Sep 20 2019

AK CASC participates in network meeting in Tucson

a group of people poses for a photo

Attendees from the 2019 CASC Network Meeting in Tuscon.

From the cool boreal forest of Alaska to the hot desert of Arizona– what could representatives from the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) in Fairbanks and Anchorage, Alaska have in common with the Southeast CASC in Tucson, Arizona? Well, it turns out that when discussing the science of climate adaptation there is a lot to talk about, especially when bringing together CASC representatives from across the United States.

On September 10-12, 2019, AK CASC's Scott Rupp, Steve Gray, Bob Bolton, and Jane Wolken participated in a CASC Network Meeting on September 10-12, 2019. The meeting was hosted by the Southwest CASC, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. In attendance were representatives from the National CASC office and university- and USGS-side representatives from the eight regional CASCs: Northwest; North Central; Northeast; Southwest; South Central; Southeast; Pacific Islands; and Alaska. 

The meeting agenda included discussion of increasing coordination and operational efficiencies between the National and regional CASCs, diversity, equity and inclusion, cross-CASC training for early career researchers, communication and outreach, best practices for engagement with tribes and Indigenous peoples on science needs, and cross-CASC research collaborations.

Throughout the meeting, there were several opportunities to increase our capacity as a network with an evening of science presentations from the Southwest region, and a field excursion that introduced attendees to the unique aspects of landscape and ecology of the Southwest region.