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 March/April 2022 Newsletter Now Available Online

The March/April 2022 issue of the NC CASC Newsletter is now available online:


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NC CASC May 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Online

The NC CASC May 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter is now available online:  


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GPTWA Seeks Applicants for Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison II Position

The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance is hiring for a full-time Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison.


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R-Shiny App to Project Daily Snowfall and Rainfall

The NC CASC Climate Science Support Platform has developed a new R-Shiny app to quantify daily snowfall and rainfall quantities from total daily precipitation data in both observations (gridMET) and future projections (MACAv2-METDATA).


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Dr. Christy Miller-Hesed to Co-facilitate "Climate Change and Climate Adaptation Training for Grasslands Conservation Practitioners"

North American grasslands are a regional priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).


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WCS Co-authors Study on Climate Adaptation

NC CASC consortium partner, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), has co-authored a study on climate adaptation, "Strengthening monitoring and evaluation of multiple benefits in conservation initiati


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NC RISCC Network Share First Management Challenge: " Invasive Grass-Fire Cycle in the North Central US"

The North Central Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change Network, NC RISCC, has shared its first Management Challenge, " Invasive Grass-Fire Cycle in the North


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Brian Miller to Co-present "Scenario Planning as a Climate Change Adaptation Tool" webinar

NC CASC/USGS Research Ecologist Brian Miller, Gregor Schuurman, NPS Climate Change Response Program and Amy Symstad, USGS will co-present "Scenario Planning as a Climate Change Adaptation Tool" as part of the National Park Service (NPS) Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Monthly Webinars:


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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 hazard and 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 on our “Climate Solutions Days” playlist on our YouTube channel. On Twitter, check out @NC_CASC for highlights from our sessions during Earth Week.