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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.  

Services for Stakeholders

Managers and decision makers in many disciplines and economic sectors acknowledge the challenges climate change already poses and recognize the need for adaptive measures to deal with impacts. Climate risks and uncertainty in many aspects of planning require the adoption of flexible and adaptive approaches toward an array of these climate-related challenges. The University of Arizona excels in providing physical and social science support for adaptive management and approaches to dealing with an uncertain future, including scenario planning. 

CCASS can help stakeholders find science-based, workable solutions and options by providing an overarching umbrella of opportunity that leverages and builds from existing adaptation projects, resources, and expertise and by networking and collaborating with practitioners, decision makers, and scientists across the U.S. and around the world.

CCASS draws on an interdisciplinary group of researchers who study, inform, and work collaboratively with governmental, non-governmental, and private sectors offering creative and unique answers. Areas of expertise span and cross the disciplines, including economics, climate and atmospheric science, engineering, natural resources management, water policy, conservation biology, ecology, law, business development, and communications.   

CCASS affiliates can help with: 

  • adaptation planning
  • assessing adaptive capacity
  • designing strategies for reducing vulnerability of resources and populations to climate change
  • networking and academic/government partnerships in areas such as climate data, tools, and services for natural resource managers and agricultural producers
  • user needs assessments that aim to identify the optimal set of climate information products and modes of engagement
  • extensive partnerships/contacts with adaptation centers and experts around the globe