News

Announcement

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. Speaking at Upcoming HydroSciences Student Symposium


James Rattling Leaf, Sr. will be speaking at the 2024 HydroSciences Student Symposium on April 11!


Science Spotlight

Traditional Ecological Knowledge


There is an increasing demand to integrate Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with Western science for climate change adaptation. However, the challenge lies in how climate, ecological, and social scientists can collaborate equitably with Tribal communities to achieve this.


Science Byte

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. represents NC CASC on visit to Capitol Hill


James Rattling Leaf, Sr. and Heather Bené visited Capitol Hill on March 13, 2024 to share key NC CASC messages and efforts with the Appropriations Staff committee.


Science Byte

Ninth-Grade Student Recommends Climate Change Resource for NC CASC Community


The NC CASC recently heard from a ninth-grade student and teacher who found our Education and Training webpage to be “exceptionally valuable” in researching sustainability and climate change resources for their curriculum.


Announcement, Webinar

Next Webinar: 9 AM on Thursday, April 11


Recent years have seen great advances in the availability of downscaled climate data and tools to inform climate change impact or vulnerability assessments and climate adaptation planning. This presentation will discuss various tools available through The Climate Toolbox.


Science Byte

New RCAP product now out!


The US Great Plains, stretching over 1,300 miles from the US-Canada border to Texas, constitutes a crucial and ecologically diverse region in the heart of North America. Understanding processes and their drivers is of paramount importance in the face of increasing water demands, growing environmental challenges, and the uncertainties associated with future climate change.


Announcement, Webinar

Upcoming Webinar: Thursday, March 14 - POSTPONED due to weather


POSTPONED due to weather. We will send an email out with a new date as soon as we confirm. Learn more about the potential landscapes identified for the conservation of the prairie dog ecosystem across North America’s Central Grasslands. These priority areas represent 17% of the historical distribution of black-tailed prairie dogs and remain strongholds under projected climate change.


Science Byte

Upcoming Training for Sagebrush Conservation Practitioners


The North Central, Southwest, Northwest, and South Central CASCs are collaborating with Boise State University and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to host a series of virtual workshops for sagebrush conservation practitioners. Imtiaz Rangwala, Climate Science Lead for the NC CASC, is involved in advising and developing materials for the trainings.


Announcement, General

January/February 2024 Newsletter


Our January/February 2024 newsletter is now out! Learn more about what the NC CASC has been up to these first couple months of the new year, from a new Spotlight Story on drought, to an upcoming webinar in mid-March, to new publications by our scientists.


Science Spotlight

Wind River Indigenous Youth Culture & Climate Camps


Grassroots to Governance is a Wind River specific holistic approach that involves engaging and empowering people at the local, community level (grassroots) and extending their involvement and influence up to the higher levels of decision-making (Tribal governance). Read more in our new Spotlight story!


Announcement

NPR Discusses RAD in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks


The issues discussed in "Wildfires are killing California's ancient giants. Can seedlings save the species?" directly address research being done by our Cross-Park RAD Project in collaboration with managers of these parks.


Science Byte

Cross-Park RAD Focus Groups


The Cross-Park RAD project team members (including NC CASC’s Heather Yocum) announce that their focus groups are in progress! They’ve just returned from back-to-back visits to Sequoia Kings Canyon (SEKI) and North Cascades (NOCO) where they had the chance to engage with park staff and explore decision-making processes related to ecological transformation.


Science Byte

NC CASC/USGS Ecologist Brian Miller Presents During MW CASC Training


NC CASC/USGS ecologist, Brian Miller, presented at the Midwest CASC’s “Grad Student and Postdoc Training: Climate Adaptation Planning” webinar on February 14.


Announcement, Webinar

NCA5 Webinar: Northern Great Plains


The NCA5 chapter webinars are an opportunity to hear about the findings of a particular chapter from the authors themselves. Join on February 27 to learn more about the Northern Great Plains chapter.


Announcement, Scientists

Welcome to Janna Black!


A warm welcome to our new Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison, Janna Black! Of Athabaskan descent, her work is deeply rooted in sense of place, emphasizing land-based pedagogies through a kincentric ecological lens.


Announcement, Webinar

Recording Available for February 8th webinar


Pinyon Jays are an iconic species of piñon-juniper woodlands across the Intermountain West. Since the late 1960s, the species has experienced significant, long-term population declines and is now under review for potential listing under the Endangered Species Act. Find out more in the webinar recording.


Publications, Science Byte

New Publication: Approaches for Using CMIP Projections in Climate Model Ensembles to Address the ‘Hot Model’ Problem


A new publication from USGS, the NC CASC, and the University of Oklahoma discusses approaches for using CMIP projections in climate model ensembles to address the 'hot model' problem.


Announcement, Webinar

Incorporating Climate and Environmental Justice into Research and Resource Management


The U.S. Geological Survey National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) invites all audiences interested in the intersection between climate and environmental justice and environmental research to join the webinar series “Incorporating Climate and Environmental Justice into Research and Resource Management.”


Science Byte

NC CASC welcomes new Tribal Liaison with Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance


The NC CASC is excited to welcome Janna Black, new Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison with the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance!


Publications, Science Byte

New Report: Climate Change in Colorado


A recent report led by Becky Bolinger and colleagues at Colorado State University synthesizes and highlights the most recent research on climate change in Colorado. This is the third edition of “Climate Change in Colorado.” NC CASC Social Science and Climate Science Leads, Heather Yocum and Imtiaz Rangwala, reviewed and contributed to this report.


Publications, Science Byte

New “Innovation in Climate Adaptation” Report from CASC Network and Partners


Innovation in Climate Adaptation was produced by National Wildlife Federation, the USGS CASC network, and the IUCN Species Survival Commission Climate Change Specialist Group with input from an “international workgroup of adaptation experts.” The report was published yesterday (Jan. 17, 2024) with NC CASC’s Regional Administrator Molly Cross as a lead author.


Webinar

Upcoming webinar: February 8, 2024


Join us for the next NC CASC webinar on February 8! Scott Somershoe of the US Fish and Wildlife Service will deliver a lecture on Pinyon Jays, an iconic species of piñon-juniper woodlands across the Intermountain West.


Science Spotlight

Assessing Drought in the Era of Climate Change


In recent years, there have been major advancements in the United States' ability to actively manage drought risks by collecting the most relevant up-to-date and on-the-ground information and developing tools for assessing drought conditions.


Science Byte

NC CASC’s James Rattling Leaf, Sr. quoted in Tribal collaboration article


In a recent article, James Rattling Leaf, Sr. discussed the potential for Tribal-federal collaboration by creating a shared space for conversation and understanding.


Announcement, Webinar

Utilizing Cultural Intelligence to Advance Tribal Engagement and Partnerships


Interested in learning more about Cultural Intelligence? Come hear NC CASC's James Rattling Leaf at CU Boulder on January 24. The hybrid session will provide recommendations for working with Tribal communities based on the knowledge that long-term relationship building with these communities is the foundation upon which educational programs, research collaborations, and other initiatives must be co-created.


Science Byte

NC CASC presents at AGU 2023


The NC CASC was represented at the 2023 American Geophysical Union fall meeting by Aparna Bamzai-Dodson (USGS Assistant Regional Administrator) and Meagan Oldfather (USGS Climate Adaptation Specialist). Read more about their contributions.


Science Byte

New R-Shiny Apps Now Available


Two new R-shiny apps are now available for analysis of large-scale drivers of regional precipitation to inform regional water availability. These apps were developed as part of the 2023 Rapid Climate Assessment Program (RCAP).


Announcement, Publications

Balancing Management Objectives in a Time of Climate Change


New NC CASC-funded research is now out, in a paper discussing the challenges of ecosystem management in the face of climate change. It suggests that traditional methods based on historical conditions may be inadequate due to ongoing ecological transformations.


Announcement, Job Opportunities

The Science to Action Fellowship Program


The Science to Action Fellowship program supports graduate students in directly applying scientific research related to climate change impacts on fish, wildlife, or ecosystems to decision making about natural resources.


Science Byte, Scientists

NC CASC contributes to drought assessment report


Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, Imtiaz Rangwala, and James Rattling Leaf, Sr. from the NC CASC contributed to the NOAA/NIDIS report, "Drought Assessment in a Changing Climate: Priority Actions and Research Needs." Learn more and read the report here!


Announcement, Webinar

AGU help session - December 5


In case you're headed to the AGU Fall Meeting this year and need assistance with your presentation, poster, or general public communications skills, please join Ulyana and Hailey at 11 AM tomorrow (Tuesday, December 5) for an AGU work session.


Announcement, Webinar

Next Webinar: December 14 at 1 PM MT


This webinar will detail the broader process of developing a menu of climate adaptation strategies and approaches for terrestrial wildlife management to help managers translate broad concepts into specific tactics that will respond to climate change risks and meet desired management goals.


Science Byte, Scientists

NC CASC scientists visit Nebraska Sandhills Refuges


Kyra Clark-Wolf and Imtiaz Rangwala from NC CASC were accompanied by Orien Richmond to visit three refuges in the Nebraska Sandhills: Valentine, Lacreek, and Ft. Niobrara. The visit, between November 7-9, built upon ongoing conversations with refuge managers and biologists in the Sandhills.


Announcement, Webinar

NC CASC webinar recording available


The Colorado River Basin is in crisis. As a result of climate change induced long-term drought, the Basin faces chronic water shortages with significant impacts across economic sectors. The agricultural sector is the largest water user in the Basin, meaning that farmers and ranchers are central to both the impacts of and solutions to water shortages.


Announcement, Scientists

NC CASC contributes to the Fifth National Climate Assessment, available today


The Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) is now available online! The NCAs bring together teams of professionals to synthesize knowledge about current and projected trends in global climate change, including information on both environmental and social trends. Several people at the NC CASC contributed to the NCA5.


Science Spotlight

North Central Mountain Climate Adaptation


The alpine ecosystem, and mountain ecosystems in general, contain unique and climate sensitive biodiversity, as well as provide recreation and water resources for many people. These ecosystems may play an outsized landscape-level role in shielding species from climate change by acting as refugia, or, “safe havens."


Science Byte, Scientists

Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala participates in a climate adaptation workshop with resource managers working in pinyon and juniper ecosystems in the North Central region


Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala attended a climate adaptation workshop in mid-October to participate in a one-and-half day discussion on pinyon and juniper ecosystem management.


Publications

New RCAP 4-pager on the Prairie Pothole region


The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) spans ~170 million acres in the northern Great Plains, characterized by mixed-grass and tallgrass prairies as well as composed of native cool- season (C3) and warm-season (C4) grasses, interspersed with abundant wetlands or “potholes.” To safeguard biodiversity and maintain wildlife habitat, grassland conservation is a management priority on the nearly 1 million acres of National Wildlife Refuge System lands in the region.


Job Opportunities, Science Byte

2024 - 2025 CAST Program


The application is now live for the 2024-2025 Climate Adaptation Scientists of Tomorrow (CAST) program! Applicants can be from anywhere in the US and the program covers travel, a living stipend, and provides housing for the 10-week experience for two summers. Share widely to any undergraduate that may be interested in this opportunity!


Announcement

September/October 2023 Newsletter


The September/October 2023 NC CASC newsletter is out. Learn more about what we've been up to and catch up on any news that you may have missed!


Science Byte

Native American Heritage Month


This November, the NC CASC pays tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans during Native American Heritage month. We foster innovative and applied research in support of Tribal, federal, state and local natural resource management and decision-making. Partnerships with Tribal nations in the North Central region and beyond are unique in that Indigenous peoples have a depth of knowledge extending for millennia.


Webinar

Next NC CASC webinar - November 9, 2023


The Colorado River Basin is in crisis. As a result of climate change induced long-term drought, the Basin faces chronic water shortages with significant impacts across economic sectors. The agricultural sector is the largest water user in the Basin, meaning that farmers and ranchers are central to both the impacts of and solutions to water shortages. Their involvement will be key to developing effective policy solutions to today’s water crisis.


Science Byte

NC CASC webinar recording available


Biogeography entwines the studies of demography, disturbances, dispersal, and in light of changing climate – disequilibrium dynamics. All of these ecological and evolutionary processes interact to shape the stability of species current and future distributions, and – as I will focus on in this talk – may be influenced by landscape heterogeneity.


Announcement, Publications

New RCAP Product: Climate Adaptation in the North Central Mountains


The Alpine RCAP group has completed a 4-page summary document, titled "Climate Adaptation in the North Central Mountains: Alpine Tundra and Treeline."


Science Byte

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day


The NC CASC recognizes the deep relationship that Indigenous peoples have as caretakers of the lands that comprise the United States of America and beyond. We honor their past, present and future stewardship of these lands, and recognize the importance and value of Indigenous Knowledges in addressing the environmental challenges we face today.


Publications, Science Byte

NC CASC’s Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala provides guidance on modeling habitat suitability under future climate for new publication on black-tailed prairie dog


NC CASC’s Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala provided guidance on the development and use of climate scenarios for modeling suitable black-tailed prairie dog habitat in the future.


Announcement

Funding Opportunity: Applications Open to Host the Southwest and North Central Climate Adaptation Science Centers


Qualified organizations are invited to apply to host and, as applicable, serve as consortium partners for the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) and Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC).


Announcement, Publications

The Prairie Climate Companion: Invasive Species


In grassland ecosystems, herbaceous invasive species decrease native species diversity, reduce forage quality and quantity for animals, alter habitat structure, and affect nutrient cycling and availability. Check out the next issue of The Prairie Climate Companion to learn more.


Publications, Science Byte

New Publication on Scenario-Based Decisions


Congratulations to USGS research ecologist, Dr. Brian Miller, on a new publication titled, "Scenario-Based Decision Analysis: Integrated scenario planning and structured decision making for resource management." The publication includes members of the NC CASC: Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala, Dr. William Travis, as well as other partners.


Announcement

USGS Announces New Leaders for Five Regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers


Yesterday, the US Geological Survey published a national news release announcing five new Regional Administrators (formerly known as “directors”) for the Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs). The new Regional Administrators are: Olivia LeDee at the Midwest CASC, Molly Cross at the North Central CASC, Carrie Brown-Lima at the Northeast CASC, Suzanne Von Cooten at the South Central CASC, and Stephanie McAfee at the Southwest CASC.


Science Byte

Welcome, Dr. Molly Cross!


We are pleased to welcome Molly Cross as the new North Central CASC Regional Administrator (the position formerly known as “Center Director”)! Molly officially started in her new role yesterday, September 25th. Molly joins the CASC network from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), where she served as the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Lead for their Global Forests and Climate Change Program.


Science Byte

Next Webinar: October 12, 2023


Biogeography entwines the studies of demography, disturbances, dispersal, and in light of changing climate – disequilibrium dynamics. Hear more from NC CASC/USGS biologist, Dr. Meagan Oldfather, during her October 12 webinar titled, "Climate Responses and Adaptation in Heterogeneous Landscapes."


