Synthesis Research

Two researchers in the field
Fieldwork in Pillsbury State Forest, Minnesota. Photo credit: Lucia Fitts Vargas

The Midwest CASC consortium’s vision is to advance climate adaptation science and practice across all components of the climate adaptation cycle by pursuing region-specific, collaborative, synthesis projects that build on past work, provide new resources and tools, and catalyze adaptation capacity across the Midwest.

The Midwest CASC consortium pursues synthesis research projects that address emerging topics in climate adaptation with potential for national-scale replicability and benefits. Each synthesis project is based at a Midwest CASC consortium institution, and is guided by a collaborative working group of three or more consortium members and a postdoctoral research scholar. Projects must address USGS priorities and cross-cutting issues and deliver actionable research products. 

The Midwest CASC’s first synthesis project, “Assessment of Adaptation Plans and Practices for Natural and Cultural Resources,” is based at the University of Minnesota. It aims to: 

  • Understand the state of climate adaptation practice in sectors related to natural resource management and conservation in the Midwest region.
  • Identify best practices in adaptation planning that help address on-the-ground barriers to regional adaptation action

Key findings of the Synthesis Project will inform discussions on adaptation planning, evaluation, and monitoring with adaptation professionals through a Community of Practice (CoP).

For more information on this project, contact Diele Lobo.