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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.  

CCASS Partners

Non-UA organizations and institutions that are actively collaborating with CCASS Associates and Advisors:

Acclimatise is a specialist consulting, communications and digital application company providing world-class expertise in climate change adaptation and risk management. It bridges the gap between the latest scientific developments and real world decision-making, helping clients to introduce cost-effective measures to build climate resilience into their strategies, processes and activities.

Adaptation International focuses on helping communities, organizations, and businesses prepare for the impacts of climate change. We specialize in bridging the gap between climate change science and community action by conducting climate vulnerability assessments and helping our clients develop the tools and strategies necessary to respond to a changing climate.

The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice supports an array of programming to further research, education, and partnerships for socially just solutions to environmental problems, focusing on environmental and social justice issues of the Southwest border region.


A partnership of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy at the University of Arizona, Centro de Cambio Global at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, AQUASEC focuses on water security and adaptive management across the Americas.

Conducts climate, water, and decision research and develops innovative tools to bridge the boundary between scientists and decision makers for the sustainable future of Greater Phoenix.

Through collaborative partnerships, the Desert LCC seeks to provide scientific and technical support, coordination, and communication to resource managers and the broader Desert LCC community to address climate change and other landscape-scale ecosystem stressors.

The National Climate Assessment Network (NCAnet) is a network of organizations working with the US Global Change Research Program's National Climate Assessment to engage producers and users of assessment information across the United States. Partners work in a variety of sectors, including academia and education, business and industry, government, faith, environmental advocacy, tribal, and professional societies.

NOAA's Climate Program Office manages competitive research programs in climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities designed to advance our understanding of Earth’s climate system and foster the application of this knowledge in risk management and adaptation efforts. Its Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that help expand and build capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change.

The Southwest Climate Science Center is part of a network of eight CSCs created to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and other parties interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. It is hosted by the Southwest Climate Alliance, which includes: University of Arizona, Tucson; University of California, Davis; University of California, Los Angeles; Desert Research Institute, Reno; University of Colorado, Boulder; and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. 

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research  is a consortium of more than 100 member colleges and universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. Its members set directions and priorities for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, which UCAR manages with sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. 

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. USAID provides funding for the Internatioanl Research Applications Program (IRAP), a joint project of the University of Arizona and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University.

The Western Regional Climate Center at the Desert Research Institute provides a repository of historical climate data and information; disseminates high quality climate data and information pertaining to the western United States; engages in applied research related to climate issues; conducts and coordinates climate-related activities at state, regional and national scales.