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. These RCAs include key elements of collaborative climate adaptation science, including co-production by stakeholders and researchers, status and vulnerability assessments, and identification of challenges and solutions for the given topic.

Each RCA project is led by a team that includes NC CASC research scientists and graduate research assistants (GRAs). The Summer 2024 RCAP topics and teams are: 


  • Ecological Transformations in Sagebrush Ecosystems: Imtiaz Rangwala (NC CASC Lead), Kyra Clark-Wolf (NC CASC Co-Lead), Christy Miller Hesed (NC CASC Co-Lead), Katie Bardsley (GRA) and Lauren Lee Barrett (GRA)
  • Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument: Kyra Clark-Wolf (NC CASC Co-Lead), Imtiaz Rangwala (NC CASC Co-Lead) and Andrew Veselka (GRA)
  • Supporting the Biodiversity and Climate Change National Assessment: Laura Dee (CU Lead) and Anna LoPresti (GRA)
  • Tribal Planning Processes: Janna Black and Kynser Wahwahsuck (BIA Tribal Resilience Liaisons), Heather Yocum (NC CASC Lead) and Shelby Ross (GRA)
  • Synthesis of wildlife disease management under a changing climate: Wynne Moss (USGS and NC CASC Lead), Kimberly Szcodronski (Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, State Wildlife Action Plan Lead, Heather Yocum (NC CASC administrative) and Kyle Schutz (GRA)
  • Downscaled NCA5 Key Messages for Practitioners in the North Central Region: Hailey Robe (NC CASC program assistant), Jane Wolken (NC CASC), Imtiaz Rangwala (NC CASC), Ulyana Horodyskyj Peña (NC CASC), Corrie Knapp (University of Wyoming) 


Rapid Climate Assessment Program

More information to come.