Announcement

NC CASC Scientists Awarded NPS Grasslands Resilience Project


NC CASC scientists (Rangwala, Miller Hesed, and Clark-Wolf) have been awarded a project titled "Grassland Resilience in the Northern Great Plains under Climate Change" by the National Park Service to inform and improve adaptive management practices associated with conserving the prairie in the northern Great Plains region.


Science Spotlight

The Rapid Climate Assessment Program


In a world of rapid climate change, there’s a need for rapid assessment of these changes. The NC CASC’s Rapid Climate Assessment Program (RCAP) was started in the summer of 2023 to create a series of scientific syntheses referred to as Rapid Climate Assessments that can be used as a baseline for further research and a foundation for future stakeholder engagement, with possible longer-term or more in-depth projects.


Announcement

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. guest edits for "Talking Climate"


NC CASC's James Rattling Leaf, Sr. guest edits for Dr. Katharine Hayhoe's "Talking Climate" series. Learn about the good/not-so-good news and what you can do.


Science Byte

Webinar Recording Now Available


Did you miss the NC CASC webinar? The recording is now available on our YouTube channel. Learn more about the Ogallala Aquifer (OA), which underlies about 111 million acres of Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico, including about 1.9 million acres of Tribal lands and 2.9 million acres of federal lands.


Announcement, Science Byte

Stefan Tangen: New NC CASC USGS Research Coordinator


Congratulations to Stefan Tangen, the new NC CASC USGS Research Coordinator! Stefan previously worked with the CASC and USGS through his position with the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, where he was a BIA-funded Tribal Climate Resilience Liaison for the last five years.


Webinar

NC CASC SciComm Training


Are you a scientist or science communicator looking for more effective ways to communicate your messages to broad audiences? If so, the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center invites you to register for our SciComm Training.


Science Byte

CIRES names James Rattling Leaf, Sr. as inaugural Tribal advisor


James Rattling Leaf, Sr. joins CIRES this month as the institute’s first-ever Tribal advisor. This follows after six years of working as a tribal engagement specialist on various CIRES teams, including with the NC CASC.


Announcement

NC CASC July/August Newsletter


Our July/August 2023 newsletter is now out! Find out what the NC CASC has been up to over the summer, from workshops to the Rapid Climate Assessment Program (RCAP).


General

Societal Impacts of Climate Adaptation Science


How can social scientists work with communities to co-produce open, accessible science, while also protecting personal information? The North Central and South Central CASCs developed a research project to assess the societal impacts of their science.


Webinar

Upcoming NC CASC Webinar: September 14, 2023


Our first webinar for the fall will be on Thursday, September 14, at 11 AM MT. Join us to learn more about the Ogallala Aquifer by Dr. Caitlin Rottler (South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center).


Science Byte

Partnerships, Not Parachutes


“As Indigenous people we don’t say we don’t like science; we do use it [too], but we also understand that we also bring our knowledge too,” Rattling Leaf says. Check out this new article about the importance of Indigenous knowledge and citizen science for enhancing climate knowledge.


Science Byte

RCAP Summer Presentations


The NC CASC Rapid Climate Assessment Program (RCAP) aims to create a series of Rapid Climate Assessments (RCAs) which are a synthesis of science information that can be used as a baseline for further research and a foundation for future stakeholder engagement.


General

Ecological Scenarios Working Group convenes for NC CASC Workshop


On July 18-19, 2023, a group of multidisciplinary scientists from Utah, Montana, Hawaii, Colorado, and Alaska joined the NC CASC in Boulder, Colorado for the Ecological Scenarios Workshop, co-led by NC CASC’s Kyra Clark-Wolf, Imtiaz Rangwala, Wynne Moss, and Brian Miller.


Science Byte

New Publication is a Collaborative Effort


A new publication in the open-access journal, Conservation Science and Practice, is a collaborative effort by authors spanning the university (NC CASC), consortium partner (Wildlife Conservation Society), and federal (USGS) sectors, as well as other partners recruited to serve on the Grasslands Synthesis Project Management Priorities Working Group.


Science Byte

Indigenous Communities in the United States: Leaders in Climate Adaptation


On August 31, 2023 at 6 PM PDT, come hear about Indigenous Communities in the US as leaders in climate adaptation. The speakers include: Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center  Nicole Herman-Mercer, USGS Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center  Sheree Watson, USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center and USGS WY-MT Water Science Center 


Announcement

The August 2023 Tribal Climate Newsletter


The August 2023 Tribal Climate Resilience Newsletter is now out. Learn about the Native Lands mapping tool, upcoming events, and resources available for use on the changing grasslands in the North Central region of the US.


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Announcement

Climate Adaptation Scientists of Tomorrow


Last week, the three students in the NC CASC's Climate Adaptation Scientists of Tomorrow (CAST) program gave their final presentations. Eleven students from across the 4 CAST programs gave 3-minute thesis style presentations. They were judged by a panel of 4 judges on how clearly they communicated both their topic and the larger impact of their research, the quality of their single slide, and their presentation style. Steele Stevens (who worked with Tyler McIntosh in Earth Lab) won 2nd place and Kandice Agudo (who worked for part of the summer on a state vulnerability study with Heather) won 3rd. Congratulations to our students!


Science Byte

Prairie Climate Companion: Woody Encroachment


The next installment of the Prairie Climate Companion is now out! Learn more about woody encroachment in this issue.


Science Byte

Indigenous Knowledge in Tribal wildlife management


NC CASC/USGS climate adaptation scientist, Anthony Ciocco, and NC CASC Tribal resilience liaison, Stefan Tangen, are co-authors on a new publication in the Wildlife Society Bulletin that explores the basic preconditions for actualizing Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in Tribal wildlife management.


Announcement

The July 2023 Tribal Climate Resilience Newsletter


The next Tribal Climate Resilience newsletter is now out! Read more about resources, internships, and upcoming workshops.


Announcement

May/June 2023 newsletter available online


The NC CASC May/June 2023 newsletter is out! Learn more about what our scientists and partners have been up to in the realm of research and outreach.


Science Byte

Prairie Climate Companion: Native Plant Composition & Diversity


The next 2-pager is out for the Grasslands Synthesis Project. Learn more about how climate change will have different impacts on different species and groups of species of plants. Individual plant species have traits that make them more or less sensitive to shifts in temperature, precipitation and carbon dioxide.


Publications

New Publication on Nature Futures


NC CASC/USGS research ecologist, Dr. Brian Miller, is co-author on a new publication, out now! "Towards a better future for biodiversity and people: Modeling Nature Futures."


Scientists

The Prairie Pothole Region


During the month of May, Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala, climate science lead at the NC CASC, visited US Fish and Wildlife partners at refuges in the Prairie Pothole region of the US, participated in a four-square-mile pond survey, and facilitated a workshop on climate scenario planning.


Science Byte

NC CASC and Earth Lab release Drought Index Portal


NC CASC and Earth Lab have recently released the Drought Index Portal (DrIP) through the University of Colorado, Boulder. DrIP is a web analytic resource to display, compare, and extract time series for various indicators of drought in the contiguous United States.


Science Spotlight

The Tribal Climate Leaders Program


William Crawford is a recent University of Colorado Boulder graduate and fellow of the Tribal Climate Leaders Program (TCLP), run through the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. His research targeted a significant plant to the Dakota, which once grew in abundance in the Northern Plains.


Publications

RSS Supplemental Guidance: Integration of Climate Change Scenario Planning into the RSS Process


The NC CASC's Brian Miller and the National Park Service team are excited to announce the publishing of the Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS) Supplemental Guidance.


Announcement

The June 2023 Tribal Climate Resilience Newsletter


The June 2023 edition of the Tribal Climate Resilience Newsletter is out! Learn about new funding opportunities, resources and upcoming events.


Scientists

Welcome Megan Moore!


Megan Moore is an ORISE stakeholder engagement fellow with the North Central and Northwest Climate Adaptation Centers. She is a social scientist with a research background in rural community transitions, climate adaptation strategies, and community resilience across the U.S. West.


Event

New International Working Group


On May 15 - 17, NC CASC climate science lead, Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala, participated in a new multi-disciplinary and international working group effort related to conservation of grassland birds (from Mexico to Canada) in Santa Barbara, CA. 


Science Byte

Ethical Space: Indigenous Engagement for Environmental Science Professionals


Indigenous Peoples are key partners for achieving natural resource management and conservation goals. But first, western science professionals need to understand how to collaborate with Indigenous partners in a spirit of respect and reciprocity.


Science Byte

The Prairie Climate Companion: Wild & Prescribed Fire


The Grasslands Synthesis Project focuses on understanding how climate change and variability impacts grassland ecosystems and their management in the 21st century. We invite you to check out the next edition of "The Praire Climate Companion", which focuses on wild and prescribed fire.


Scientists

Welcome to Nadine Golden!


Nadine Golden is joining us on a 120-day detail as the Assistant Regional Administrator (formerly titled Deputy Director) for the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center.


Science Byte

CIRES Rendezvous 2023


Members of the NC CASC presented posters during the annual CIRES Rendezvous on the University of Colorado Boulder main campus. Dr.



Science Byte

The Prairie Climate Companion: Water Availability


The Grasslands Synthesis Project focuses on understanding how climate change and variability impacts grassland ecosystems and their management in the 21st century. We invite you to check out the next edition of "The Prairie Climate Companion", which focuses on water availability.


Webinar

NC CASC webinar available online


This webinar discusses findings from the Grasslands Synthesis Project, recently published as USGS Open File-Report 2023-1037 and USGS Open File-Report 2023-1036. Grasslands in the Great Plains are of ecological, economic, and cultural importance in the United States, and understanding how climate change and variability will impact these ecosystems is crucial for successful grassland management in the 21st century.


Science Byte

The Grasslands Synthesis Project


The Grasslands Synthesis Project focuses on understanding how climate change and variability impacts grassland ecosystems and their management in the 21st century. We invite you to check out the new page: nccasc.colorado.edu/grasslands


Scientists

Climate Champion: Dr. Aparna Bamzai-Dodson


Dr. Aparna Bamzai-Dodson with the USGS North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center uses social science to tease apart how people make decisions when planning for and adapting to climate change.


Announcement

May 2023 Tribal Climate Newsletter


Learn more about the Rosebud Sioux Tribe's Climate Adaptation Plan and the Biden-Harris Administration's Inflation Reduction Act Guidebook for Tribal Nations.


Announcement

March/April 2023 newsletter available online


The NC CASC March/April 2023 newsletter is out! Learn more about what our scientists and partners have been up to in the realm of research and outreach.


Publications

CASC Tribal Liaison Handout


Tribal Nations and Alaska Native communities face significant challenges in responding and strengthening resiliency to the extreme weather events and environmental hazards resulting from climate change. The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience (TCR), the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs), and several Tribal Nations/Organizations are collaborating to support a nationwide network of Liaisons. Each Liaison works directly with a regional CASC connecting resources to federally-recognized Tribes in climate adaptation efforts.


Science Byte

Climate Champion, Dr. Brian Miller


USGS and NC CASC Research Ecologist, Dr. Brian Miller, uses scenario planning to help managers think about different possible climate conditions, allowing them to be ready for anything the future may bring.


Scientists

Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala presents Climate Change and Water webinar for University of Wyoming’s 2023 CPNR Water Symposium


NC CASC’s Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala presented a pre-symposium webinar on April 14, titled Climate Change and Water in the West, for the University of Wyoming’s 2023 CPNR Water Symposium. Dr.



Science Byte

The Grasslands Synthesis Project


Understanding how climate change and variability will impact grassland ecosystems is crucial for successful grasslands management in the future. Towards that goal, the NC CASC began the "Grasslands Synthesis Project" in 2020 to compile baseline information on broadly shared grassland management goals and challenges in the North Central region.


Announcement

April 2023 Tribal Climate Newsletter


"Tired Of Being Told To ‘Adapt,’ An Indigenous Community Wrote Its Own Climate Action Plan."


Scientists

NC CASC at the Fifth National Climate Assessment All Authors Meeting


Last week, contributors and authors convened in Washington, D.C. to work on the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5).



Publications

Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) Climate Adaptation Plan Now Online


The Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) Tribe partnered with the Tribal Data Sovereignty Initiative and Lark Environmental, with technic



Webinar

Upcoming NC CASC webinar - April 13, 2023


This presentation explores the social factors that contribute to agency decisions about ecological transformation. Faced with global climate change and ecological transformation, natural resource managers are being forced to reconsider how they engage with stakeholders and make decisions.


Science Spotlight

Forest Recovery Following Severe Fires


In a new study that examines the severity of fires in combination with hotter and drier conditions plaguing the Western United States, researchers are “seeing the forest for the trees.” Using information from 334 wildfires and 10,000 field plots, collected by more than 50 research teams, this new study, led by NC CASC affiliate Dr. Kim Davis has uncovered a pattern.


Job Opportunities

New Summer GRAs Available


Interested in summer GRAs? Then check out the opportunities and apply!


Science Byte

Congratulations to James Rattling Leaf, Sr.!


This Nature Climate Change article, co-authored by NC CASC's James Rattling Leaf, Sr., explores the importance of co-production of knowledge for climate change.


Webinar

NC CASC webinar available online


The Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe recognizes the climate crisis we are facing, and is planning to adapt and thrive.



Science Byte

Congratulations to Will Crawford!


Congratulations to Will Crawford who successfully defended his Masters thesis on Monday! His project, "Dak̇od Wóokaḣniġe Ohna Ṫípsiŋna Awaŋyakapi" (Protecting Prairie Turnips Through Traditional Dakota Wisdom and Understanding) was a model for how to do relevant research that benefits his Tribe and adds to our collective wisdom.


Announcement

January/February 2023 Newsletter is Available Online


Check out the January/February issue of our newsletter. We strive to update you on NC CASC science, opportunities and events across our region. 



Science Byte

NC CASC Research Reel


The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center strives to help natural and cultural resource managers use actionable and open data, tools, and innovative science and information to make climate-informed decisions that support resilient ecosystems.


Announcement

March 2023 Tribal Climate Newsletter


Learn about new job and funding opportunities this spring in the new Tribal Climate Resilience newsletter. 



Webinar

2/9/23 Webinar Available Online


Drought, despite being an episodic phenomenon, is capable of triggering persistent changes to ecosystems, with important consequences for both biodiversity and human communities.


Webinar

March 16 NC CASC webinar


The Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe recognizes the climate crisis we are facing, and is planning to adapt and thrive.


Scientists

Welcome to Dr. Kyra Clark-Wolf!


The NC CASC is happy to welcome postdoctoral associate, Dr. Kyra Clark-Wolf! She is studying ecological transformation in a context of changing climate and disturbance regimes. Kyra’s research interests integrate perspectives from paleoecology, fire ecology, and ecosystem ecology.


Science Byte

Western Wildfires Destroying More Homes Per Square Mile Burned


Climate change, more buildings near flammable vegetation, and accidental human ignitions contributed to wildfires’ increased destructiveness.


