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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-Related Projects

Some of the projects currently in progress and led by CCASS Associates or Core Advisors at University of Arizona:

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Tribal Leaders' Summit on Climate Change

Lead CCASS Contact: Chad Marchand

CCASS and the Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program hosted the Tribal Leaders Summit on Climate Change: A Focus on Climate Adaptation Planning and Implementation at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona on November... More

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Lead CCASS Contact: Mike Crimmins

With support from the USDA Southwest Climate Hub, UA researchers Mike Crimmins, Jeremy Weiss, and Paul Brown are working with Tucson National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office personnel to increase the use and usefulness of... More

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Lead CCASS Contact: Gregg Garfin

Urban areas of the Southwest US are particularly vulnerable to health risks from extreme heat.  A project focused on the Rio Grande/Bravo Basin border cities (including El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez, and Las Cruces, New Mexico), is... More

Arizona Business Resilience Initiative

Lead CCASS Contact: Andrea Gerlak

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... More

SE Arizona Agricultural and Resource Management Decision Support

Lead CCASS Contact: Mike Crimmins

A working group will be meeting regularly to discuss information needs of farmers and ranchers in SE Arizona, sponsored by University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, the National Weather Service, and the USDA Southwest Regional... More

Ecohydrology and Decision-Making in the Sonora and San Pedro Watersheds

Lead CCASS Contact: Christopher Scott

Viewed from the air, riparian corridors in arid regions are the narrow ribbons of trees along streams that shelter some of the most important biodiversity in the landscape. The combination of climate change, human withdrawals of water,... More

Climate Change Adaptation Planning with the Tohono O’odham Nation

Lead CCASS Contact: Alison Meadow

Tribal nations within the United States are some of the communities most vulnerable to climate change impacts.  The Tohono O’odham Nation, encompassing almost 4,500 square miles in the southwestern portion of Arizona, is taking the pro-... More

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Climate Information for Disaster Management

Lead CCASS Contact: Zack Guido

UA-based CLIMAS, the National Weather Service, and FEMA Region IX are collaborating to design a hydroclimate dashboard that FEMA can use to improve preparedness for potential flooding disasters. The dashboard is an online tool designed... More

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Climate Change Impacts and National Defense

Lead CCASS Contact:

The US Department of Defense has made a highly visible push to incorporate climate change adaptation into all aspects of their mission, from training and housing soldiers and their families, to protecting natural resources on their... More

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IRAP: Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience

Lead CCASS Contact: James Buizer

The NOAA International Research Applications Program (IRAP) is a collaboration involving climate, sectoral, and social scientists at the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and the International Research... More

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Hopi Drought Indicators and Monitoring

Lead CCASS Contact: Daniel Ferguson

The goal of this project is to work with the Hopi Tribe's Department of Natural Resources (HDNR) to develop a set of drought indicators and approaches for collecting, analyzing, and utilizing the data needed to support each indicator.... More

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Developing Testing and Evaluating Scenario Planning for the Nevada BLM

Lead CCASS Contact: Gregg Garfin

Using the Central Great Basin Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) data, this project aims to 1) develop best management practices for using scenario planning methods in adaptation planning and 2) identify how these methods may be... More