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Annual Reports

The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center has produced yearly annual reports since 2011 in an effort to provide helpful information to stakeholders, policy makers, and associated researchers. Click through to find out more information about this and get a quick overview of the efforts and research the SW CASC has been doing throughout the years.

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Fact Sheets

The Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center has contributed through funding and research to many publications relating to climate adaptation. Some of these have produced fact sheets that give a quick and accurate overview of the research and findings. Click through to find a list of download links for these fact sheets.

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Stakeholder Needs Assessment

In 2018, to help fulfill the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center’s (SW CASC) mission of developing useful science products for natural resource managers, researchers conducted a rapid assessment of science and information needs of Southwest natural resource managers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.

Researchers assessed (a) stakeholder research, data and information needs, (b) communication and engagement preferences, (c) training and extension needs, and (d) identified partnership and collaboration barriers and opportunities. Outcomes from this assessment include improved communication with state natural resource agencies; increased understanding of the SW CASC stakeholder science needs; enhanced capacity for the SW CASC to conduct needs assessments, and relationships to seed a knowledge network. A final report from this assessment can be found attached below. Other products include a blog and a webinar.

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Societal Impact of Research

Societal impacts are the ways that research, or the process of conducting research, influence the world beyond academia. The following resources provide information on understanding the societal impact of research, and how to demonstrate and document the societal relevance of research.

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Southwest Climate Change Assessment Report

Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States is a technical report prepared for the Third National Climate Assessment ( The full report, along with all figures and a Spanish version of the Summary for Decision Makers, are available on the SWCCAR site.

The report was published in 2013, and was the first deliverable of the SW CASC. It is a synthesis of knowledge (from some 120 contributing experts) on climate and its effects on the people and landscapes of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, the U.S.– Mexico border region, and the lands of Native Nations. The report offers decision makers and stakeholders a substantial basis from which to make informed choices that will affect the well-being of the region’s inhabitants in the decades to come.

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Southwest Climate and Environment Information Collaborative (SCENIC) Web Application

Within SCENIC, users will be able to select the temporal resolution (e.g., daily, monthly, yearly) and extent (start and end dates, whether within or across calendar years) and spatial extent (common political or watershed domains, or arbitrary polygons) for which they seek data.

The SCENIC web application provides: 

  • Historical observations
  • Downscaled model outputs on maximum temperature, minimum temperate, and precipitation
  • Hydrologic data from VIC simulations
  • Statistical descriptions of downscaled values from multiple GCM–RCP combinations (ensembles). The ensemble sets may be selected either by the user (customized sets) or by expert knowledge of the project team (default sets).

Users will be able to obtain raw (e.g., daily minimum and maximum temperature, daily precipitation) or derived climate elements (e.g., number of days maximum temperature exceeded a given threshold, highest precipitation within a five-day period within each water year). Files are available in multiple options for the format of downloads (e.g., html, .csv, .xls). Users will also be able to analyze and visualize data (e.g., time series plots, composite maps).

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Southwest Region

The landscape within the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC) boundary is extremely varied. It ranges from the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts to the California Coast; from the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Colorado Plateau and Southern Rockies; from the Great Basin to the Madrean Sky Islands. Find out more about this particular region and the importance of SW CASC's initiatives within it.