Announcement

February 2023 Tribal Climate Newsletter


Learn more about the Tribal Grid Resilience Formula funding opportunity; the Karuk Tribe's first-of-its-kind training for controlled burns; and more about the Bison Restoration for the American Prairie



Event

The Grasslands-Climate Workshop


On January 24-25, 2023 a number of US Fish and Wildlife Service staff and partners working on grassland conservation met in person in Lakewood, CO for the Grasslands-Climate Workshop.


Publications

The Decline of the Western Bumble Bee


The western bumble bee was once common in western North America, but increasing temperatures, drought, and pesticide use have contributed to a 57% decline in the occurrence of this species in its historical range. NC CASC climate lead, Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala, is a co-author on this new U.S. Geological Survey-led study. 


Science Byte

Top Climate News Stories of 2022


USGS Climate highlights their top 5 climate news stories of 2022 on Twitter, choosing our coverage of drought in the Milk and St. Mary river basins as one of them.


Scientists

Dr. William Travis Quoted in Discovery Magazine


“Adapting to the current climate is not necessarily what you want to do for the future climate,” says William Travis, a geographer at CU Boulder.


General

Welcome to Hailey Robe!


The NC CASC is excited to welcome a new program assistant, Hailey Robe, to our staff.



Announcement

November/December 2022 Newsletter is Available Online


Check out the November/December issue of our newsletter. We strive to update you on NC CASC science, opportunities and events across our region. 



Webinar

Upcoming NC CASC webinar


Drought, despite being an episodic phenomenon, is capable of triggering persistent changes to ecosystems, with important consequences for both biodiversity and human communities.


Science Byte

Experts: More Diverse Science is Better Science


Congratulations to USGS Deputy Director, Dr. Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, on being quoted in an E&E news article. As an attendee of the annual conference of the American Geophysical Union, Bamzai-Dodson emphasized the importance of diverse groups in finding creative solutions to complex problems such as global warming.


Announcement

January 2023 Tribal Climate Newsletter


Learn more about growing interest in Tribal National Parks; how a wildlife crossing was successfully built with Tribal knowledge; and new opportunities like the 2023 Tribal Climate Camp in the January 2023



Announcement

December 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter


Learn more about investments in Tribal climate resilience, putting Indigenous knowledge into practice for climate change, and the upcoming Native youth climate adaptation leadership Congress in this month's Tribal c



Science Spotlight

Cross-Park Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) Change Project


In a time of climate change, the human element - agency context and rules, as well as emotions and values - influence how resource managers respond to environmental changes. The Cross-Park RAD (resist-accept-direct change) Project aims to increase understanding of how institutional and emotional factors influence manager decision making in the National Park Service in the face of ecological transformation.


Webinar

Webinar Recording Available


Missed the December 8, 2022 NC CASC webinar?


Scientists

Welcome to Dr. Jamie Peeler!


Find out more about postdoc fellow, Jamie Peeler, a landscape ecologist dedicated to tackling forest conservation challenges in a more fire-prone world.


Webinar

Webinar Recording Available Online


If you missed Dr. Jeff Martin's webinar on bison management (November 10, 2022), view the recording here on our YouTube channel.


Webinar

Upcoming NC CASC webinar


Join our next webinar, Fires of Unusual Size: Future of Extreme Wildfire in the Continental United States, featuring Dr. Jilmarie Stephens of the University of Colorado Boulder. December 8, 2022 at 11 AM MST.


Scientists

Welcome to Jennifer Zavaleta Cheek!


Warm welcome to NC CASC principal investigator, Jennifer Zavaleta Cheek, assistant professor at South Dakota State University.


Announcement

November 2022 Tribal Newsletter


Learn more about a peace walk for environmental justice; Native drought resilience; and the future of large landscape conservation. Check out jobs/internships/funding opportunities available this month.


Announcement

September/October 2022 Newsletter is Available Online


Check out the September/October issue of our newsletter. We strive to update you on NC CASC science, opportunities and events across our region.


Scientists

Welcome to Caitlin Littlefield!


Caitlin Littlefield (she/her) is a Lead Scientist at Conservation Science Partners. She is a broadly trained landscape ecologist who works at the intersection of forest ecology, conservation biology, and climate change adaptation.


Science Byte

National Adaptation Forum


Several NC CASC members are presenting (or are being represented) in Baltimore, MD this week (Oct 25 - 27, 2022) at the National Adaptation Forum (NAF).


Webinar

Rapid Ecological Change & Transformation Across the Middle and Southern Rockies During a Previous Climate Warming


How did rapid ecological change and transformation in the Middle and Southern Rockies unfold during a previous, dramatic climate warming? Answering this question could help resource managers better prepare for such phenomena in the future.


Webinar

Upcoming NC CASC webinar


Join our next webinar, Sustainable Management of Bison in a Changing World, featuring Dr. Jeff Martin of South Dakota State University. November 10, 2022 at 11 AM MDT.


Event

The Lakota Climate Summit


The Lakota Climate Summit is currently being held in Rapid City, South Dakota, from October 18 - 20, 2022. Members of the NC CASC will be presenting on changes to water, preparation for extreme weather, and Tribal climate resilience.


Science Spotlight

Collaboratively Producing Climate Information for Managing Natural Resources


Putting science into policy and practice has been a long-standing challenge, especially in the realm of climate change and adaptation to climate change. To better guide future climate science investments, researchers would benefit from an understanding of what information is most relevant to managers.


Event

CASC Early Career Workshop


Members of the NC CASC (Nicole DeCrappeo, Christy Miller Hesed, Jilmarie Stephens, Ulyana Pena, Tony Ciocco, Kynser Wahwahsuck, and Prasad Thota) are attending the Early Career Workshop put on by the NCASC and USGS in Albuquerque, New Mexico this week.


Publications

Cross-Park RAD Project


How institutional context and emotions shape manager decisions to resist, accept, or direct change in transforming ecosystems: a cross- case study in four national parks


Science Byte

Indigenous Peoples Day


Tribal Nations are unique partners for us since their connection to the environment is often thousands of years old. We at NC CASC are committed to working with them to create usable and relevant science to build climate resilience.


Job Opportunities

NC CASC post-doc in ecology


The NC CASC invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scientist in Ecology to perform research activities on the topic of Ecological Impacts and Transformation under Climate Change in the 21st Century.


Science Byte

CFT now available on CRAN


Climate Futures Toolbox - now on CRAN - is a shining example of the type of tool built at Earth Lab. It's an open-source software package that bridges the gap between “big” climate data and meaningful climate insights.


Announcement

October 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter is Available Online


Check out new jobs, events and funding opportunities. 


Science Spotlight

Fast Drought - An Oxymoron?


New research is showing that contrary to past thinking of drought as a slow process taking multiple seasons or years to fully develop, fast-evolving drying events are becoming more common.


Webinar

Upcoming NC CASC webinar


Join our next webinar, Rapid Ecological Change & Transformation Across the Middle and Southern Rockies During a Previous Climate Warming, featuring Dr. Shelley Crausbay of the US Forest Service. October 20, 2022 at 11 AM MDT.


Publications

SWAP Cooperator’s Report Available Online


This report is an evaluation of how to best support states in the North Central region with further integrating climate-informed planning in State Wildlife Action Plans.


Science Spotlight

Managing Mountain Goats?


Alpine ecosystems can be considered "hard boundaries" where climate change is expected to have disproportionate effects on the species that call it home.


Announcement

September 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter is Available Online


Check out highlights including "planting hope" and nature-based climate solutions.


Announcement

July/August 2022 Newsletter is Available Online


Welcome to the new MailChimp version of the NC CASC newsletter. We strive to update you on NC CASC science, opportunities and events across our region.


Webinar

Next NC CASC webinar


Join our next webinar, The Challenge of Planning for Extremes in Natural and Cultural Resources, featuring NC CASC's university director, Dr. William R. Travis. September 8, 2022 at 11 AM MDT.


Announcement

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:



Scientists

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.



Publications

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.



Publications

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 o



General

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.



Announcement

NC CASC May/June 2022 Newsletter Now Available Online


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



Announcement

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:



Scientists

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.



Scientists

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.



Job Opportunities

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



Announcement

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.



Scientists

Rangwala Presents to Climate Civilian Corps Fellows and USFWS Mentors


On June 8, NC CASC Climate Science Lead Imtiaz Rangwala presented and discussed "



Announcement

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.



Science Spotlight

The Future of International Waterways: The Milk and St. Mary River Basins Case Study


Along the US-Canadian border, international waterways weave a path from the mountains down to the foothills, feeding the Milk and St. Mary river basins, important regions to the Chippewa Cree Indians, Blackfeet, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.


Publications

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 



Announcement

NC CASC March/April 2022 Newsletter Now Available Online


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



Publications

NC CASC Partners Co-Author Paper: "Challenges to Forest Restoration in an Era of Unprecedented Climate and Wildfire Activity in Rocky Mountain Subalpine Forests"


NC CASC consortium partners, Phil Higuera, University of Montana, and



Announcement

NC CASC May 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Online


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

 



Job Opportunities

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.



Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: Identifying Potential Landscapes for Conservation Across the Central Grasslands of North America: Integrating Keystone Species, Land Use, and Climate Change


Please join us for our next NC CASC Webinar Series webinar: Identifying Potential Landscapes for Conservation Across the Central Grasslands of North America: Integrating Keystone Species, Land Use, and Climate Change



Science Byte

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).



Science Spotlight

Climate Solutions Days 2022


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.


Scientists

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).



General

ESA Announces Emerging Indigenous Scholar Leadership Award


ESA Emerging


Publications

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



General

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,



Webinar

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 (



Publications

Recent paper by Christy Miller-Hesed Explores Cultural Knowledge and Goals for Environmental Monitoring


NC CASC Research Associate Christy Miller-Hesed is co-author on a recent publication, Identifying and harmonizing the priorities of stakeholders in the Chesapeake Bay environmental monitoring community, in Current Research in Environmental Sustainability.


Publications

Recent NC CASC Publications


Recent NC CASC Publications


Job Opportunities

Graduate Student Mentors Needed for Summer 2022 USGS CAST Program


The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) seeks 3 graduate student mentors to provide peer mentoring to 3 summer undergraduate research fellows.



Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: Tools for developing reproducible climate futures for resource planning


Please join us for the next NC CASC webinar on Thursday, April 14, 2022, 11a -12p MDT:

 

Tools for developing reproducible climate futures for resource planning

 



Event

NC CASC to Celebrate Earth Week 2022 by Hosting "Climate Solutions Days" Events


Join the NC CASC as we celebrate Earth Week 2022 by hosting Climate Solutions Days, an à la carte offering of presentations, workshops and trainings scheduled throughout the week where scientists and practitioners will share insights on climate change impacts from findings in the North Central region.


Announcement

NC CASC April 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Online


The NC CASC April 2022 Newsletter is now available to read online.



Event

NC CASC-USGS Team to Present at North American Regional Association of the ​International Association for Landscape Ecology Annual Meeting


NC CASC ecologist Brian Miller, with co-authors Brecken Robb



Publications

New Publication: Murky waters: divergent ways scientists, practitioners, and landowners evaluate beaver mimicry


A new publication by NC CASC team members and others examines beaver mimicry as a conservation technique to restore streams and manage water that is gaining popularity within the natural resource management community because of a wide va



Event

ITEP Tribes and Climate Change Program Call for Proposals Now Open


The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribes and Climate Change Program is delighted to announce that the



Event

NPS Climate Change Response Program and NC CASC Partner on Climate Change Scenario Planning Presentation


The NPS Climate Change Response program and NC CASC are partnering to deliver a presentation "Participatory Climate Change Scenario Planning: A standard approach, application guidelines, and management outcomes from a decade of research



Announcement

NC CASC January/February 2022 Newsletter


The January/February 2022 issue of the NC CASC newsletter is now available online. In this e



Heather Yocum Represents NC CASC at Chancellors Annual Summit, "Working to Forge a Just and Sustainable Future"


 



WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Announces 2022 Request for Proposals


NC CASC Consortium Partner Wildlife Conservation Society's Climate Adaptation Fund has released its request for proposals for the 2022 grant cycle.



Scientists

James Rattling Leaf to Serve as Panelist on UCAR's 2022 Worldwide Climate Justice Teach-in Event


 



NCEI and CISESS Release State Climate Summaries 2022


NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) and the



March 2022 Issue of the NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Available Online


The March 2022 Issue of the NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter is now available online.

 



Announcement, Event

NC CASC to Celebrate Earth Week 2022 by Hosting "Climate Solutions Days" Events


Join the NC CASC as we celebrate Earth Week 2022 by hosting Climate Solutions Days, an à la carte offering of presentations, workshops and trainings scheduled throughout the week where scientists and practitioners will share insights on climate change impacts from findings in the North Central region.


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf Presenting at Second Lakota Food Summit 2022


NC CASC PI James Rattling Leaf will present "Developing Tribal Strategies to Deal with a Changing Climate" at the Second Lakota Food Summit on February 17th.


Publications

New Publication by James Rattling Leaf: "What is Traditional Ecological Knowledge and why does it matter?"


NC CASC PI James Rattling Leaf has published a new paper in ESA's Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment titled "What is Traditional Ecological Knowledge and why does it matter?"


Event

North Central Regional Invasive Species and Climate Change (NC RISCC) to Host Science Integration Workshop


workshop

 



Publications

New Publication by Brian Miller: "Conservation under uncertainty: Innovations in participatory climate change scenario planning from U.S. national parks"


NC CASC/USGS Research Ecologist Brian Miller is the primary author of a new publication, "Conservation under uncertainty: Innovations in participatory climate change scenario planning from U.S. national parks". 


Publications

Phil Higuera Co-authors New Paper, "Developing strategies to support social-ecological resilience in flammable landscapes: A structured approach for natural resource managers and other stakeholders"


NC CASC consortium partner, Phil Higuera, University of Montana, is co-author on a new paper, "Developing strategies to support social-ecological resilience in flammable landscapes: A structured approach for natural resource managers and other stakeholders". The paper is a product of the USDA/US Forest Service Joint Fire Science Program.


Scientists

Brian Miller to Present at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University


On February 24th, Brian Miller, NC CASC Research Ecologist, will be giving an invited presentation to the Center for Geospatial Analytics at North Carolina State University as part of their 2021-22 Geospatial Forum series.


Publications

Brian Miller Co-author on New Publication: "Increasing the Uptake of Ecological Model Results in Policy Decisions to Improve Biodiversity Outcomes"


NC CASC/USGS Research Ecologist, Brian Miller, is co-author on a new publication in Environmental Modelling and Software, "Increasing the uptake of ecological model results in policy decisions to improve biodiversity outcomes".


Announcement

NC CASC February Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Online


The NC CASC February 2022 Tribal Climate newsletter is now available online.



