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South Central CASC Co-PI Awarded NSF Career Grant

March 5, 2020

Dr. Elinor Martin, a School of Meteorology Assistant Professor & Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant.  Read more about this here.

Website Highlights Vulnerable Landscapes

January 14, 2020

The Living in Nature website highlights cultural landscapes from around the nation that in 2019 were already experiencing the impacts of climate change. To see more, click here.

Climate Science Research in the U.S.

January 8, 2020

The National Council for Science and the Environment has produced a survey report of scientific publications from selected public universities. The report provides an overview of the scope and breadth of climate-related scientific research conducted at universities across the United States. To view the entire report, click here.

OU Wins $4.5 Million Science Center

December, 2019

We are excited to announce that the University of Oklahoma (OU) will continue to host the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center for the next 5 years! This extension was made possible after we won a $4.5 million grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to continue the Center’s stay in Norman, Oklahoma. The Center’s researchers help decision makers across Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and New Mexico to apply cutting-edge science, data, and tools to prepare for climate extremes, like droughts, floods, and heat waves. To read more, click here.


August, 2019

Native Youth Community Adaptation and Leadership Congress (NYCALC) is a week-long conference with Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander high school students interested in environmental issues, natural resource conservation, community leadership, and public service. The conference takes place at the National Conservation Training Center, located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and is sponsored by the Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and several other agencies. For the full NYCALC 2019 South Central CASC report, click here.

South Central CASC Announces FREE Online Short Courses

July 12, 2019

Coming Fall 2019 — FREE online climate courses taught by experts at OU and partner institutions.

Four short courses will be offered that provide an integrative understanding of the components of the climate system and how managers and individuals can adapt to these changes. Courses may be taken as stand-alone or as any combination!

Students at the University of Oklahoma may register for the entire Managing for a Changing Climate course and receive credit under the GEOG/METR 3523 course number. Enrolled OU students will meet-in-person once-a-week on Tuesdays. Please contact Emma Kuster (emmakuster@ou.edu) with any questions regarding course content. For more information about course dates and to register, click here.

Four Recipients Named for the 2019 South Central CASC International Studies Scholarship

April 22, 2019

Four students at the University of Oklahoma were awarded scholarships to assist with a study abroad program for the 2019 summer program. These four students are majoring in various degrees including: civil engineering, meteorology, water management and biology. Each student contributes to their university and communities through organizations and outreach programs. We are proud of these incredible students and all of their hard work! Learn more about these outstanding students by clicking here.

South Central CASC Scholarship Names Two Recipients for 2019

April 5, 2019

The South Central CASC is excited to announce that Julie Bahr and Brooke Foster are our scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year! Julie (left) is a sophomore from Brownsburg, Indiana, majoring in English and Environmental Sustainability with a minor in Spanish. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Publicity & Design for OU’s Green Week, the Assistant Editor for the Honors Undergraduate Research Journal, and the Public Relations Director for Circle K International. After graduation, Julie hopes to pursue a career in environmental conservation or policy.

Brooke (right) is a sophomore pursuing degrees in Environmental Sustainability and Global Energy, Environment, and Resources along with a Spanish minor. She enjoys being a member of the Liaison Committee for Green Week at OU, which is a week in April dedicated to promoting sustainable practices on campus. After graduation, Brooke plans to attend a graduate program or law school as she continues to promote environmental equity and sustainability in communities both local and around the world.

Congratulations to both Julie and Brooke on earning this scholarship.

NASA Centers Promote Science Mission with Students in Oklahoma

October 3-6, 2018

Through a collaboration between NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) for American Indian and Alaska Native STEM Engagement (MAIANSE) and the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, participants from 7 NASA Centers engaged with 160 indigenous students at Riverside Bureau of Indian Education School in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Members of the NASA team discussed their careers with Riverside students in a Q & A format and then broke out into groups to facilitate a variety of STEM engagement activities that promoted the NASA science mission and engineering technology directorates.