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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.  


Student opportunity to attend national science conference for free | 2017-06-24

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) will hold its annual conference at ENR2 on the University of Arizona campus this year from June 21-24.  The theme is "Environment, Wellness, and Community." The... more

Climate profiles tailored to communities | 2017-05-16

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... more

USACE's lead climate scientist to speak | 2017-04-27

Jeff Arnold, the lead climate scientist at the US Army Corps of Engineers, will talk at UA on 4/27 on "Decision Support for Uncertain Climate Futures: The Confidence Trap" in Room S107 of the ENR2 Building at 1064 E. Lowell St.

Dr. Arnold works on the technical and science-policy concerns... more

Climate Change and You! Listen to the Podcast | 2017-03-21

Green Connections Radio recently interviewed CCASS Director Kathy Jacobs about climate change impacts and adaptation options.  Drawing on Jacob’s knowledge as leader of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment, the interview touches on the following subjects:

Return of Anne Waple! | 2017-04-04

Anne Waple, CEO of Studio30k, and 2015 CCASS Distinguished Visiting Fellow, will revisit the University of Arizona the week of April 3 to 7.  Waple will give a public talk on Tuesday, April 4, from 4 to 5 pm in the Agnese Nelms Haury Lecture Hall, room S107 of ENR2,... more

The science/policy interface in a "post-truth" era | 2017-02-13

Dr. David Cash of U Mass Amherst will be exploring the relationship of scientific and technical inputs on environmental, energy, and sustainability policy on Monday, Feb. 13, in ENR2.

Policy on environment, energy, and sustainability is dependent on scientific and technical inputs. In... more

Sustainable water in the CO River Basin | 2017-02-08

Dave White, director of ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City, will talk on Feb. 8 at UA about the future of Colorado River Basin water.  What innovative management approaches might help us address the environmental uncertainties that will impact both water supply and water... more

Scenario planning website debuts | 2016-12-14

A new website focused on Scenario Planning for Climate Adaptation,, has been developed by CCASS and the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center. The website aims to help decision makers and managers learn about... more

Science article advocates ongoing ecosystem assessment | 2016-11-21

A Policy Forum piece just published in Science and which advocates a national, sustained U.S. ecosystem assessment was led by DOI Southwest Climate Science Center director Steve Jackson and co-authored by CCASS director Kathy Jacobs and others. 

The article advocates adoption of... more

CCASS's Marchand wins "40 Under 40" award | 2016-11-08

CCASS Project Coordinator Chad Marchand has been selected to receive the “Native American 40 Under 40” award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.  The award acknowledges emerging Native American, Alaska Native, and First Nation citizens between 18 and 39 years of... more

Improving access to resources for tribal communities | 2016-10-28

Morgan Rodman, Executive Director of the White House Council on Native American Affairs, will speak on "An All-of-Government Approach to Environment and Climate Change Protections," citing his work at the council to improve access to resources for tribal communities and promote tribal... more

Talks on social science in climate adaptation work | 2016-11-07

Join us for five short talks and lively discussion on social science methods and tools relevant to climate change adaptation! 

This event will be held in the Haury Lecture Hall, room S107 of the ENR2 Building, 1064 E. Lowell St., from 12:00 to 1:30 on Nov. 7, ... more

UCAR profiles Jacobs' "remarkable career" | 2016-09-26

The September 2016 issue of UCARConnect (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) features a story on CCASS Director Kathy Jacobs' career and recent work on the relationship of extreme weather and climate change.  In an interview with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research,... more

Now hiring! | 2016-09-23

The Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) and its Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program (NNCAP) are seeking applications for a new assistant research scientist position.  These programs work collaboratively with Native American tribes and indigenous populations in the... more

Participants sought for SW CSC review | 2017-02-14

The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is conducting 5-year reviews of the eight DOI Climate Science Centers (CSC), including the Southwest Climate Science Center based in Tucson, AZ at the University of Arizona. Please consider becoming a member of this review team to conduct a... more

A revolution in CO2 capture and storage? | 2016-06-21

An article in Science by Juerg Matter of University of Southampton and others ("Rapid carbon mineralization for permanent disposal of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions," 10 June 2016 issue) reports that environmentally friendly storage of CO2 emissions can be... more