Event, Scientists

NC CASC's Rattling Leaf to Serve as Panelist on Upcoming American Meteorological Society (AMS) Webinar


NC CASC's James Rattling Leaf, Sr. will be a panelist on an upcoming American Meteorological Society (AMS) webinar at 10 – 11:30 AM MST on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, "How Can Spiritual and Faith-Based Knowledge Systems Inform the Weather, Water, and Climate Enterprise?"


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series Webinar: Developing Climate Information for US Fish and Wildlife Service Species Status Assessments Using the Climate Toolbox


Please join us for the NC CASC Webinar Series Webinar on Thursday, February 10, 2022, 11a -12p MST: "Developing Climate Information for US Fish and Wildlife Service Species Status Assessments Using the Climate Toolbox" 



Publications

Heather Yocum Co-authors Publication on State Wildlife Action Plans


NC CASC Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Heather Yocum, has co-authored a new publication in Conservation Science and Practice titled "Assessing the use of climate change information in State Wildlife Action Plans".


Scientists

James Rattling Leaf Interviewed by Directions Magazine "Geoinspirations Podcast Series"


NC CASC PI James Rattling Leaf was recently interviewed by Directions Magazine for their Geoinspirations Podcast Series: James Rattling Leaf - Responsibility, Reciprocity, Relevance, and Relationality. 



Announcement

WWA Scientist Publishes Summary on Latest Findings in Marshall Fire


Seth Arens at the Western Water Assessment has published a summary of what we know about the causes of the Marshall Fire, now available on WWA's Climate Dashboard.


Announcement

NC CASC January 2022 Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Available Online


The January 2022 issue of the NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter is now available online.



Webinar

Join Western Water Assessment's Upcoming Webinar Introducing the Snowtography Handbook


Join Western Water Assessment for our webinar on the Snowtography: Snowpack & Soil Moisture Monitoring Handbook , Friday, January 21, 2022 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (MST)



Publications

Recent Publications from NC CASC-Funded Projects


Several papers have recently been published from projects sponsored by the NC CASC.


Announcement

Request for Public Comment on the Annotated Outlines of the Fifth National Climate Assessment


NOAA, on behalf of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, has issued a Federal Register Notice seeking public feedback on the annotated outlines of each chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment.


Announcement

NC CASC November/December 2021 Newsletter Now Online


Our November/December 2021 newsletter is now available online.



Publications

NC CASC Partner, CSP, and SW CASC Publish Paper on Shifting Phenology with Climate Change


NC CASC partner, Shelley Crausbay, CSP, along with CSP colleagues and members of the SW CASC have published a new paper, "Dominant Sonoran Desert Plant Species Have Divergent Phenological Responses to Climate Change".


General, Scientists

NC CASC Wildfire Scientists Field Media Requests for Comments on Marshall Fire


NC CASC wildfire scientists, Jennifer Balch, University of Colorado Boulder, and Phil Higuera, University of Montana, have been fielding numerous media requests for interviews regarding the Marshall Fire in Boulder County last month.



Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf to Co-host Rising Voices Event: Building Relational and Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities


Building Relational and Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities.


Announcement

December Urban Wildfire


December urban wildfire. Three words thought unimaginable to exist in the same sentence. That was the case until Thursday, December 30, 2021.



Announcement

NC CASC December 2021 Tribal Climate Newsletter


Read the NC CASC December 2021 Tribal Climate Newsletter, now available online.



Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series Webinar: Setting habitat protection and restoration priorities in a warming world: Lessons from Wyoming


In 2020, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on a project designed to help the agency incorporate climate change into their Statewide Habitat Plan (SHP) that was slated for an update that year.


Publications

New Publication: "Uncertainty, Complexity and Constraints: How Do We Robustly Assess Biological Responses under a Rapidly Changing Climate?"


A new paper published in Climate, "Uncertainty, Complexity and Constraints: How Do We Robustly Assess Biological Responses under a Rapidly Changing Clim



Webinar

NC CASC Tribal Drought Webinar


Join us on Thursday, December 2nd at 1 PM MT for a Tribal Climate Webinar. The session will provide updates on drought in the Northern Great Plains and an outlook on what to expect for the winter and spring seasons.



Science Spotlight

Spotlight: Tribal Climate Adaptation Planning


On October 18 – 21, 2021, participants from the Ute Mountain Ute, Southern Ute and Ute Tribe of Utah came together in a virtual setting to attend the Tri Ute Climate Adaptation Workshop, the first in a series of four climate adaptation workshops funded by the BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program.


Publications

Adaptation Framework Co-developed by CSP Senior Scientist Shelley Crausbay Highlighted in Special Section of High-Impact Journal "BioScience"


The work of NC CASC PI and CSP senior scientist Shelley Crausbay and colleagues is currently featured in a special issue of the high-impact journal BioScience.


Announcement, Webinar

USGCRP to Hold Virtual Stakeholder Engagement Workshops to Get Input on NCA5 report


The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the authors of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) are hosting a series of virtual public engagement workshops to inform development of this federal climate report. These workshops are free and open to the public.


Publications

Christy Miller Hesed publishes new paper, "Using cultural consensus analysis to measure diversity in social-ecological knowledge for inclusive climate adaptation planning"


NC CASC Research Associate Christy Miller Hesed has published a new paper in the American Meteorological Society Journals, "Using cultural consensus analysis to measure diversity in social-ecological knowledge for inclusive climate adaptation planning."


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf to Present at Geo for Good Annual Conference


The Geo for Good Summit is an annual conference geared toward nonprofits, scientists, government agencies and other change-makers who want to leverage mapping tools and technology for positive impact in the world.


Science Spotlight

Spotlight: Interactive and Easy to Use R-Shiny Apps


Read about the R-shiny apps developed by NC CASC's Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala and graduate student, Prasad Thota on our Spotlight Stories page.


Webinar

Western Water Assessment Webinar: What’s up with the weather? A summer of extremes in the Intermountain West, featuring Seth Arens


Summer 2021 was a year of extreme weather events in the Intermountain West. Drought conditions that were building since 2019 covered vast areas of the region with extreme and exceptional drought.



Webinar

NW CASC Webinar: Tribal Experiences in Collaborative Fire Management in the Northwest


Our partners at the NW CASC are hosting a webinar, "Tribal Experiences in Collaborative Fire Management in the Northwest".



Webinar

ESA Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section to Host Webinar Series on the Role of TEK in Building Circular Economies and Influencing Federal Land Tenure Policy Changes on Reservations


The ESA Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section will be hosting a webinar series to facilitate a virtual space to welcome and hear from Indigenous voices who work to help sustain and nurture TEK within their communities.



Publications

NC-CASC Consortium Partner WCS Publishes New Paper on Criteria for Evaluating Adaptation Success for Biodiversity and Natural Resource Conservation


A new study in Environmental Science & Policy, "Flexible and comprehensive criteria for evaluating climate change adaptation success for biodiversity and natural resource conservation", co-authored by scientists at the Wildlife Conservation Society (@WCSAdapts), a North Central CASC Consortium Partner, presents an adaptation "scorecard" for evaluating outcomes for climate-informed conservation and natural resource management projects.


Scientists

NC CASC Consortium Partner Dr. Molly Cross Quoted in German News Outlet Covering COP26


NC CASC Consortium Partner Dr. Molly Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society, was quoted in a German news outlet covering COP26.


Announcement

NC CASC September/October 2021 Newsletter Now Online


The September/October 2021 issue of the NC CASC newsletter, along with previous editions, is now available on our website.


Job Opportunities

USGS Announces Climate Adaptation Scientists of Tomorrow (CAST) Program Undergraduate Research Experience


The mission of the U.S. Geological Survey Climate Adaptation Science Centers is to deliver science to help fish, wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. We work in partnership with climate experts at universities, state and federal agencies, Tribal governments, and non-profit organizations.


Science Spotlight

Spotlight: US Climate Resilience Toolkit adds Northern Great Plains Section


Read the Spotlight Section on our website to find more about the addition of the Northern Great Plains Region to the US Climate Resilience Toolkit.


Event, Scientists

Stefan Tangen and Brian Miller Present at Tribal Climate Adaptation Planning Workshop


NC CASC Tribal Resilience Liaison, Stefan Tangen and USGS Research Ecologist, Brian Miller provided presentations and facilitated sessions at a workshop from October 18-21, 2021 on Tribal Climate Adaptation Planning.


Announcement

November NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter Now Online


Our November Tribal Climate Newsletter is now available online.


Event

NC CASC Workshop: Climate Data 101 in Python


Are you a resource manager or scientist interested in learning how to work with climate data in Python?



Announcement

New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Climate Resilience Liaisons at the CASCs


The BIA Tribal Climate Resilience Program is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support the hiring of Tribal Climate Resilience Liaisons in the North Central, Midwest and Northeast/Southeast regions of the DOI Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) through the BIA's Tribal Resilience Program.


Publications

Read Brian Miller's Paper on Agent-Environment Feedbacks


A new paper by Brian Miller, USGS and NC CASC Research Ecologist, is now available online in the Landscape Ecology journal.



Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf to Speak at Alliances for Climate Action: Virtual Forum Series


James Rattling Leaf will be speaking at an upcoming talk as part of the Alliances for Climate Action: Virtual Forum Series, sponsored by the Resilient Nation Partnership Network, on October 20th from 12-2pm ET.



Event, Scientists

Brian Miller to Speak at Upcoming Talks at UNC and The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference


NC CASC and USGS Research Ecologist, Brian Miller, will be speaking at two upcoming events. The first, on October 26th, will be to a graduate seminar in ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Brian will present his background and current work. The second will be at The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference on November 3rd.


Science Spotlight

Spotlight: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Hosts Climate Change Summit in September


Read a summary of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Climate Change Summit held in September in the Spotlight Section on our website.


Scientists

Read Molly Cross's Blog Post in Current Conservation


NC CASC Consortium Partner Dr. Molly Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society, published a piece in the online magazine, Current Conservation, titled "Adapting the what, when, where, why and who of nature conservation to be more effective in a changing climate."


Announcement

Read the Latest Tribal Climate Newsletter


Read the October 2021 edition of the NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter.


Publications

Read the latest NC CASC publications


Read the latest NC CASC publications.


Publications

Read New Publication on the Resilience of Native Amphibian Communities


A new paper, "Resilience of native amphibian communities following catastrophic drought: Evidence from a decade of regional-scale monitoring," was recently published in Biological Conservation journal and was co-authored by NC CASC postdoc, Wynne Moss.


Scientists

NC CASC Welcomes Data Scientist, Ty Tuff


Dr. Ty Tuff is our friendly neighborhood data scientist. He is based in Earth Lab’s Analytics Hub where he helps members and affiliates of the lab process, analyze, and publish their hard-won data.



Scientists

NC CASC Welcomes Conservations Science Partners Postdoctoral Scientist, Wynne Moss


Wynne is an ecologist and conservation biologist interested in how wild populations respond to environmental stressors, including land use transformation, climate change, and infectious disease.


Webinar

NC CASC PI Shelley Crausbay to Present in NPS RAD Webinar on Bandelier NM TOMORROW!


An assumption of stationarity—i.e. “the idea that natural systems fluctuate within an unchanging envelope of variability”—underlies traditional conservation and natural resource management. This assumption is expressed in widespread reliance on ecological baselines to guide protection, restoration, and other management actions.


Webinar

Watch the latest Tribal Drought Webinar


The fourth in a series of Tribal Drought Webinars, hosted by NC CASC’s Tribal Resilience Liaison, Stefan Tangen, was held on September 30th and is now available to watch on YouTube.


Announcement

Welcome to the New Midwest CASC Host and Consortium!


The Midwest CASC is the ninth and final member to the CASC network. It will be hosted at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities that will lead a consortium of universities and natural resource organizations that are dedicated to advancing science in response to climate change in the Midwest.


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf and Brian Miller to Participate in Rising Voices Workshop


NC CASC’s consultant to the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, James Rattling Leaf, and Research Ecologist, Brian Miller are scheduled to participate in the virtual 9th Annual Rising Voices Workshop from September 29th- October 1st.


Event, Scientists

Brian Miller to Participate in IPBES Review of Draft Nature Futures Framework


USGS and NC CASC Research Ecologist, Brian Miller, will participate in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) review of the draft Nature Futures Framework.


Announcement

New Project on Management Decisions for Amphibians Fully Open


A new NC CASC-funded project, led by PI Amanda Kissel, is now fully open. The project, “A Framework for Guiding Management Decisions for Amphibians in an Uncertain Future,” will determine which amphibians in the North Central region of the U.S. are at the greatest risk from the effects of climate change.


Publications

NC CASC-USGS team members publish new paper, "Engaging with stakeholders to produce actionable science: a framework and guidance"


NC CASC-USGS team members Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, Amanda Cravens, Alisa Wade, and Renee McPherson (SC CASC) have published a new paper, "Engaging with stakeholders to produce actionable science: a framework and guidance" in Weather, Climate, and Society.


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf Helps Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Host Climate Change Summit, Several NC CASC Staff Presented


NC CASC’s consultant to the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, James Rattling Leaf, helped the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe organize and host a two-day Climate Change Summit on September 9-10th in Bismarck, North Dakota.


Webinar

Upcoming NCASC Webinar: Setting Habitat Protection and Restoration Priorities in a Warming World: Lessons From Wyoming


Join the National CASC for an upcoming webinar, “Setting Habitat Protection and Restoration Priorities in a Warming World: Lessons From Wyoming,” presented by Paul Dey and NC CASC CP Molly Cross at the Wildlife Conservation Society.


Scientists, Webinar

Imtiaz Rangwala Speaks at CIRES and DRI Webinar on Drought Tools


NC CASC’s Climate Science Lead, Imtiaz Rangwala, and his partners at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder (CIRES) and Desert Research Institute (DRI) discussed different drought tools for drought early warning and research on a webinar organized by NIDIS.


Announcement

DOI Signs a Major Tribal Water Compact


On Friday, September 17th, the Department of the Interior (DOI) signed off on a major tribal water rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana. The compact will work to improve tribal water infrastructure and is the largest tribal water rights settlement in history by total federal cost.


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: "Forest impacts on snow water resources: management and climate adaptation possibilities"


Most of the snow water resources that feed North America’s large rivers originate from forested land. Forest canopies greatly affect the snow on the ground. Forest cover intercepts snowfall that subsequently sublimates back to the atmosphere – a water resource that is never realized.


Announcement, Scientists

NC CASC's Edwards, Rangwala, Rattling Leaf, Tangen Contribute to Launch of U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit's New Section for the Northern Great Plains Region


In September 2021, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit announced the publication of a new Northern Great Plains Region section. The section features narratives, tools, case studies, and reports related to the impacts of climate change across the Northern Great Plains and information on how people can build resilience to them.


Publications

Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Report


The Status of Tribes and Climate Change (STACC) Report seeks to uplift and honor the voices of Indigenous peoples across the U.S. to increase understanding of Tribal lifeways, cultures, and worldviews, the climate change impacts Tribes are experiencing, the solutions they are implementing, and ways that all of us can support Tribes in adapting to our changing world.


