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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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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RISCC Management Network Announces Career Opportunity for Cross-RISCC Interaction

The Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (RISCC) Management network (risccnetwork.org) aims to reduce the compounding effects of invasive species and climate change by synthesizing relevant science, communicating the needs of managers to researc


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NC RISCC Launches New Website

The NC RISCC is excited to announce the launch of their new website containing published materials, videos, and other information about the NC RISCC. Check it out at nc-riscc.org.


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Rangwala Presents to Climate Civilian Corps Fellows and USFWS Mentors

On June 8, NC CASC Climate Science Lead Imtiaz Rangwala presented and discussed "Climate Science Applications for Ecological Impact Asse


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June 2022 NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Online

The June 2022 issue of the NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter is now available for viewing online. Highlights include:


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Essay: "Grim 2022 drought outlook for Western US offers warnings for the future as climate change brings a hotter, thirstier atmosphere"

In this recently published essay in The Conversation, NC CASC Climate Science Lead Imtiaz Rangwala explores the theory of a hotter and thirst


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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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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.