

James participated on a panel as part of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week 2020. He discussed the benefits of data sharing, “Every Tribal Nation Has a Data Story: Challenges and Opportunities Moving Forward.” Watch a recording here: Learn More

Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) Annual Meeting Panel 

October 15, 2020

James participated in the panel “From Data Sovereignty to Data Science: Implications for American Indian Self-Determination” at the 2020 Academic Data Science Alliance Annual Meeting. A video of the panel discussion can be found on YouTube: Learn More