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf Helps Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Host Climate Change Summit


NC CASC’s consultant to the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, James Rattling Leaf, helped the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe organize and host a two-day Climate Change Summit on September 9-10th in Bismarck, North Dakota.


Publications

NC CASC Publication on Drought Decision Making Highlighted by NCASC News Announcement


A recent news announcement by the National CASC highlighted a publication funded by the NC CASC, "A typology of drought decision making: Synthesizing across cases to understand drought preparedness and response actions."


General

NC CASC Welcomes New Communications Specialist, Ulyana Horodyskyj


The NC CASC welcomes our new Communications Specialist, Ulyana Horodyskyj. Ulyana is a geologist/glaciologist/climate change expert with extensive experience in science communication, as well as previous experience as a research associate.


Announcement

Read the Latest NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter


Read the September edition of the NC CASC Tribal Climate Newsletter.


Event, Scientists

Aparna Bamzai-Dodson to Speak at Upcoming INSTAAR Seminar


NC CASC USGS Deputy Director, Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, is scheduled to give an upcoming seminar at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) on September 20th at 12:00pm MT.


Publications

Read the latest NC CASC publications


Read the latest NC CASC publications.


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf to Speak at 2021 RNPN Annual Forum


James Rattling Leaf is scheduled to speak at the 2021 Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN) Annual Forum: Alliances for Climate Action.


Announcement

New Project on High-Mountain Snowpack Now Open


A new project, “Estimating future high-mountain snowpack to inform terrestrial and aquatic species status assessments, recovery plans, and monitoring” led by PI Ben Livneh at CU Boulder, and co-led by Jennifer Balch at the NC CASC is now fully open.


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf Sr to Speak at USGS National Imagery Summit


NC CASC's James Rattling Leaf will be speaking at USGS' National Imagery Summit: Landsat and Society, which will be held from August 31st to September 2nd.


Event, Webinar

Reminder! Upcoming JSC Listening Session on Grasslands


The NC CASC and USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub will hold a series of topic-based listening sessions with the Joint Stakeholder Committee (JSC) and their team members. The JSC provides guidance, coordination, and collaboration to these two unique but complementary entities and helps facilitate communication and awareness for federally funded climate research.


Scientists

Lisa Dilling Quoted in AP Article on Greely's Water Supply


NC CASC’s Adaptation Co-lead, Lisa Dilling, was quoted in an August article by AP about Greely, Colorado’s water supply.


Publications, Scientists

New article by Brian Miller, "Divergent, plausible, and relevant climate futures for near- and long-term resource planning" now available online


A new article by USGS Research Ecologist and NC CASC partner, Brian Miller, is now available online: "Divergent, plausible, and relevant climate futures for near- and long-term resource planning"


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf to Moderate Workshop at FOSS4G


James Rattling Leaf will moderate a workshop at the FOSS4G (Free and Open Source for Geospace) 2021 Annual International Gathering, "Building Relational & Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities" on September 28.


Announcement

Joint Fire Science Program Open Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)


The Joint Fire Science Program has posted Open Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs).


Announcement

Northern Great Plains 2022 Request for Proposals


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to conserve and restore grasslands and wildlife species in the Northern Great Plains.



General

NC CASC Welcomes Elsa Culler


Elsa Culler has joined the NC CASC as an Education Trainer. Elsa is a member of Earth Lab at CU Boulder and an instructor for the Earth Data Analytics - Foundations Professional Certificate.


Announcement, Scientists

Laura Edwards Featured in South Dakota Public Broadcasting’s, “The Moment”


NC CASC PI, Laura Edwards at South Dakota State University, was featured in the South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) radio show, “The Moment,” on July 29th.


Webinar

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.


Announcement, Publications

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 Summit, held on December 5th-7th, which promoted and discussed Indigenous-led innovation in earth observations.


Webinar

Join us for the July Tribal Climate Webinar


Join us for the next Tribal Climate Webinar on July 27th at 10:00am MT.



Announcement

Read the Latest Tribal Climate Newsletter


Read the July 2021 edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter.


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: Understanding and projection of space-time variability of summer hydroclimate and ecology in the United States


The southeast Prairie Pothole Region (SEPPR) is an important habitat in the northern Great Plains with millions of wetlands used by waterfowl, pheasants, deer, and many unique species that cannot be found elsewhere in the regional landscape. The region is highly sensitive to variations in climate, and it is projected to face climate changes in the future.


General, Scientists

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 assessment was included in Climate Toolbox’s Case Studies on their website. The case study shows how Imtiaz uses the Climate Toolbox to gather data in order to help FWS assess the potential impact of future climate on different species.


General, Scientists

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-authored an article that was featured in The Conversation on June 30th. The article, “Skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July, over 150 wildfire scientists urge the US West,” discussed record-dry levels and extreme fire danger that the US West currently faces and the dangers of fireworks on the 4th of July.


General, Scientists

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.


Scientists

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.


Publications

New Publications Supported by the NC CASC


Check out the list of recent publications that were supported by the NC CASC.


Job Opportunities

NC CASC Hiring a Communications Specialist!


The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) invites applications for a part-time Communications Specialist. This position will work closely with the NC CASC team to develop communication products that tell engaging stories about the science, education and outreach activities we do to help natural and cultural resource managers adapt to a changing world.


Announcement, Event

Register for our next Climate Data 101 in Python Workshop


Are you a resource manager or researcher interested in learning how to work with climate data in Python? If so, the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center and Conservation Science Partners invite you to register for a Climate Data 101 in Python Workshop.


General, Scientists

Jennifer Balch Quoted in AP Article on Fireworks


NC CASC University Director, Jennifer Balch, was quoted in a recent AP article on recent cautions in the West on firework use before July 4th celebrations amid a historic drought.


New Paper: Rapid assessment to facilitate climate-informed conservation and nature-based solutions


A new article from the Wildlife Conservation Society (@WCSAdapts), a North Central CASC Consortium Partner, and co-authored by PI Molly Cross, introduces a rapid assessment framework to make nature conservation more resilient to climate



Announcement, Webinar

Upcoming ESA Webinar: Guidelines for the Use of Traditional Knowledges


Join the Ecological Society of America (ESA) for their upcoming webinar on July 23rd at 12:00pm EST, "Guidelines for the Use of Traditional Knowledges."


Announcement, Webinar

Join us for the next Joint Stakeholder Committee (JSC) Listening Session on Grasslands


The NC CASC and USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub will hold a series of topic-based listening sessions with the Joint Stakeholder Committee (JSC) and their team members. The JSC provides guidance, coordination, and collaboration to these two unique but complementary entities and helps facilitate communication and awareness for federally funded climate research.


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD) Framework for Modern Natural Resource Management and Action


Strong climate trends and other modern human drivers effectively place ecosystems in new contexts with new challenges for managers and society. Mounting costs of restoring past conditions or even “holding the line” to preserve current conditions are increasingly likened to paddling upstream.


Announcement, Webinar

Join ITEP for a Virtual Climate Change Planning Course for Tribes


Join the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) for the virtual course, "Introduction to Climate Change Adaptation Planning (Western Region)," from August 9th-13th.


Scientists

Imtiaz Rangwala Quoted in The Guardian on Recent Heat Wave


Imtiaz Rangwala, the NC CASC’s Climate Science Lead, was quoted in an article in The Guardian, “Record-shattering heat wave bakes Western US, raising drought and fire concerns,” on June 18th.


Publications

Read Phil Higuera's Article on Rocky Mountain Wildfires


NC CASC Consortium Partner and PI Phil Higuera, at the University of Montana, recently wrote an article for The Conversation, “Rocky Mountain forests are burning more now than any time in the past 2,000 years.”


Announcement

Check out USGS' Land Treatment Exploration Tool


A new USGS tool, the "Land Treatment Exploration Tool" was just released as a part of a NC CASC-affiliated project, "Improving the Success of Post-Fire Adaptive Management Strategies in Sagebrush Steppe."


Announcement

Read the Latest Tribal Climate Newsletter


Read the June 2021 edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter.


Announcement

Three New Projects Fully Open at NC CASC


Three new projects, all with USGS PI's, are now up and running at the NC CASC. Information about each project can be viewed below.


Announcement, Scientists

Paper Co-Authored by Imtiaz Rangwala Receives SWCS Award


A paper co-authored by the NC CASC’s Climate Science Lead, Imtiaz Rangwala, was named the 2021 recipient of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation Editor’s Choice Award by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.


Webinar

Watch the Latest Tribal Webinar


Watch the latest tribal webinar, "Tribal Drought Conditions and Actions in the North Central," which discusses the updates and projections on drought conditions in the Missouri River Basin focused on Tribal lands.


Publications

New Paper Published on "Campfire Conversations" at Society for Range Management Annual Meeting


A new paper was published that discusses the lessons learned from the Campfire Conversations at the 2020 Annual Meeting for the Society for Range Management.


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: "Integrating Climate Change Projections with Breeding Waterfowl Habitat Models"


The Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) is recognized as one of the most productive areas for waterfowl in North America and is used by an estimated 50–80 % of the continent’s breeding duck population. The ongoing acquisition program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System has conserved approximately 1.3 million hectares of critical breeding-waterfowl habitat.


Announcement

NC CASC Tribal Outreach Featured in CIRES "Spheres" Magazine


The NC CASC's Tribal Climate Leaders Program (TCLP) was featured in the 2021 Edition of CIRES annual magazine, "Spheres." 


Publications

Read New Publications on Great Plains and Sagebrush-Steppe Communities


Three new papers, all funded by the NC CASC, are published and available online.


Announcement, Webinar

Join NC3 for Upcoming Climate Change Virtual Conference


Join the North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) for their upcoming virtual conference, Advanced Climate Change Topics: North Central Climate 201 from June 8th-10th.


Announcement

Upcoming ITEP Film Screening and Panel Discussion (Tuesday, June 1): Inhabitants - An Indigenous Perspective


We hope the shift into spring is bringing each of you so much wellness. Please join the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals and the Desert Research Institute for an upcoming film screening and panel discussion, featuring the documentary, Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective.


Announcement

Read the May Edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter


Read the May 2021 Edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter.


Publications

New Paper Published on Drought in the Upper Missouri Headwaters


A new paper was recently published in the Journal of Weather, Climate, and Society, "Integrating Ecological Impacts: Perspectives on Drought in the Upper Missouri Headwaters, Montana, United States."


Webinar

Upcoming GWC Webinar Featuring Deb Haaland and Joe Neguse


The Getches-Wilkinson Center at CU Law is hosting the webinar, "Land, Water, and People: The Natural Resource Priorities of the Biden Administration," on May 13th from 5:00-6:15pm MDT as part of their webinar series, "The Climate Justice Lens is Here to Stay."


Announcement

Join us in welcoming our new summer graduate research assistants!


The NC CASC is proud to announce our four new summer graduate research assistants, who will be helping NC CASC researchers with summer projects.


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf, Sr., to Participate at InterTribal Buffalo Council’s 2021 Annual Membership Meeting


James Rattling Leaf, Sr., will participate in the panel, “Planning for Drought and Resilience to Climate Change,” at the InterTribal Buffalo Council’s (ITBC) 2021 Annual Membership Meeting on June 4th.


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf, Sr., to Participate at American Water Resources Association Summer Conference


James Rattling Leaf, Sr., will participate in the panel, “Collaborative Approaches to the Use of Earth Observations in Indigenous Communities,” at the American Water Resources Association 2021 Virtual Summer Conference from July 19th-21st.


Scientists

Laura Edwards Featured in South Dakota State University Extension Drought Hour


On April 19th, NC CASC Consortium Partner, Laura Edwards, was featured in the South Dakota State University Extension Drought Hour.


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: "Grass-Cast: A grassland productivity forecast"


The Grassland Productivity Forecast or “Grass-Cast” uses over 30 years of historical data on weather and vegetation growth—combined with satellite NDVI data and seasonal precipitation scenarios—to predict if rangelands in individual ~6 mile x 6 mile areas are likely to produce above-normal, near-normal, or below-normal amounts of vegetation.


Announcement

NW CASC 2020 Ecological Transformation Deep Dive Products Available Online


The NW CASC organizes an annual Ecological Transformation Deep Dive to identify emerging climate risks. The Deep Dive convenes researchers, scientists, and students to assess the state of knowledge and practice associated with managing that risk.


Event

Three Centers Retreat Biannual Meeting Recap


On Wednesday, March 17, the leadership teams of the North Central CASC, NOAA's Western Water Assessment, and USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub met virtually for their bi-annual retreat.


Event, Scientists

Brian Miller to Present at IALE North America Annual Meeting


USGS Research Ecologist Brian Miller will give a conference presentation on new software developments that facilitate modeling interactions between wildlife and their environment.


Scientists, Webinar

Stefan Tangen to Participate on Panel in NPS Webinar: Navigating the Climate Adaptation Science Centers: A National Network of Climate Adaptation Support for Native Nations


From the expansion of invasive species to wildfire, from drought to sea-level rise, climate change creates new and evolving challenges for ecosystems across the nation. The USGS Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) are a partnership-driven program that teams scientific researchers with natural and cultural resource managers and local communities to help fish, wildlife, waters, and lands across the country adapt to changing conditions.


Announcement

WCS Climate Adaptation Fund Releases New Call for Proposals


NC-CASC Consortium Partner Wildlife Conservation Society has released a call for proposals for the Climate Adaptation Fund , which supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation actions designed to help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to a changing climate.


Event, Scientists

James Rattling Leaf, Sr., to give presentation at the Boulder Labs Diversity Council


On April 21st, James Rattling Leaf Sr., will give a presentation titled, “Engaging with Native American Communities: Mitakuye Oyasin” at the Boulder Labs Diversity Council.


Announcement

Read the April Edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter


Read the April edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter.


Publications

New Paper: The impact of production network economies on spatially-contiguous conservation—Theoretical model with evidence from the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region


A paper funded by the NC CASC was recently published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management titled, "The impact of production network economies on spatially-contiguous conservation—Theoretical model with evidence from the U.S. Prairie Pothole Region."


Webinar

Watch Stefan Tangen’s Latest Webinar Presentation, “Building Tribal Community Resilience: The Role of Nonprofits”


On March 31st, Stefan Tangen and Dr. Valerie A. Small, the National Program Director at Trees, Water, and People, gave the webinar presentation, “Building Tribal Community Resilience: The Role of Nonprofits”.


Scientists

Molly Cross Testifies at Hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Parks, Forests, and Public Lands


NC CASC Consortium Partner, Molly Cross, testified on a March 23rd, 2021 hearing of the House and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Parks, Forests, and Public Lands, on the role of federal programs in supporting natural climate solutions in the U.S.


Publications

New Multi-Agency Report on Sagebrush Conservation Features Two Members of the NC CASC


USGS released a new multi-agency report on sagebrush, "Sagebrush Conservation Strategy—Challenges to Sagebrush Conservation". Robin O'Malley (retired, NC CASC), Nicole DeCrappeo (NW/NC CASCs), and Stephen Jackson (SW/SC CASCs) were the co-conveners for the Chapter L Climate Adaptation writing team.


