The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) is made up of a federal-university partnership.
Climate change is creating novel challenges for managing our natural and cultural resources. The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) is helping the Northwest adapt to climate change by providing natural resource managers and policy-makers with relevant and accessible science on climate change impacts and adaptation actions.
The NW CASC was established by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) in 2010 to help safeguard the region's natural and cultural resources by providing managers and policy-makers across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Western Montana with timely, relevant, accessible climate science. The NW CASC is one of eight regional DOI Climate Adaptation Science Centers across the country coordinated through the U.S. Geological Survey's National Climate Adaptation Science Center. The CASCs are deeply rooted in federal-university partnerships. Each CASC is hosted by a public university and is composed of a multi-institution consortium. Download the NW CASC's brochure here.
The NW CASC is hosted by the University of Washington and is made up of a consortium of universities including Boise State University, University of Montana, Washington State University and Western Washington University. These universities function as part of the collaborative network that defines the NW CASC. This involves working closely with federal, state, and tribal entities, including those responsible for managing and protecting the land, water, and natural resources of the Northwest, to develop actionable climate science. These partnerships ensure access to a broad range of scientific expertise, production of high-quality science, and sharing of funds, resources, and facilities. University involvment also allows the CASCs to introduce students to the innovative approach of "co-producing" science, in which scientists and deicison-makers work closely together to ensure scientific research and products are usable and directly address real-world problems.