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.

Our Approach

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. Synthesis project outcomes are also shared with - and informed by - the multidisciplinary MW CASC Community of Practice (CoP).

Learn more about the MW CASC approach to synthesis research in this presentation by Diele Lobo:

Active synthesis research projects: 

  1. Assessment of Adaptation Plans and Practices for Natural and Cultural Resources, led by postdoc Diele Lobo at the University of Minnesota.
  2. Adaptive capacity of vulnerable species, led by postdoc Sarah Ramirez at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  3. Urban systems and green infrastructure in climate resilience, Indiana University. 
  4. Restoration of drained wetlands under changing climate conditions, Michigan State University. 
  5. Identifying climate refugia, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 
  6. Traditional ecological knowledge, University of Minnesota.