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Mission / Vision | CCASS


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

About Us

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.  

Mission / Vision

The mission of CCASS is to strengthen and support adaptation, risk management and resilience efforts at multiple scales by providing intellectual leadership, training, and engagement with a focus on solutions. Our vision is a more resilient world that incorporates science into sound management choices in the context of global change. We aim to become a nationally and internationally recognized hub in a network of adaptation activities and to help link research-based knowledge, the information needs of managers, and decision-making.

With a broad array of existing programs and capacities, and a faculty that is widely recognized for its scientific excellence, CCASS at the University of Arizona (UA) provides a set of integrated adaptation services and tools that can support both science applications and further use-inspired research. The UA is uniquely positioned to provide support to decision makers in the public and private sectors as they work to connect rapidly evolving scientific understanding of a changing climate with management practices.

Adaptation includes the capacity to change institutions, infrastructure, behaviors, and relationships to respond to both current and unknown future threats or increase resilience in the environment. It requires skills and expertise across the disciplines to effectively plan, build, learn, communicate, legislate, engineer, and organize for the myriad of human and environmental systems at risk. 

CCASS offers science-based, workable solutions and options by:

  • providing an overarching “umbrella of opportunity” that leverages and builds from existing adaptation projects, resources, and expertise
  • linking and strengthening existing centers of excellence across the UA campus in a network of activities that build sustained relationships and create products and services
  • collaborating with practitioners, decision makers, and scientists across the U.S. and internationally
  • conducting collaborative adaptation planning and implementation projects.