About the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center
The Department of the Interior established the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (SC-CASC) in 2012 as one of eight regional institutions across the United States to research the impacts of climate variability on natural and cultural resources. South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center focuses specifically on Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. Seven organizations participate in the SC-CASC: University of Oklahoma, Louisiana State University, Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, and University of New Mexico (shown in the map to the right). Additionally, these branches partner with local, regional, and federal agencies to create a network of scientists who work together to develop tools to manage the effects of climatic changes within each region.
- Establish innovative techniques to study the impacts of climate variability.
- Produce and analyze scientific data to gain a better understanding of how climate change impacts the regional landscapes.
- Create a network of scientists that communicate with decision makers to address the effects of a more variable climate.
- Develop better methods for the management of land, water, wildlife, and cultural heritage resources.
South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center At Louisiana State University
In contrast to most other areas in the south central region, Louisiana displays a unique set of concerns regarding climate variability. Coastal erosion, flooding, hurricanes, saltwater intrusion into aquifers, and water management systems number among the problems facing the region. Researchers from the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center at Louisiana State University (SC-CASC-LSU) investigate diverse facets of regional climate change including climatology, paleoclimatology, agricultural climatology, environmental archaeology, human dimensions of climate change, water resources, and estuarine and coastal ecosystems. SC-CASC-LSU maintains partnerships with federal agencies, research institutions, and climate adaptation science centers across the region to provide a conduit for exchanging information and developing strategies to adapt to climate change.
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University of Oklahoma
Texas Tech University
The Chicksaw Nation
Oklahoma State University
Chocktaw Nation of Oklahoma
University of New Mexico