Scientists

Aparna Bamzai-Dodson Featured on USGS Instagram


USGS Deputy Director, Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, was featured on one of USGS’ Instagram accounts, @usgs_wild, where her position at the NC CASC and PhD were highlighted.


Webinar

Watch Our Latest Webinar on YouTube


The presentation recording from our latest webinar, "Our Changing Fire Regimes" on March 11th was posted to YouTube.


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: "Demographic uncertainty and disease risk drive climate-informed mountain goat management" Thursday, April 8th, 2021


Concerns about mountain goats have arisen in many areas in recent years. Climate change may negatively affect this alpine ungulate, and recent evidence indicates that mountain goats harbor respiratory pathogens associated with pneumonia epidemics in bighorn sheep.


Event, Scientists

Phil Higuera gives talk, “Colorado’s Record-Setting 2020 Fire Season in the Context of the Past 6000 Years”


On March 4th, PI Phil Higuera at the University of Montana, gave a talk for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies “Naturalists Nights” program called, “Colorado’s Record-Setting 2020 Fire Season in the Context of the Past 6000 Years.”


Job Opportunities

NC CASC Seeks Graduate Assistants for Summer 2021


The NC CASC is looking to hire three Graduate Research Assistants for summer 2021: Climate Data, Tools and Science Support Summer 2021 Graduate Research Assistant Grasslands Synthesis Summer 2021 Graduate Research Assistant Traditional Knowledge Synthesis Summer 2021 Graduate Research Assistant


Announcement, Scientists

Molly Cross Finished FY18 Project on Species of Conservation Concern Planning


NC CASC PI Molly Cross at the Wildlife Conservation Society finished her fiscal year 2018 project, “Enabling Climate-Informed Planning and Decision about Species of Conservation Concern in the North Central Region: Phase 2.


Publications

Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS) for Wind Cave National Park Published


The Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS) for Wind Cave National Park has just been published. It acknowledges the NC CASC partnership by Brian Miller, Max Joseph, Travis Williams, and Imtiaz Rangwala in supporting the effort.


Publications

New Paper: Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States


NC CASC Research Scientist, Kimberley Davis at the University of Montana, is listed as a co-author on a recent publication, "Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States," which was published in the Frontiers in Forests and Global Change journal.


Webinar

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


There are three ingredients needed for fire: fuel to burn, hot & dry conditions, and an ignition source. People are changing all three. The number of wildfires and the area burned has increased over the past several decades, in western U.S. forests by 1500%.


Announcement

Read the Latest Tribal Climate Newsletter


The March 2021 edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter has been released.



Publications

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.



Publications

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.


Scientists

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.


Publications

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.


Webinar

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, Climate-Induced Vegetation Transitions."


Scientists

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.


Event

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.


Webinar

University of Montana Partners Hold "Managing Post-fire Vegetation Under Climate Change" Workshop


NC CASC consortium partners, Phil Higuera and Kim Davis, University of Montana, held a workshop, "Managing Post-fire Vegetation Under Climate Change" on February 3-4, 2021 for land managers in the North Central region



Announcement

CU Professor, Regents Testify for In-state Tuition for American Indian Students with Colorado Ties


A CU professor, two regents, and alumni testified before the Colorado Senate Education Committee for a bill that would grant in-state tuition to members of American Indian nations with historical ties to Colorado. 



Webinar

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and Informational Webinar


The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Climate Change Program is hosting an informational webinar on Tuesday, March 2.


Announcement

Interior Announces Series of Tribal Consultations in Recognition of the Importance of Nation-to-Nation Relationship


The Department of the Interior announced today that it will host initial consultations with Tribal leaders next month. In addition to honoring and strengthening the nation-to-nation relationship, these steps will help ensure that future White House and Interior efforts at addressing the four converging crises of our time – COVID-19, economic security, racial justice and climate change – are inclusive of Tribal Nations’ priorities and recommendations.


Webinar

Western Water Assessment Webinar: Snowpack Monitoring in the Rocky Mountain West Webinar, Part 1: Observations


Join Western Water Assessment for Part 1 of a two-part webinar in which we share Snowpack Monitoring in the Rocky Mountain West: A User Guide. 


Publications

Release of Climate Change Report and Habitat Management Plan from Partnership Between Wildlife Conservation Society and Wyoming Game and Fish


A climate change workshop and other collaborative activities between Molly Cross, at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD), which was funded by the NC CASC, culminated in the release of two published plans.


Webinar

Watch Our Latest Webinar on YouTube


A recording of our latest webinar, "Drought, Wildfire, and Climate Change: From Scenarios to Real Life through the Eyes of a Scientist-Land Manager," and presented by Koren R. Nydick can be viewed on YouTube.


Announcement

Climate Futures Toolbox Featured in USGS Project Spotlight


The Climate Futures Toolbox (CFT) was featured in the latest USGS Project Spotlight online. The NC CASC partnered with the National Park Service to create the CFT, a user-friendly software program designed to make climate data more accessible for park managers.


Announcement

Read the Latest Tribal Climate Newsletter


Read the February 2021 edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter.


Announcement, Scientists

Christy Miller Hesed to Receive Awards


NC CASC Postdoc Christy Miller Hesed and her colleagues - Michael Paolisso, Elizabeth Van Dolah, and Katherine Johnson - are receiving two awards for their work on the Deal Island Peninsula Partnership at the Society for Applied Anthropology conference this March.


Webinar

Watch Anthony Ciocco’s Recent Webinar on Tribal Climate and Wildlife Management


Anthony Ciocco, NC CASC’s BIA Pathways Program Intern, presented the webinar, “Conceptual Models for Integration of Tribal Culture with Tribal Wildlife Management” in January.


Event, Webinar

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. to Present in Two Upcoming Webinars


James Rattling Leaf, Sr. will be presenting in two upcoming webinars.


Publications

New Paper: Human activities and weather drive contact rates of wintering elk


A new paper, "Human activities and weather drive contact rates of wintering elk" was recently published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. NC CASC's Geneva Chong co-authored the paper and the project was partially funded by the NC CASC.


Publications

New Paper: Climate resilient management in response to flash droughts in US Northern Great Plains


A new paper, "Climate resilient management in response to flash droughts in the US Northern Great Plains", funded by the NC CASC, has been published in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability by PI Dennis S Ojima.


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: "Drought, Wildfire, and Climate Change: From Scenarios to Real Life through the Eyes of a Scientist-Land Manager"


Scenarios are a great tool to examine possible climate futures, play out potential consequences, and identify preemptive actions to prepare for and adapt to changes.


Publications

New Publications on Fire and Rangelands and Pastures


Two new papers funded by the NC CASC were recently published.


Announcement

New FY20 Project, now live, Integrates Indigenous Knowledge and Paleoperspectives to Inform Climate Change Adaptation


NC CASC PI Shelley Crausbay will work directly with the Ute Mountain Ute decision-makers to combine traditional ecological knowledge with paleo-ecological records to explore past vegetation changes relevant to the stakeholder community.


Publications

Amanda Cravens and Robin O’Malley Co-Authors on Recent NPS Report


A new report titled Resist-Accept-Direct (RAD)—A Framework for the 21st-century Natural Resource Manager was recently published in the National Park Service Natural Resource Report series.


Announcement

The November/December 2020 issue of our newsletter is available online


The November/December 2020 issue of the NC CASC newsletter is available online.


Publications

Article in Nature: How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge


An article, "How to include Indigenous researchers and their knowledge" was published by Nature on January 12th.


Webinar

Shelley Crausbay Featured Speaker in Upcoming Ecological Drought Webinar Series


A four-part Ecological Drought National Webinar Series, hosted by NIDIS, USGS, and the NC CASC is taking place in February and March 2021. Shelley Crausbay, Conservation Science Partners and NC CASC, is speaking at the first of four webinars.


Event

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. Featured as Panelist at American Meteorological Survey 101st Annual Meeting


James Rattling Leaf, Sr. will be a panelist in the American Meteorological Survey (AMS) 101st Annual Meeting, which is taking place January 10-15th.


Announcement

Read the Latest Tribal Climate Newsletter


The January 2021 edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter was released.


Announcement

James Rattling Leaf, Robin O’Malley & Chad McNutt receive Rising Voices project funding award


Congratulations to James Rattling Leaf, Robin O’Malley and Chad McNutt who have been awarded seed funding from Rising Voices for their project "Enabling Tribal Data Sovereignty: Supporting Great Plains and Northern Rockies Tribes Data Needs".


Event

U.S. Representative Debra Haaland (Laguna Pueblo) added as keynote speaker to ATNI's National Tribal Leadership Climate Change Summit Session II: Tribal Climate Resiliency


ATNI Summit II


Webinar

Please join us for the next NC CASC webinar, "Revised Thinking on Adaptation: Will We be Less Successful than Assumed?"


In my early days of assessing climate change vulnerability and adaptation, I was relatively optimistic about the ability of the United States to adapt its “managed systems” to the projected climate change impacts. Managed systems have active human involvement such as management of coasts abutting settlements, water supplies, and flood management.


Announcement

Read the Latest Tribal Climate Newsletter


The December 2020 edition of the Tribal Climate Newsletter is released.


Scientists

Phil Higuera Gives Wildfire Talk at National Academies of Science Board in Agriculture and Natural Resources Public Session


On December 8th, NC CASC PI Phil Higuera gave an overview talk, “Past and Future Ecological Effects of Wildfire” in a 90-minute opening session of the National Academies of Science (NAS) Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources Public Session.


Announcement

New Drought Portal Highlighted at AGU's 2020 Press Briefing


During a press briefing for AGU 2020, Kelsey Satalino from CIRES/NIDIS highlighted the National Integrated Drought Information System's (NIDIS) Drought Portal (drought.gov).


Scientists

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. discusses tribal issues with regard to natural hazards and climate change in the "2020 Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change" panel presentation


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.


Job Opportunities

Earth Lab/USGS Data Science & Remote Sensing Internship


Earth Lab and the USGS are hiring a CU Boulder undergraduate Data Science & Remote Sensing Intern. The intern will work for the duration of the Spring 2021 semester (10-13 hours/week) and Summer 2021 (20-30 hours week) on a project delineating watersheds for small waterbodies with USGS 3DEP lidar data in Python.


Webinar

James Rattling Leaf Sr., to Speak at the GEO Indigenous Summit 2020


Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is holding the GEO Indigenous Summit 2020 virtually from December 7-9th. James Rattling Leaf Sr. will be speaking during the Opening Ceremony, and is moderating the COVID-19 and Education/Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer panels.


Job Opportunities

EROS Offers Two Postdoctoral Land Change Fellowships for 2021


The USGS Land Change, Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection (LCMAP) initiative is offering two Mendenhall Fellowships to improve its land change products.


Scientists

Watch James Rattling Leaf Sr.'s Latest CIRES Presentation


James Rattling Leaf Sr. gave a recent presentation for the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, called “Building Relational and Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities.”


Scientists

Imtiaz Rangwala Featured in KRDO Story About Colorado’s Record Fire Season


Climate Science Lead, Imtiaz Rangwala, was quoted in a November KRDO story, “How to rebuild after Colorado’s devastating wildfire season”.


Scientists

Link to Watch James Rattling Leaf Sr. in ADSA Annual Meeting Panel Now Available


On Friday, October 15th, James Rattling Leaf Sr. 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.


Announcement

USDA Announces Scholars Programs for Students at Historically Black and Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and Universities


Twenty-first century agriculture involves cutting-edge science, technology, business management – and you. Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces scholarships to help you build a career path in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and many more agriculture-related subjects.


Publications

NC CASC tribal partners participate in development of NIDIS' Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy for the Missouri River Basin & Midwest Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS)


In order to ensure the inclusion of indigenous perspectives in the implementation of our Drought Early Warning System (DEWS), NIDIS launched a Tribal Drought Engagement initiative in January 2019 in collaboration with the Masters of the Environment Program at University of Colorado-Boulder.


Publications

Stefan Tangen co-author on ATNI-led tribal review of the Congressional Action Plan on the climate crisis


The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) has released its Tribal Review of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis' Congressional Action Plan, co-authored by NC CASC Tribal Liaison, Stefan Tangen.


Announcement

CU Regents vote to approve in-state tuition status for out-of-state Indigenous peoples


At its regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 12, which was hosted remotely, the University of Colorado Board of Regents heard updates on financial aid and student debt, as well as efforts on the Boulder campus to improve the student experience.


Event

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. to present at NTGISC's 11th Annual National Tribal GIS Conference


NC CASC PI James Rattling Leaf, Sr. will present "Every Tribe has a Climate Story: Climate Assessment Planning on Tribal Lands in the Great Plains" on November 19.


Scientists

NC CASC welcomes Dr. Jilmarie Stephens


Dr. Jilmarie Stephens is a bio-micro-meteorologist studying plant-atmosphere interactions in a changing climate, from surface layer turbulence to ecosystem scale climate, carbon, and water fluxes.


Scientists

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. elected Chair, ESA Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Section


NC CASC PI James Rattling, Sr. has been elected Chair of ESA's Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Section. James will bring his knowledge and expertise to lead suggested activities with a theme of increased collaboration.


Publications

Small-Scale Droughts Limit Sagebrush Recovery After Wildfires


A new study supported by the Southwest, Northwest, and North Central CASCs found that a few days of water scarcity during critical growth periods dramatically limited post-fire sagebrush regeneration across the Great Basin.


Announcement

Climate Data 101 in Python workshop


The NC CASC hosted a fully remote Climate Data 101 in Python workshop for resource managers and climate scientists on Friday, October 30th, 2020.


Webinar

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. Featured in GEO Week 2020 Virtual Panel Discussion


On Friday, November 6th, James Rattling Leaf Sr., participated in a virtual panel as part of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Week 2020.


Webinar

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


Celebrate Native American Heritage month with James Rattling Leaf, Sr , Rosebud Sioux Tribe, University of Colorado-Boulder and Robert Newman, University of North Dakota from ESA’s Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section as we explore: What is Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)?


Announcement
Scientists

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. featured in article about digital NASA training for tribes


NC CASC PI James Rattling Leaf, Sr. was featured in a Space.com article: "With pandemic thwarting workshops, NASA training for tribes goes digital."


Webinar

CIRES Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Workshop with James Rattling Leaf


James Rattling Leaf Sr. will outline recommendations for working with Indigenous communities based on the knowledge that long term relationship building with these communities is the foundation upon which educational programs, research collaborations, and other initiatives must be co-created.


Event

Join us in celebrating National Bison Month!


NC CASC partner, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is working with the American Bison Society to celebrate National Bison Day on November 7th, an annual commemoration of the ecological, cultural, historical, and economic contribution of this icon.


Scientists

NC CASC Welcomes Christy Miller Hesed to the Grasslands Project


Christy Miller Hesed is an environmental anthropologist and conservation biologist whose work focuses on engaging diverse stakeholders in climate change adaptation planning.


