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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.  

Spanish Language Resources

CCASS and the U.S. Global Climate Change Research Program (USGCRP) have collaborated to provide Spanish versions of selected publications of (and related to) the Third National Climate Assessment Report (NCA3). 

Additional Spanish-language resources related to cliimate change are also available below.

National Climate Assessment Highlights

This book presents the major findings and selected highlights from Climate Change Impacts in the United States, the third National Climate Assessment.The Highlights report is organized around NCA3's twelve Report Findings, which take an overarching view of the entire report and its 30 chapters. All material in the Highlights is drawn from the full report.  

Léelo en español (Read Spanish selections):

Read full Highlights in English

Southwest Climate Assessment Report

Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States speaks broadly and clearly about climate and its effects on the people and landscapes of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, the U.S.– Mexico border region, and the lands of Native Nations. Published in 2013 by Island Press, this regional assessment was a technical input to the NCA3 and is available below. 

A landmark study in terms of its coverage and analysis (and a synthesis of knowledge from some 120 contributing experts), the book offers decision makers and stakeholders a substantial basis from which to make informed choices that will affect the well-being of the region’s inhabitants in the decades to come.

IPCC 5th Assessment Report Highlights

The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was issued in 2013 and 2014 in three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report. 

WG I Report

Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis / Cambio Climático 2013: Bases Físicas
provides a comprehensive assessment of the physical science basis of climate change. 

WG II Report

Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability / Cambio Climático 2014: Impactos, Adaptación, y Vulnerabilidad
considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation.  

WG III Report

Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change
assesses the options for mitigating climate change and their underlying technological, economic, and institutional requirements, and described the risks, uncertainty, and ethical foundations of climate change mitigation policies at global, national, and subnational levels.  

Synthesis Report Overview

An overview of the Synthesis Report, summarizing findings from Working Groups I, II, and III of the Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, was released in 2014.

Additional Resources from:

Fomentando Comunidades Adaptables/Building Resilient Communities

(materiales al nivel vecinal en el sur de Arizona,  ©Climate Smart Southwest / Physicians for Social Responsibility, Vulnerable Communities and Neighborhoods Task Force, 2014)

Watershed Management Group

  • Infraestructura Verdemanual de Infraestructura verde para comunidades del Desierto Sonorense. Esta nueva versión incluye información e imágenes específicas para Baja California Sur 

​ Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy

  • Avanzando desde la Vulnerabilidad hacia la Adaptación: El Cambio Climático, la Sequía, y la Demanda del Agua en Áreas Urbanas del Suroeste de los EEUU y el Norte de México, ed. M. Wilder, C.A. Scott, N. Pineda-Pablos, R.G. Vardady, and G.M. Garfin, 2012. (Moving Forward from Vulnerability to Adaptation; bilingual publication)

Articles of Interest

New York Times