The NC CASC has kicked off its Strategic Science Plan process:


11/25/19: NC CASC Strategic Science Plan (draft update)

6/24/19: North Central CASC Strategic Science Plan (draft)

12/20/17: Strategic planning update and funding discussion (YouTube)

8/17/17: Kick off webinar


The North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (NC CASC) is one of eight regional centers created by the US Department of Interior under the USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) to help meet the changing needs of land and resource managers. The North Central region includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. The NC CASC was designed to provide resource managers with the latest data, tools, and knowledge on the impacts of and adaptation to climate change to support adaptation and management decisions.

The NC CASC was stood up in 2011 and developed an initial science agenda for the years 2012-2017. This agenda, as well as annual and five-year progress reports and a report from an external evaluation team commissioned by NCASC, all detail the history and process of the NC CASC. We are now beginning a multi-stage science strategic planning process to cover the period of 2018 and beyond. As this process unfolds, we will post progress and additional information on this page.

Steps within this process will include:

  • Soliciting input via a survey on strategic land and resource management issues and problems federal, state, and tribal managers currently face in the north-central US
  • Conducting follow up interviews and listening sessions to identify specific priority issues requiring scientific research or synthesis to enable climate-informed planning
  • Evaluating previously funded projects to examine whether science outputs have proven useful and usable to stakeholders

This process will be open for public comment and input. Your guidance will help us tailor our future activities and help us provide the highest quality of service to you as possible. To contribute, contact the NC CASC’s Deputy Director, Aparna Bamzai.