Announcement

CU develops first systemwide Indigenous Lands Acknowledgement Statement


An initiative by the Board of Regents results in history-minded reflection.


Publications

New Paper- Linking surface and subterranean climate: implications for the study of hibernating bats and other cave dwellers


A new paper has been published in the journal, Ecosphere, called "Linking surface and subterranean climate: implications for the study of hibernating bats and other cave dwellers."


Announcement

New NC CASC Projects Are Live, Relating to Native Trout and Pinyon-Juniper Communities


Two new projects went live in late-October, “Assessing the Vulnerability of Native Trout in the Northern Rockies: Linking Science and Management for Climate Adaptation” and “Determining Successful Management and Restoration Strategies for Pinyon-Juniper Communities in the Face of Changing Climate and Wildfire.”


Publications

New Publication Addresses Climate Change and 2020 Fire Season


Consortium Partner, Phil Higuera at the University of Montana, co-authored a recent publication discussing climate change and the record-setting 2020 fire season, "Record‐setting climate enabled the extraordinary 2020 fire season in the western United States".


Publications

New Paper: Small-scale water deficits after wildfires create long-lasting ecological impacts


A new paper has been published, "Small scale water deficits after wildfires create long-lasting ecological impacts." This paper was funded by the NC CASC.


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: Will there still be snow in wolverine denning habitat in the 2050s? High resolution projections for two study areas in the Rocky Mountains


Persistent spring snowpack has been proposed to be an important factor to determine suitable habitat for wolverine, particularly for denning by pregnant females, based on correlative studies from the northern Rocky Mountains.


Publications

New Paper: Projections of Mountain Snowpack Loss for Wolverine Denning Elevations in the Rocky Mountains


A new paper co-authored by NC CASC's Imtiaz Rangwala was published today, "Projections of Mountain Snowpack Loss for Wolverine Denning Elevations in the Rocky Mountains."


Event

Upcoming Workshop: Dinosaur National Monument Scenario Planning


On October 28-29th, USGS NC CASC employees Brian Miller, Brecken Robb, and Danika Mosher, along with staff from the NPS Climate Change Response Program, NPS Biological Resources Division, and Scenario Insight, LLC, are co-facilitating a remote workshop.


Publications

Ecodrought Synthesis Paper Mentioned in NIDIS' Drought.gov


mtiaz Rangwala and Shelley Crausbay wrote a short article, "Ecological Drought Enters Unfamiliar Territory," for the National Integrated Drought Information System's (NIDIS) ecodrought publication.


Event

Climate Data 101 in Python Workshop - October 30


Are you a resource manager or researcher interested in learning how to work with climate data in Python? If so, the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center invites you to a Climate Data 101 in Python Workshop.


Announcement

SDSU One of Four Schools Chosen to Lead the Upper Missouri River Snowpack Monitoring System, Awarded $12.8 Million Contract


U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) and Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) today praised the news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded major contracts to four universities, including South Dakota State University, to establish a network of stations to monitor snowpack and soil moisture throughout the plains area of the Upper Missouri River Basin.


Scientists

Watch Imtiaz Rangwala's Guest Lecture at University of Wyoming


On September 15th, Imtiaz Rangwala gave a virtual guest lecture to a graduate class at the University of Wyoming, “Understanding and Quantifying Impacts of Regional Climate Change."


General

Survey for Resource Managers


Please consider supporting this effort and graduate student science by taking the following, anonymous, 10-minute survey.


Event

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. to speak at Environmental Law Institute Webinar


James Rattling Leaf, Sr. will be on a panel of speakers at an upcoming Environmental Law Institute webinar, "Swept Away: Safeguarding Tribal Cultural Heritage from the Impacts of Climate Change".


Publications

New Paper: Fire-catalyzed vegetation shifts in ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests of the Western United States


Consortium Partner, Phil Higuera, and Research Ecologist, Kim Davis, at the University of Montana are authors on a recently published paper that discusses findings of fire-catalyzed vegetation shifts in ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests.


Publications

New Paper- A new framework to map fine resolution cropping intensity across the globe: Algorithm, validation, and implication


A new paper, "A new framework to map fine resolution cropping intensity across the globe: Algorithm, validation, and implication," was recently published.


General

Read the ADSA Quarterly Newsletter


The Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) released their Quarterly Newsletter, which features updates on the Data Science Leadership Summit, the ADSA Annual Meeting, and event reminders.


Event

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day!


Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day! Right Relationship Boulder is co-sponsoring an exciting series of online events to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day from October 9th-12th.


Webinar

Western Water Assessment webinar: Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology, Part 3: Current Understanding of Processes, Patterns, and Variability


Join Western Water Assessment's Jeff Lukas and Liz Payton for a presentation about the fundamental features of the Colorado River Basin’s hydroclimate, their spatial and temporal variability, and the mechanisms behind that variability.


General

New NC CASC Project: Determining Successful Management and Restoration Strategies for Pinyon-Juniper Communities in the Face of Changing Climate and Wildfire


Pinyon-juniper woodlands are important ecosystems in the western U.S. that provide numerous critical environmental, economic, and cultural benefits.


Scientists

University of Montana partners Phil Higuera & Kim Davis talk wildfires, climate change in recent media interviews


NC CASC consortium partners Phil Higuera and Kim Davis from the University of Montana talk wildfires, climate change in recent media interviews.


Webinar

James Rattling Leaf, Sr. to host webinar: "Building Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities"


James Rattling Leaf, Sr.'s webinar is sponsored by The Boulder Labs Diversity Council.


Event

2020 National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference


Several members of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) participated in last week’s 2020 National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference.


Scientists

NC CASC welcomes USGS Data Steward Sarah Burton


Sarah Burton is a USGS Data Steward serving the North Central CASC as well as the South Central and Pacific Island CASCs. In her position, she is responsible for overseeing data management activities for all projects from their onset through publication.


Announcement

NC CASC partner South Dakota State University launches new Center of Excellence to advance bison research, knowledge


The future of America’s national mammal continued to brighten this week as officials from South Dakota State University, the National Bison Association and the National Buffalo Foundation formally launched the Center of Excellence for Bison Studies, to be headquartered at SDSU’s West River Research and Extension facility in Rapid City.


Publications

New article: Unfamiliar Territory: Emerging Themes for Ecological Drought Research and Management


NC CASC consortium partner, Shelley Crausbay (CSP) and Climate Science Lead, Imtiaz Rangwala, along with several others, have published an article in One Earth.


General

New film: "Holding Back the Snowpack"


A film, "Holding Back the Snowpack ," explores the suite of tools stakeholders in the Big Hole Valley are using to improve riparian habitat along the Big Hole River.


Scientists

Jennifer Balch makes the media rounds to talk wildfires, smoke, climate change


As large fires blaze across the landscape of the American west, NCCASC University Director Jennifer Balch has been fielding numerous media requests for her expertise in wildfire science.


Event

Workshop on climate change scenario planning for the Apostle Islands NP


From September 21-25, Brian Miller, NC CASC/USGS Research Ecologist, along with Danika Mosher and Brecken Robb from the NPS Climate Change Response Program and Denver Service Center, are co-facilitating a remote workshop on climate change scenario planning for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.


Publications

New publication: The role of economic returns in land use change: Evidence from farm-level data in the US Northern Great Plains


New publication on project funded by the NC CASC: M. Doidge, D. A. Hennessy, and H. Feng, “The role of economic returns in land use change: Evidence from farm-level data in the US Northern Great Plains."


General

High Plains Regional Climate Center survey on Climate Normals data


As you all may know, the current Climate Normals period is coming to an end soon. This means that an update will be developed and released in the not so distant future.


Announcement

Version 0.3.0 of the Climate Futures Toolbox (CFT) R package


The Climate Futures Toolbox (CFT) R package which provides easy and robust access to MACA climate data has reached version 0.3.0.


Publications

Recent publications by NC CASC principal investigators focus on flash drought, fires


Recent publications by NC CASC principal investigators focus on flash drought, fires (not funded by the NC CASC).


Announcement

NC CASC partners awarded NOAA-NIDIS "Coping with Drought" Initiative funding


NC CASC consortium partners Shelley Crausbay, Conservation Science Partners, and Molly Cross, Wildlife Conservation Society, have been awarded funding by the NOAA Climate Program Office's Coping with Drought in Support of NIDIS Initiative


Publications

New paper: 2,200-Year tree-ring and lake-sediment based snowpack reconstruction for the northern Rocky Mountains highlights the historic magnitude of recent snow drought


This paper was part of the project "Characterizing Historic Streamflow to Support Drought Planning in the Upper Missouri River Basin:  Paleohydrologic Resources for Drought Planning and Improved Operations in the Upper Missouri River Basin", funded by the NC CASC.


Event

NEDTalks to feature James Rattling Leaf, Sr.


For DataFest 2020, we’re exploring the interconnectivity of data collection, analysis, and cultural diversity with an expansive lineup of speakers during the fall. Please join us for talks on the interdisciplinary possibilities of NOAA data, which include the topics of environmental law, data sovereignty, epidemiology, and social justice.


General

NC CASC Hires New Graduate Research Assistant, Danika Mosher


The NC CASC is proud to welcome a new research assistant, Danika Mosher. She will assist with scenario planning and ecological response modeling to meet the needs of the National Park Service, and other DOI and tribal partners.


Announcement

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians announces Youth Video Contest focused on climate change and the environment


Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, host of the Northwest CASC Tribal Liaison, announces Youth Video Contest focused on climate change and the environment.


General

Jennifer Balch featured on KUNC podcast, Colorado Edition: Feeling the Heat


NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch talks wildfires and climate change on KUNC's Colorado Edition: Feeling the Heat.


General

How Bad is the Smoke? Current Fires and Air Quality Resources: Top 10 ways to get up-to-date information on fires and air quality


NC CASC team members partnered with Earth Lab and CIRES partners to compile a list of resources on current fires and air quality.


General

CPR News: Colorado Wildfires Are Climate Change ‘In The Here And Now’ — And A Sign Of Summers To Come


NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch quoted in CPR News, "Colorado Wildfires Are Climate Change ‘In The Here And Now’ — And A Sign Of Summers To Come".


Scientists

AP News: Science Says: Climate change, people stoke California fires


NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch is quoted in AP News article about climate change, California wildfires.


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: People, Nature, and Future Climate: Developing prioritized climate adaptation actions through a stakeholder driven process in southwest Colorado


The next NC CASC webinar series is titled, "People, Nature, and Future Climate: Developing prioritized climate adaptation actions through a stakeholder driven process in southwest Colorado."


Publications

Executive Summary Released for Mountain Goat Project


NC CASC’s Imtiaz Rangwala worked with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on a Structured Design Making Process to develop recommendations for the future management of mountain goats in the state.


Event

NC CASC Hosts Tribal Climate Leaders Program Welcome Event


On August 11, the NC CASC held a virtual event to welcome the Tribal Climate Leaders to CU. This event was designed to allow the four incoming and one returning graduate students to introduce themselves to each other and to the wider NC CASC community, and for us to introduce the students to some of the additional programs and resources on campus to support their scholarly, professional, and personal growth.


Publications

New Publications from NC CASC Projects


Several papers were recently published from NC CASC projects.


Announcement

LERI Tool Featured in "Dry Times"


Landscape Evaporative Response Index (LERI), a tool used to remotely-sense high-resolution information of the evaporative response from the land in near real time, is featured in the August 13th edition of Dry Times, a bi-monthly newsletter from NIDIS.


General

NC CASC Hires New Research Assistant, Brecken Robb


The NC CASC is proud to welcome a new research assistant, Brecken Robb. She will serve as a resource for the National Park Service's Climate Change Response Program in the development of climate-resource scenarios.


Event

Three Centers Summer 2020 Virtual Meeting & Retreat


On July 22-23, NC CASC team members joined colleagues from NOAA, DOI and USDA to participate in the virtual, semi-annual Three Centers Retreat. The objective of the this event is to bring together staff from regional climate efforts that are headquartered in the Front Range and are working on climate issues in the Northern Rockies and northern Great Plains.


Job Opportunities

NC CASC Seeks Postdoc for Grasslands Project


The NC CASC is seeking a postdoc for the new Grasslands Project.


Publications

USGS Releases New Report on Ecological Forecasting


NC CASC's Brian Miller and Imtiaz Rangwala, along with other USGS researchers, are co-authors in a new report, "Ecological Forecasting—21st Century Science for 21st Century Management".


Event

Snow Collider Workshop: Future Projections of Snow


On June 11, 2020, the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, in coordination with CU Boulder Earthlab and CIRES and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, hosted a Snow Collider virtual workshop, that brought snow data modellers and natural resource managers together to discuss and iterate on snow-related data and information needs, model limitations, and next steps for modeling future snow projections.


Scientists

Full-court suppress: Land managers anticipate pivot to 'fast and furious' wildfire strategy in light of COVID-19


Phill Higuera, University of Montana Associate Professor of Fire Ecology and NC CASC consortium partner, discusses potential COVID19 impacts on fire management during the 2020 fire season in an article featured in the Montana Free Press.


General

NC CASC Welcomes Jane Wolken as Program Manager


Jane Wolken is a forest ecologist that works at the nexus of climate science research, program coordination and communication.


Announcement

NC CASC Launches Tribal Climate Leaders Program


The NC CASC is pleased to announce the launch of the Tribal Climate Leaders Program that will support Native American students pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder in fields related to climate adaptation science.


Announcement

Rosebud Sioux Tribe to Create North America's Largest Native Owned and Managed Bison Herd


"Economic Arm of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Works With World Wildlife Fund and Department of the Interior To Create Historic Public Private-Partnership For Plains Bison Restoration"


Webinar

NC CASC Webinar Series: Post-fire conifer regeneration in a changing climate


Managers tasked with maintaining forest ecosystems and the services they provide are challenged by the combined impacts of increasing wildfire activity and more stressful post-fire climate conditions.


Webinar

Save the Date! NC CASC announces new webinar series starting July 9


The NC CASC is excited to announce the launch of a new webinar series that will highlight ongoing research from the seven state NC CASC network, as well as feature topics of critical importance to natural resource managers and other stakeholders within the NC CASC region.


Job Opportunities

NC CASC Seeks Postdoc for Wildfire Research


The NC CASC is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct wildfire research, "Understanding and Managing Changing Wildfire Risk".


Announcement

New Project: Anticipating Forest Vulnerability to Fire-Catalyzed Ecosystem Change


Principal Investigator Dr. Phil Higuera at University of Montana is leading a new project, “Anticipating forest vulnerability to fire-catalyzed ecosystem change.”


Announcement

USGS Project Proposals Selected, Details Coming Soon


In November 2019, the USGS released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to members of the NC CASC consortium or USGS scientists for proposed science projects related to high-priority natural or cultural resource management issues that can benefit from science to support climate-informed planning and adaptation management.


