The University of Arizona

Arizona Business Resilience Initiative | 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.  

Arizona Business Resilience Initiative

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ABRI, the Arizona Business Resilience Initiative, provides support to Arizona’s business community to help planning and decision-making efforts regarding climate risk.  Our primary deliverable is a risk-management/opportunity assessment tailored to our partner’s business goals, customer base, and management strategies.

The initiative has three strategic goals:

  • Develop methods to assess business opportunities and manage risks associated with climate change and climate variability.
  • Build new avenues for engagement between the University of Arizona and the private sector.
  • Apply UA resources and expertise to develop a replicable framework and robust process with participating businesses that will significantly enhance their ability to react and respond to climate risks specifically, and the private sector’s resilience to anticipated global changes more generally.