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. 



NC CASC Webinar Series: "Our Changing Fire Regimes" March 11th, 2021

Presented by: Jennifer Balch, NC CASC University Director, University of Colorado-Boulder  Thursday, March 11, 2021, 11a-12p MST Register in advance for this meeting:

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Fiscal Year 2022 NC CASC Funding Opportunity

The NC CASC invites Statements of Interest (SOI) from eligible applicants for projects to be initiated in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022.

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Read the Latest Tribal Climate Newsletter

The March 2021 edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter has been released. Read it here:

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New paper: R-R-T (resistance-resilience-transformation) typology reveals differential conservation approaches across ecosystems and time

NC CASC' Molly Cross is a co-author on a recently published paper, "R-R-T (resistance-resilience-transformation) typology reveals differential conservation approaches across ecosystems and time" in the Nature Journal.

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New Paper by WCS on Climate Adaptation Practice in the US

North Central CASC Consortium Partner, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), has published a new analysis of the ways that conservation practitioners in the U.S. are embracing climate change in their work.

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James Rattling Leaf, Sr. featured in Bay Area Environmental Research Institute's "Connecting Tribal Lands with NASA Remote Sensing Tools" podcast

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. was recently featured in the podcast, "Connecting Tribal Lands with NASA Remote Sensing Tools", hosted by the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute. The podcast can be heard on the following stations:

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Announcement of USGS’ first Wildland Fire Science Strategic Plan

We are very pleased to announce that USGS’ first Wildland Fire Science Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan) has been published and is now available. Links are provided below to access the Strategic Plan, Fact Sheet and other information about the program.

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NC CASC Partner, Kim Davis, University of Montana, to Present in NCASC webinar: "Managing Post-Fire, Climate-Induced Vegetation Transitions"

Please join us on, Thursday, March 11 at 3:00 pm ET for the NCASC webinar: "Managing Post-Fire, Cl

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James Rattling Leaf, Sr. featured in Warm Regards podcast episode, "Indigenous Climate Knowledge and Data Sovereignty"

James Rattling Leaf, Sr., was featured in the February 22nd episode of Warm Regards, "Indigenous Climate Knowledge and Data Sovereignty," where he discussed traditional ecological knowledges and the Indigenous relationship with climate and environmental data. 

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James Rattling Leaf Sr., to speak at Posner Center Event, “Climate Justice and Indigenous Rights”

James Rattling Leaf, Sr., will be speaking at the Posner Center event, "Climate Justice and Indigenous Rights" on February 25th from 11am-12:30pm. The event will feature several speakers that will discuss how climate justice needs to include the voices of Indigenous groups. 

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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