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 nine 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. 

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NC CASC August 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Available Online

The August 2022 issue of the NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter is now available online: Highlights include:


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Anthony Ciocco Rejoins the NC CASC as a USGS Climate Adaptation Scientist

Anthony Ciocco is a USGS Climate Adaptation Scientist who initially joined the NC CASC program in July of 2020 as a BIA Pathways Program Intern.


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New Publication: Conservation under uncertainty: Innovations in Participatory Climate Change Scenario Planning from U.S. National Parks

NC CASC Research Ecologist Brian Miller and former NC CASC colleague Brecken Robb are co-authors on a new publication, Conservation under uncertainty: Innovations in participatory climate change scenario planning from U.S.


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Brian Miller Co-author on New Publication on Global Biodiversity Loss

NC CASC/USGS Research Ecologist is a co-author on a new paper, "Expert perspectives on global biodiversity loss and its drivers and impacts on people". 


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NC CASC Welcomes Kynser Wahwahsuck, Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison

The NC CASC is excited to welcome Kynser Wahwahsuck, the new Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison for the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance.


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NC CASC May/June 2022 Newsletter Now Available Online

The May/June 2022 issue of the NC CASC newsletter is now available online:


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NC CASC July 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Available Online

The July 2022 issue of the NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter is now available online:


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New NC CASC-funded Publications

Interannual variation in climate contributes to contingency in post-fire restoration outcomes in seeded sagebrush steppe from this project: Im


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NC CASC Welcomes Ella Ho, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ella Ho is an undergraduate in the Astronomy and Planetary Sciences department with minors in Space and Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. Although her main focus is in space science, she firmly believes that Earth is the best planet.


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Rangwala Discusses Western U.S. Drought in Interview with CBC Radio-Canada

A prolonged drought in the western U.S. has left Colorado River reservoirs seriously depleted.


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Spotlight

Climate Solutions Days 2022

Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education surrounding environmental issues. In recent times, Earth Day has focused on confronting the climate crisis. The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC), a joint effort of the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado Boulder, held its inaugural “Climate Solutions Days” during Earth Week 2022, providing an à la carte offering of presentations, workshops and training by scientists and practitioners working on climate change and natural resource changes in the North Central region of the United States. This region includes the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. Learn more about who we are at NC CASC here

Participants engaged in pressing climate problems and solutions in the region, such as the growing wildfire hazardand drought, which is increasingly desiccating parts of the intermountain and West and Great Plains. Sessions also included a discussion of  effective ways to communicate climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, the science tools and applications available to resource managers to assess current and future risk to ecosystems as part of the center’s Climate Science Support Platform, climate adaptation partnerships with Tribal Nations, and specific projects, like the Grasslands Synthesis. “Climate Solutions Days” provided an opportunity to bring research, applications, and collaborative effort to bear on actionable science – science that will make a difference in people’s lives and the ecosystems upon which they rely.

Most participants hailed from the 7-state North Central region, with a little over a third from elsewhere around the country. International participants registered from Pakistan, South Africa, France and Canada. Large percentages were affiliated with the federal agencies (30%) and academic institutions, as professional researchers and teachers (27%), with 15 participants affiliated with Tribal Nations. The event was held entirely in a virtual environment and made use of creative outlets like breakout rooms within Zoom, Mentimeter (interactive real-time voting) and Padlet (a collaborative web platform for sharing ideas in virtual bulletin board form).

Please continue to check our “Climate Solutions Days” playlist on our YouTube channel. On Twitter, check out @NC_CASC for highlights from our sessions during Earth Week. Session details and the full agenda can be found on our Climate Solutions Days 2022 website page.