Climate change is affecting human perceptions of time | 2016-06-21

A recent National Geographic article outlines how shifts in environmental markers of time are disrupting both cultural perceptions of time and traditional activities in the Pamir region of Asia.   A new project involving the American Geophysical Union, MIT, and local villagers, combines... more

Webinar on Preparing for Extreme Heat | 2016-05-26

The White House is hosting a Webinar on Building Preparedness to Extreme Heat on Thursday, May 26 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm EDT (11 am to 12:30 pm in Arizona). Co-sponsored by the National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the briefing... more

UA students travel to DC for Planet Forward | 2016-04-29

Two UA students – Diego Martinez and Sophia Gonzalez – attended the Planet Forward Summit at Georgetown University this April, sponsored by CCASS.  The 2016 theme was Sustainable Cities.  They sent us a thank you and report about their trip, available... more

New UA Course Offerings on Climate Change | 2016-09-26

Two new courses on climate resilience and adaptation will be offered at UA in 2016/17.  Both will be held on Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:30 pm.

  • Climate Change Adaptation: Perspectives at the Nexus of Science, Society and Resource Management will be offered in Fall 2016. It will... more
Tribal Leaders' Summit on Climate Change | 2016-04-05

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 12-13, 2015. The Summit was sponsored by the Desert Landscape... more

USAID's John Furlow Visiting in April | 2016-04-16

Senior Climate Change Specialist John Furlow of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will serve as CCASS Distinguished Visiting Fellow in April 2016.  Furlow will visit the UA from April 16 to 28. He will give a public lecture on Monday, April 25, on "... more

US Energy Policy in Transition | 2016-06-23

Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment, spoke at the UA on March 22 on "U.S. Energy Policy in Transition."  A video of her talk is available here

Energy policy in the U.S. is... more

US Energy Policy in Transition | 2016-03-22

Please join us for a talk on "US Energy Policy in Transition" by Michelle Wyman, Executive Director of the National Council for Science and the Environment.  The talk will be held on Tuesday, March 22, in the Agnese Nelms Haury Lecture Hall (room S107... more

Talk on Water-Energy-Climate Nexus | 2016-03-29

Hear retired electric utility execuive Charles Bayless talk about the water-energy-climate nexus when he speaks at a brown-bag seminar on March 29 from 12:00 to 1:15. The talk is co-hosted by CCASS and the UA Renewable Energy Network and will be held on the UA... more

Climate adaptation planning talks at AGU and AMS | 2015-11-24

CCASS Core Team members will be presenting their work at the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco Dec. 14-18 and at the American Meteorological Society 96th Annual Meeting in New Orleans January 10-14 in New Orleans.

Contact us if you’re a CCASS associate and would like your... more

"Adaptation Science - Where to from Here?" | 2015-11-16

Visiting CCASS Scholar Ben Preston will lecture at the UA on the role of adaptation in reducing climate risk and the societal impacts of climate change.

Preston is a senior research scientist and deputy director of the Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) at Oak Ridge National... more

Climate and the Pacific Adaptation Complex | 2015-11-06

On Friday, Nov. 6, Sophie Webber, postdoctoral fellow at the University of California Los Angeles, will talk on “Circulating climate services in the 'Pacific Adaptation Complex.’”  

The talk is part of the UA School of Geography and Development Colloquium series and is co-hosted by CCASS... more

On building adaptive capacity to climate change | 2015-10-30

Dr. Maria Carmen Lemos to talk on "Building Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change.”

Lemos is Professor of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Senior Policy Scholar at the Udall Center for the Study of Public Policy at the University of Arizona... more

Social science methods in climate adaptation | 2015-10-26

Please join us at the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) on Monday, October 26 for a panel of five short talks focusing on social science methods and applications relevant to climate change adaptation.  The event will be held in ... more

Looking for solutions? ¿Está buscando soluciones? | 2015-01-01

Our trifold brochure has suggestions for 10 positive steps residents of southern Arizona can take to address and adapt to climate change, Names of and links to local organizations who are tackling these issues are also provided.  The brochure is available in both... more

Helping Vulnerable Populations Adapt to Climate Change | 2015-01-01

"Climate Conversations" is a series of discussions involving more than 75 community leaders to date. The conversations are centered on concerns about how climate change will affect water resources, health, emergency management, agriculture, land management, and traditional practices in more... more