Publications

Blog Post for New Paper About Fire as a Fundamental Ecological Process


A new paper, “Fire as a Fundamental Ecological Process: Research Advances and Frontiers” (co-authored by Phil Higuera and Jennifer Balch) was recently covered in the Journal of Ecology’s Blog.


Scientists

NC CASC welcomes Nicole DeCrappeo as new USGS Director


Nicole DeCrappeo is the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Director of the Northwest and North Central Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) and brings a strong research background, proven leadership skills and a deep commitment to advancing the state of climate adaptation science and practice.


Announcement

USGS hires NAGT summer intern


USGS has hired Indigo Bannister, a masters student at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as a virtual summer intern, starting in June.


Webinar

Upcoming Webinar: Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology State of the Science


Join Western Water Assessment's Jeff Lukas and Liz Payton for an overview of the recently released report, "Colorado River Basin Climate and Hydrology: State of the Science," followed by Q&A.


Scientists

Interview with James Rattling Leaf Sr: How the Earth Observation Community can learn from Indigenous Peoples and a Lakota worldview


James Rattling Leaf Sr., the NC CASC's Consultant to the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, was interviewed by Diana Mastracci for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).


Publications

New research uses tree ring data to assess drought severity in the Missouri River Basin


A newly-published article, partially funded by the North Central CASC and co-authored by Alaska CASC scientists Stephen Gray and Jeremy Littell, examined data collected from tree-rings to reconstruct historic natural streamflows and aid drought management and adaptation planning efforts in the Upper Missouri River Basin.


Announcement

NC CASC and Earth Lab release Drought Index Portal


NC CASC and Earth Lab have recently released the Drought Index Portal (DrIP) through the University of Colorado, Boulder. DrIP is a web analytic resource to display, compare, and extract time series for various indicators of drought in the contiguous United States.


Announcement

New R package: Climate Futures Toolbox


The NC CASC has released a new R package, Climate Futures Toolbox, with the goal to provide easy access to downscaled climate projections data (MACA) to support climate change analysis and scenario planning.


Job Opportunities

NC CASC seeks National Park Service Research Assistant


The NC CASC is looking to hire a National Park Service Research Assistant.


Publications

Western Water Assessment releases major report on state of the science and practice for the Colorado River


Western Water Assessment Director and NC CASC PI Lisa Dilling, along with fellow scientists at Western Water Assessment, released a major report on the state of the science and practice for the Colorado River.


Event

Upcoming workshop: Scenario planning in Dinosaur National Monument


NC CASC scientists Brian Miller and Imtiaz Rangwala are currently preparing for an upcoming virtual workshop, May 5-6.


Publications

Monitoring and Predicting Drought on our Grasslands


An article, "Monitoring and Predicting Drought on our Grasslands" by NC CASC scientist Imtiaz Rangwala has been featured in Grasslands News, the USDA’s National Grasslands Council’s Spring 2020 Newsletter.


Publications

New publication: Advances in Remote Sensors For Earth Observation and Modeling of Earth Processes


USGS scientist Gabriel Senay and others have published a paper on the operational global actual evapotranspiration (ET) product that has been used by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network for use in drought monitoring and early warning applications since 2014.


Scientists

New Project: Synthesis of Climate Impacts and Adaptation on Grassland Ecosystems in the Northern Great Plains


Heather Yocum, NC CASC Stakeholder Engagement & Communications Lead, has launched a new project on the climate impacts and adaptations on grassland ecosystems in the Northern Great Plains.


Publications

State of knowledge on pinyon-juniper communities


The USGS has released a new handout on the state of knowledge on pinyon-juniper (PJ) communities.


Announcement

CSP’s Priya Nanjappa appointed to serve on the Wildlife Stamp Habitat Committee in CO


Priya Nanjappa, Director of Operations, Conservation Science Partners (CSP) was recently appointed by Colorado Governor Jared Polis to serve on the Wildlife Stamp Habitat Committee for the state of Colorado.


Announcement

Funding opportunity: WCS Climate Adaptation Fund 2020 Request for Proposals


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is pleased to announce a new round of grantmaking through its Climate Adaptation Fund, a program that supports projects that implement effective interventions for wildlife and ecosystem adaptation to climate change.


General

Regional CASC research displayed in new Ecodrought Story Map


A new Story Map is now available that summarizes CASC work on ecological drought and highlights the products that have resulted from this initiative.


Event

NC CASC Scientists to present at Rocky Mountain National Park 2020 Biennial Research Conference


NC CASC scientists Brian Miller (USGS) and Imtiaz Rangwala (CU-Boulder) will present at the 2020 Rocky Mountain National Park 2020 Biennial Research Conference, March 10-11.


Event

2020 National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference


The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) has announced the 2020 National Tribal & Indigenous Climate Conference.


Event

Save the Date: GPTWA 2020 Spring Water Conference


The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance has announced its 2020 spring water conference, to be held April 15 - 16.


Publications

Draft for Partner Review: North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Tribal Engagement Strategy (2019-2024)


A revised draft of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center Tribal Engagement Strategy (2019-2024), updated 1/20/2020, is available for review.


Publications

New paper on adaptive cattle management in a changing climate


Researchers from CSU’s Center for Collaborative Conservation and other authors, including NC CASC’s Imtiaz Rangwala, discuss adaptive cattle management for healthy soils and increased carbon storage.


Publications

Report: Climate Change Scenario Planning for Resource Stewardship: Applying a Novel Approach in Devils Tower National Monument


NC CASC ecologist, Brian Miller, partnered with NPS to publish a report on scenario planning as a climate change adaptation tool in Devils Tower National Monument. One of the first of its kind, it worked with NPS to develop a Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS).


Publications

National Park Service staff, with support from NC CASC, outline how protected places can adapt to a changing climate


NPS and NC CASC have been collaborating to forward climate-informed park planning. NPS staff outline “Repeatable approaches to work with scientific uncertainty and advance climate change adaptation in US national Parks” in the January edition of Park Stewardship Forum.


Publications

New paper synthesizes best available science on pinyon-juniper communities


USGS scientist Jessica Hartsell and colleagues published “Gaps and hotspots in the state of knowledge of pinyon-juniper communities” in Forest Ecology and Management in January 2020.


Publications

USGS researchers and colleagues identify potential maladaptive climate response in riparian systems


USGS researchers, looking to understand how climate may affect riparian tree regeneration, outline how warming temperatures may lead to asynchrony in the timing of riparian seed release compared to when there is either sufficient moisture or when there are areas free from flood scour necessary for successful recruitment.


Publications

NC CASC funds a year full of impactful research in 2019


In addition to numerous reports and fact sheets, at least 15 articles in high-impact journals were published in 2019 that were in part funded by the NC CASC.


Job Opportunities

NC CASC seeks Program Manager


The NC CASC is seeking a Program Manager.


Announcement

Apply for the 2020 Science to Action Fellowship!


The National Climate Adaptation Science Center will be accepting Statements of Interest for the 2020 Science to Action Fellowship through January 31, 2020.


Scientists

NC CASC Collaborting with NPS to Develop RSS for Yellowstone National Park's Northern Range


NC CASC ecologist Brian Miller is collaborating with NPS Denver Service Center, Climate Change Response Program, and park staff to develop a climate-informed Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS) for Yellowstone National Park's Northern Range.


Announcement

NC CASC Announces FY20 Funding Opportunity


This solicitation invites proposals for projects to be initiated in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 for the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) that inform high-priority natural or cultural resource management issues that can benefit from climate-informed planning and adaptation management.


General

NC CASC posts update to Strategic Science Plan draft


The NC CASC has posted an update to its Strategic Science Plan draft.


General

SERDP Announces Funding Opportunity for FY2021


The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development in the Resource Conservation and Resiliency program area.


Announcement

Project Examines Emerging Challenges Related to Climate Change, Disease, and Wildlife Health


The USGS National Wildlife Health Center, in partnership with the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Center Network, is leading a one-year project to understand and prepare for emerging challenges related to fish and wildlife health, disease, and climate change across North America.


Event

Save the Date! 8th Annual Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences Workshop


We are pleased to announce that the 8th annual Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences workshop will be held in Lummi Territory from April 29—May 1, 2020, in partnership with Lummi Nation and the Northwest Indian College.


Announcement

leri R drought data tool now available on Comprehensive R Archive Network


The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is happy to announce that the leri R package, which facilitates access to the NOAA Landscape Evaporative Response Index (LERI) data product, is now on the Comprehensive R Archive Network.


Event

GPTWA announces 2019 Fall Water Conference


The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance and the Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association present the 2019 Fall Water Conference, "Protecting Tribal Water and Lands: Vision and Planning to adapt to a Changing Climate."


Scientists

NC CASC welcomes new Research Coordinator, Alisa Wade


The NC CASC welcomes Dr. Alisa Wade to our team as our new research coordinator. Alisa is a conservation planner and scientist, trained at the intersection of physical, ecological, and social science, with a particular interest in bridging the gap between science and management by creating tools and resources for conservation planning.


Scientists

NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch comments on "the Smokey Bear effect"


NC CASC Director Jennifer Balch comments on "the Smokey Bear effect" as Smokey celebrates 75th birthday.


Scientists

NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch speaks at U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Climate Crisis


Congressional hearing on campus highlights CU Boulder climate change leadership.


Announcement

NC CASC Announces Tribal Climate Leaders Graduate Degree Program


The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center is seeking applications from students affiliated with the 31 federally recognized tribes in the North Central region (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, or Colorado) who are interested in completing a Master's degree at the University of Colorado Boulder on a topic related to climate adaptation science.


General

Drought & Change in the Mancos Watershed


"Drought & Change in the Mancos Watershed", a research brief for planners and managers in the Mancos River Valley in southwest Colorado, was produced by the Mountain Studies Institute and included input from NC CASC partners.



Announcement

Meet NC CASC/BIA Pathways Program Intern, Jordan Matula


Jordan Matula has joined the NC CASC team as a BIA Pathways Program intern. Jordan is a junior at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), where she is combining her passions by majoring in biology and minoring in Native American studies.


Event

NC CASC Leads Climate Workshops with Tribes of the Lower Missouri River


Members of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) organized and facilitated the Building Resilience with Tribal Technical Teams workshop hosted by the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska on June 18 and 19, 2019.


Publications

EROSPublication - Long-Term (1986–2015) Crop Water Use Characterization over the Upper Rio Grande Basin of United States and Mexico Using Landsat-Based Evapotranspiration


The evaluation of historical water use in the Upper Rio Grande Basin (URGB), United States and Mexico, using Landsat-derived actual evapotranspiration (ETa) from 1986 to 2015 is presented here as the first study of its kind to apply satellite observations to quantify long-term, basin-wide crop consumptive use in a large basin.


Publications

Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Storage Change Characteristics (2003–2016) over Major Surface Basins and Principal Aquifers in the Conterminous United States


In this research, we characterized the changes in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) monthly total water storage anomaly (TWSA) in 18 surface basins and 12 principal aquifers in the conterminous United States during 2003–2016.


Event

Consortium Partners meet in Boulder


The NC CASC Annual Consortium Partner was held on June 4th at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Representatives from the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance, Conservation Science Partners, South Dakota State University, the University of Montana, and Wildlife Conservation Society met with NC CASC.


Announcement

Meet NC CASC Intern, Rebecca Reath


NC CASC intern Rebecca Reath is a senior at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, with a concentration in Biological and Geospatial Sciences. She will be assisting the NC CASC and the CASC network.


Announcement

Meet NC CASC Intern, Tori Pfaeffle


Tori Pfaeffle joined the NC CASC as an intern in June. Tori received her Master of Arts in International Studies, with a concentration in international development and Latin American studies from the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, in 2018.


Announcement

North Central CASC Receives Funding from the Community for Data Integration (CDI) for New “Climate Scenarios Toolbox”


With support from the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI), researchers at the North Central CASC will develop and implement an efficient and robust “Climate Scenarios Toolbox."


Scientists

Meet NC CASC Intern, Noah Williams


Noah Williams recently joined the NC CASC as an intern to work with the NC CASC's Tribal Resilience Liaison, Stefan Tangen.



Event

Joint Stakeholder Committee Meeting


On June 25-26, the North Central CASC (NC CASC), along with the USDA Northern Plains Regional Climate Hub (Hub), will convene the Joint Stakeholder Committee, JSC, on the CU campus in Boulder, CO.


Scientists

NC CASC Education Lead Leah Wasser Receives Open Educator Award


Leah Wasser is the recipient of the 2019 CU Boulder Open Educator Award from the CU Student Government and the University Libraries.



Announcement

NC CASC Announces 2018 Projects


The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce the following fiscal year 2018 projects funded via the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center:
 



Scientists

NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch to be featured in PBS Nova episode, "Inside the Megafire"


NC CASC University Director Jennifer Balch will be featured in the Nova special, "Inside the Megafire", airing on PBS on May 8.



Announcement

National Adaptation Forum Honors North Central CASC USGS Director Robin O'Malley


Robin O’Malley, USGS Director of the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) was honored by the National Adaptation Forum and its sponsoring organization, EcoAdapt, for lifetime achievement in the field of climate change adaptation.


General

New Product Showcases Implications of Climate Scenarios for Badlands National Park Resource Management


One of the biggest challenges facing resource managers today is not knowing exactly when, where, and how climate change effects will unfold.



Event

NC CASC members to present at National Adaptation Forum


Several members of the NC CASC will present at the National Adaptation Forum in Madison, WI, April 23-25:

 



Event

Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance Board meets with NC CASC members, others at CU Boulder


On December 19, 2018, The Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance Board traveled to Boulder to discuss opportunities for engagement with other CU and Boulder-area groups interested in working with the GPTWA, NC CASC, and indigenous communities.


Job Opportunities

Applications now being accepted for the USGS NCASC Science to Action Fellowship Program


The Science to Action Fellowship is provided through a partnership between the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) and Michigan State University (MSU).



Event

Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance to meet with NC CASC teams in Boulder


Members of the Great Plains Tribal Water Alliance Board will travel to Boulder to meet with NC CASC teams on December 19 to discuss synergistic opportunities.



Announcement

NC CASC USGS Deputy Director to chair session at American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.


NC CASC USGS Deputy Director Aparna Bamzai-Dodson will chair the session "PA14B: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Drought and Drought Decisions" at the American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting.


Event

CASC Presentations at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting


Scientists from the NC CASC will present at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting


Event

CIRES Special Seminar: Dr. Jennifer Balch, "The Human Imprint on Modern Fire Regimes"


Dr. Balch's research aims to understand the patterns and processes that underlie disturbance and ecosystem recovery, particularly how people are shifting fire regimes and the consequences. There are three ingredients needed for fire: fuel to burn, hot & dry conditions, and an ignition source.


Announcement

CU Boulder to Host Federal Climate Adaptation Science Center


The U.S. Geological Survey has selected a University of Colorado Boulder team to host the North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center for the next five years, in a move that will foster both innovation and applied research, said new University Director Jennifer Balch.