The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center

is a federal-university partnership.


The Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) was established to help safeguard the natural and cultural resources of Idaho, Oregon, Washington and surrounding river basins. We are a federal-university partnership that produces relevant and accessible science on climate change impacts and adaptation actions for Northwest natural resource managers and policy-makers.  This University-Federal partnership allows access to a broad range of scientific expertise, production of high-quality science and the leveraging of funds, resources and facilities.


The NW CASC is one of eight Climate Adaptation Science Centers supporting every state in the nation, under the direction of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC). Our USGS-hosted office in Corvallis works with regional stakeholders to set research priorities and directs research funding to support climate adaptation in the Northwest. 


The NW CASC is hosted by the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group on behalf of a multi-university consortium that includes Boise State University, University of Montana, Oregon State University, Washington State University and Western Washington University. The consortium enables the federal government and Northwest natural and cultural resource managers to leverage the research capacity, expertise and infrastructure of public agencies and universities across the region.

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