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  • Bridging the gap between science and decision-making

  • Managing risk in a complex, interdisciplinary context

  • Finding synergies between adaptation and mitigation

  • Preparing for transformational change and weather and climate extremes


A new website focused on Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation,, has been developed by CCASS and the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center. 


Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and evangelical Christian, is known for her work on regional climate impacts and for sharing her research with faith-based... More

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CCASS/NNCAP welcomes Valerie Small!

Dr. Valerie Small (Apsaalooke'-Crow) has joined the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program as an Assistant Research Scientist. Dr. Small will be working with Tribes in the Southwest Region in collaboration with CCASS and NNCAP within the Institute of the Environment as well as the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC). She will develop and deliver educational training modules to increase their environmental technical capacity in preparing for, as well as predicting near-term/future effects of climate change.

Prior to joining the UA, Valerie was a training consultant with Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab (NREL), working with the North Central Climate Science Center. Her experience includes developing and conducting training and research to support North American Indigenous Tribes adaptation planning efforts to prepare for the effects of a warming climate.  


Climate Change and You! Listen to the Podcast

Green Connections Radio recently interviewed CCASS Director Kathy Jacobs about climate change impacts and adaptation options... more

Science article advocates ongoing ecosystem assessment

A Policy Forum piece just published in Science and which advocates a national, sustained U.S. ecosystem assessment... more

CCASS's Marchand wins "40 Under 40" award

CCASS Project Coordinator Chad Marchand has been selected to receive the “Native American 40 Under 40” award from the National... more


Thursday, April 27, 2017
USACE's lead climate scientist to speak

Jeff Arnold, the lead climate scientist at the US Army Corps of Engineers, will talk at UA on 4/27 on "Decision Support for... more