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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. 

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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 profiles tailored to communities

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

To address demand for climate information that is useful for adaptation planning and decision-making, a group at the University of Arizona has been experimenting with the creation of Community Climate Profiles for communities in the Southwest. CCASS research scientist Alison Meadow and Dan Ferguson, director of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) describe this effort in the spring 2017 issue of Rural Connections.  These Profile documents provide summaries of historic and recent climatic conditions, as well as information about climate change, focused on a particular area that can help communities complete the first step of adaptation planning: gathering and interpreting climate information. The Profiles have been designed to be relevant to a specific geographic and social context, tailored to meet users’ needs, and transparent in terms of the data used and applicability of the information they contain.  Read the article at