On September 14, 2009, Department of Interior Secretary Salazar signed Secretarial Order 3289, which called for the establishment of a set of regional DOI Climate Science Centers (CSCs), based on the development of the “regional hub” concept by USGS and the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC). Secretarial Order 3289 also called for the creation of Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, building on a model developed by the Fish and Wildlife Service.

In 2018 the name of the centers was changed to Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs). DOI has established eight regional CASCs, managed by the National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC). The network of Climate Adaptation Science Centers provide fundamental science and tools to natural and cultural resource managers. CASCs focus on understanding landscape stressors related to climate change and facilitating adaptation strategies at a regional level.

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