CCASS hosts the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program (NNCAP) and partners with the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center, CLIMAS, the Native Nations Institute of the Udall Center in Public Policy, and many other units and researchers across the University of Arizona to assist tribes in climate adaptation particularly through needs assessment, capacity building, vulnerability assessment, and by honoring traditional knowledge.
Water Planning and Policy
Effective water planning in the face of climate challenges in the arid Southwest, nationally, and beyond U.S. borders goes beyond assessing water quality and supply, and includes consideration of extreme events (e.g., drought, floods, heat), ecosystem needs/services, transboundary waters, stakeholder engagement, and socioeconomic factors.
Risk Management and Preparing for Extremes
UA experts are helping communities and organizations to assess risks associated with climate change and variability, prepare for disasters, and make planning decisions, while promoting solutions that increase resilience.
Social and Ecological Systems
UA researchers in diverse fields are working to connect science with decision-making to improve its usability and relevance to groups impacted (and disproportionally impacted) by climate change, addressing threats and vulnerabilities to environmental and social systems at multiple scales.
Engagement and Collaborative Processes
UA faculty and staff are widely recognized for their exceptional skills in providing science support and information that can be used to improve resilience and economic opportunities, especially working in a “co-production” mode with decision-makers, stakeholders, and private-sector interests so that scientists are partners in the learning process.
Adaptation and International Development
Multidisciplinary teams of climate, sectoral, and social scientists from UA collaborate with regional and international partners to produce and provide research-based decision support to populations impacted by climate change around the globe. Through co-developed research, product development, capacity building and training, UA experts help build resilience and assist regional-scale partners to scale up successes.