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  • 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.  


NYT leaks Climate Science Special Report

The final clearance draft of the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) that was prepared for the Fourth U.S. National Climate... more

Climate profiles tailored to communities

To address demand for climate information that is useful for adaptation planning and decision-making, a group at the... more

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