The Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs), formerly named the Climate Science Centers (CSCs), are built upon federal-university partnerships that allow our network to leverage resources and work closely with non-federal scientific experts to accomplish our goals. This dual approach of a federal USGS-staffed component and a parallel host-university component to each CASC is established competitively through 5-year cooperative agreements with the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC).
At the conclusion of each 5-year agreement, a review of the CASC is undertaken to:
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the CASC in meeting project goals;
- Assess the level of scientific contribution and achievement;
- Evaluate the competencies and efficiencies of each CASC host university in managing the administrative and program requirements; and
- Aid NCASC in developing improved requirements for recompetition of the next university hosting agreements.
The current review of the CASCs is being conducted by the Cornell University Human Dimensions Research Unit in conjunction with the American Fisheries Society.
The first-round of CASC reviews (and hosting recompetitions) are scheduled as follows:
2016: Southeast, Northwest, Alaska
2017: Southwest, North Central
2018: Pacific Islands, South Central, Northeast
Final review reports can be found below:
North Central CSC Five-year Review Report, July 2017
Southwest CSC Five-year Review Report, July 2017
Northwest CSC Five-year Review Report, February 2017
Alaska CSC Five-year Review Report, March 2017
Southeast CSC Five-year Review Report, March 2017
Northeast CSC Five-year Review Report, June 2018
South Central CSC Five-year Review Report, June 2018
Pacific Islands CSC Five-year Review Report, June 2018