Now Hiring for Student Position | 2015-01-01

The CCASS/Haury Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program seeks to hire an undergraduate student for part-time employment in 2015/16.  The selected candidate will work on Native American climate-related activities, focusing on communications and outreach efforts.  The full job announcement is... more

Climate Assessment and Decision-Making | 2015-01-01

CCASS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Richard Moss presented a lecture, “Minding the Gap: Ideas for Increasing the Decision Relevance of Climate Assessments” on Thursday, April 30, in Room 531 of the Marshall Building from 12 to 1:30 pm.  His... more

Visiting Scholar Anne Waple to Lecture April 7 | 2015-01-01

Dr. Anne Waple is visiting the UA as a CCASS Distinguished Visiting Fellow/Haury Visiting Fellow.  She will present a lecture, “Exploring Climate Resilience” at noon on April 7 in Room 531 of the Marshall Building.  

Dr. Waple is VP and Chief Innovation Officer at Second... more

Register now for National Adaptation Forum | 2015-01-01

Make your plans now to attend the National Adaptation Forum, May 12-14, 2015, in St. Louis, MO.   Early bird registration and applications for travel support end Feb. 28.

The Forum represents a collective effort to enhance the resilience of the nation’s... more

CCASS Welcomes Susi Moser | 2015-01-01

CCASS is proud to welcome Dr. Susanne Moser as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow, in a visit that extends through February 9, 2015.  Moser is an expert in adaptation, science-policy interactions, decision support, and climate change communication.  Her emphasis is on practical, collaborative, and... more

Task Force on Climate Issues Recommendations | 2014-01-01

Recommendations of the President's State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience were released on November 17th.  The Task Force recommendations address how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the ... more

Climate Conversation with Hispanic Leaders | 2014-01-01

The University of Arizona and the World Wildlife Fund on Nov. 13 brought together Southern Arizona leaders to discuss impacts of climate variability and change on the Hispanic community. 

The event was intended to inform participants what the latest and best science has to say about how... more

CCASS Leaders Field NCA Questions | 2014-05-17

An "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit pertaining to the newly released National Climate Assessment kept several CCASS leaders busy the week of the report's release. Responders were researchers at the University of Arizona who played a significant role in both the overall report leadership and... more

Climate Assessment Released | 2014-05-04

The Third National Climate Assessment report (NCA3) was released May 6.  Written by more than 240 authors and overseen by a 60-member federal advisory committee, the third National Climate Assessment, or NCA3, is the most comprehensive national... more

Spanish Versions of NCA Products Available | 2014-01-01

CCASS and USGCRP are collaborating to provide Spanish language translations of key products related to the National Climate Assessment third report (NCA3),  released May 6. Thery are available here and on the NCA website. 

Available... more

Crimmins on Managing Risk | 2014-04-24

What can we do about weather extremes?  CCASS Associate Mike Crimmins blogs about the role of USDA Regional Climate Hubs and Cooperative Extension in helping farmers, ranchers, and resource managers to plan and prepare for challenges from extreme weather.  Read the full posting on the... more

New Center Launched with Panel, Lecture | 2014-01-24

CCASS activities officially kicked off at the University of Arizona on January 17 with two events: a panel discussion on “Living in Our Future Climate: Adapting to Climate Change” and a... more

Kathy Jacobs to Direct New Center | 2013-12-26

Katharine Jacobs has returned to the University of Arizona as director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) and professor in the department of soil, water and environmental science. 

From 2010 to 2013, Jacobs served as an assistant director in the U.S. Office... more

SW Climate Assessment Webinar Series Episode 6 Energy Impacts and Climate Mitigation

This webinar is the sixth in a series discussing key chapters from the Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Technical Report Prepared for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. This assessment, which will be published in early 2013, summarizes and synthesizes the past,... more

Adaptation Expert Mark Howden Speaks at UA | 2014-01-17

As the first Distinguished Visiting Fellow for CCASS, Dr. Mark Howden spoke on "Climate Adaptation in Australia: Successes, Failures, and Lessons Learned" on January 17 at the Center for Creative Photography auditorium. [A... more