map of CASC network locations

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) is one of 8 regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers.

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC) is one of 8 regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers that provide managers with the tools and information they need to develop and execute management strategies that address the impacts of climate change on natural and cultural resources.

Hosted by UAF with a USGS hosted office in Anchorage, AK CASC provides scientific information, tools, and techniques that managers and others interested in land, water, wildlife and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor and adapt to climate change. 

Our program partners provide expertise in climate science, ecology, environmental impacts assessment, modeling, cultural impacts and advanced information technology. These partnerships are essential for addressing climate issues in Alaska, where changes in temperature and precipitation are already having significant impacts on terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

The AK CASC has also developed strong partnerships with faculty from the University of Alaska Southeast, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the USDA Forest Service, and the National Park Service.

CASCs participate in these science activities

  • We create and use high-resolution climate models and derivative products to help forecast ecological and population responses at national, regional, and local scales
  • We integrate physical climate models with ecological, habitat, and population response models
  • We develop methods to assess vulnerability of species, habitats, and human communities
  • We develop standardized approaches to modeling, monitoring, data management and decision support

Regional climate change challenges

  • Biological Carbon Sequestration
  • Coastal Erosion
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Fish and Wildlife Response to Climate Change
  • Food Web Impacts
  • Forest Resilience
  • Health of Indigenous Peoples
  • Invasive Marine and Terrestrial Species
  • Marine Ecosystem Resilience
  • Permafrost Degradation
  • Protection of Marine and Freshwater Migratory Fish Species
  • Protection of Native American Cultural Resources
  • Protection of Trust Species
  • Sea-ice and Glacier Change
  • Sea-level Rise
  • Water Availability and Water Quality
  • Wildlife Disease
  • Wildfire

Host Institution:  University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
Location:  University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA)
Established:  March 2010
Contact:  Dr. Stephen T. Gray, Director