Upcoming Events

Webinar: Online Course Materials for Tribes

Aug. 22, 2018

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 22 at 3:00 p.m. CT (2:00 p.m. MT)

Have you attended a South Central CASC training and do you want to refresh what you learned? Are you looking for assistance developing strong climate adaptation grant proposals? Do you want to learn more about how tribes and pueblos in your state are impacted by climate change? Join us on Wednesday, August 22 to learn more about the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center’s online course resources.

The webinar will highlight several free, publicly available online resources for tribal professionals:
-Our Climate 101 course materials, which are a great starting place for tribal professionals to learn the basics of climate dynamics and impacts
-Our Vulnerability Assessment online course materials including videos and presentation files that allow self-paced learning
-Our Managing for a Changing Climate online course which features short video lessons on a variety of topics taught by regional experts

How to Join

Join from your computer: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/363956125

Join via phone:
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
Access Code: 363-956-125

First GoToMeeting? You can do a quick system check here: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check

Contact SC CASC Tribal Liaison, April Taylor, at april.taylor@chickasaw.net.

Managing for a Changing Climate Fall Courses

Aug. 27, 2018 - Nov. 26, 2018

The DOI South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center (managed by USGS and hosted at OU) is launching an updated version of its popular free online course “Managing for a Changing Climate” this Fall (see attached flyer). The course will be offered as four short courses, allowing participants to focus on specific topics with a much shorter time commitment.

Short courses being offered:
Introduction to the climate system (August 27 - September 10, 2018)
Climate models, downscaling, and assessments (September 10 - October 1, 2018)
Societal impacts of climate change (October 1 - October 22, 2018)
Physical impacts of climate change & adaptation strategies (October 22 - November 26, 2018)

The courses will use the janux.ou.edu platform. To sign up for a short course, please complete this online form.

Additional Information
Each week, participants in the short courses will watch 4-6 short educational videos (5-10 min each), read additional supplemental material, and conduct discussions online. There will be OU students taking this course for credit and you will have the opportunity to engage with them through the online discussion boards. All participants will be evaluated through online quizzes. Upon completion of a short course, each participant will receive a personalized certificate!

If you have any questions, please contact Emma Kuster (emmakuster@ou.edu).

Development of this course was funded by the USGS through the South Central Climate Science Center on Grant #G15AP00136, NASA through the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium on Grant #NNX11AB54H, and the University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. The contents of this course are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the funding agencies.

Future Events

Managing for a Changing Climate Fall Course Available Online

Aug. 21, 2017

We’re excited to announce the release of an updated version of our popular Managing for a Changing Climate online course, available for free on August 21st at janux.ou.edu.

Register here!


This course was originally launched in 2016. The updated version will include new videos and supplemental materials developed with student feedback. The course is free and available worldwide for anyone with an internet connection through the Janux platform.

Most resource managers need to take climate impacts into account when making decisions during the course of their career, whether their work protects native species populations, reduces the impact of extreme storms on infrastructure, or improves water quality in a watershed. This course provides students with an understanding of the climate system, how it is changing, and what that means for various natural and cultural resources. This information is valuable for students, management professionals, and researchers alike.

Material for this course was developed in partnership with NextThought LLC, NASA through the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium, and the University of Oklahoma College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences. The course is also offered as a 3-credit upper division undergraduate course in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma.

Webinar: Potential Impacts of Sea-Level Rise on Submersed Aquatic Vegetation and Wintering Waterfowl

Apr. 18, 2018

Call-In Information
Teleconference: 703-648-4848
code: 59928229#

GS Talk (Video conferencing software)
Meeting ID: 59928229
Meeting link: https://gstalk.usgs.gov/59928229

Everyone is welcome to attend this webinar, part of our bi-monthly partners call series, to get the latest updates on South Central CSC science and events. During this call, Dr. Megan La Peyre will discuss her CSC-supported investigations into the potential impact of sea level rise on food resources critical for wintering waterfowl.

Date & Time: April 18, 2018 from 10:00-11:00 AM CT

Presenter: Megan La Peyre (U.S. Geological Survey, Louisiana Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit)

Research Summary: Submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV) communities provide significant ecological benefits to coastal areas, including essential calories for wintering waterfowl. However, the potential effects of sea-level rise is posing new questions about the future availability of SAV for waterfowl and other coastal wildlife. Rising seas have the potential to increase salinities in fresh and brackish marshes on the Gulf of Mexico’s coast, changing the distribution and composition of SAV communities, and affecting valuable waterfowl habitat and food resources. Not enough is known about the relationship between salinity and SAV to predict how this important food resource will respond to higher salinity levels, creating difficulties for waterfowl conservation planning.

This project identified the relationship between SAV, salinity, and other environmental variables as a first step in understanding how sea-level rise might affect food availability for waterfowl. The study examined coastal marshes of the northern Gulf of Mexico from Mobile Bay, AL, to the Nueces River, TX. Researchers found that water depth and salinity were the primary factors in determining the amount of SAV resources in a particular marsh. Surprisingly, researchers also found that brackish marsh tended to produce quantities of SAV waterfowl food resources similar to those in fresh marsh environments. The study also found some evidence that saline marshes contain less waterfowl food resources than brackish, intermediate, and fresh marshes.