SE CASC Staff and Affiliates Selected as Authors of Fifth National Climate Assessment

Suwannee River, Florida
Image Credit: Alan Cressler

The National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a federally mandated scientific assessment that evaluates current and projected climate change related effects across the U.S. every four years. Development of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) is underway and we are excited to announce that SE CASC staff and faculty affiliates have been selected as authors of this report. Learn more about the NCA5 here.

Suwannee River, Florida
Image Credit: Alan Cressler
  • SE CASC Research Ecologist Adam Terando is the Federal Coordinating Lead Author of the Earth System Processes chapter. 
  • SE CASC Assistant University Director Aranzazu Lascurain is a chapter author for the Southeast chapter.
  • SE & NE CASC and USET Tribal Climate Science Liaison Casey Thornbrugh is a chapter author for the Northeast chapter.
  • SE CASC Faculty Affiliate Jared Bowden is a chapter author for the Caribbean chapter. 
  • SE CASC Faculty Affiliate Kathie Dello is a chapter author for the Southeast chapter.
  • SE CASC Faculty Affiliate Steven McNulty is the Federal Coordinating Lead of the Southeast chapter.
  • SE CASC Faculty Affiliate Louie Rivers is a chapter author for the Southeast chapter.

The report is currently in the outline stage and is planned to be published in the fall of 2023. The proposed chapters for the NCA5 are organized into five categories:
• Earth System
• National Topics
• Regions
• Response
• Appendices


The Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) was released in 2017, titled NCA4 Volume I: Climate Science Special Report (CSSR). The CSSR provides in-depth analysis on the foundational physical science of climate change, while the NCA4 Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States, released in 2018, provides a detailed assessment of those impacts. 

The Southeast CASC hosted a six-part webinar series and provided corresponding study guides for each key message of the Southeast chapter, as well as the U.S. Caribbean and Tribes and Indigenous Peoples chapter of the NCA4. Learn more about this webinar series here