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Building Resilience

Science-Focused Projects

Current Projects


Climate Change and the Baja California Peninsula

A Baja Working Group Report

This report provides an overview of what we know from available downscaled climate knowledge for the Peninsula, where research is needed, and opportunities for working collaboratively to advance climate science and solutions.


Connecting Wildlands and Communities

Planning for Climate-Ready Landscapes in SoCal

An interdisciplinary team exploring how connected landscapes can support adaptation and resilience to climate change for both ecosystems and local communities in Southern California.


DUNAS Puerto Rico

Descendants United for Nature, Adaptation, and Sustainability

A community based, climate adaptation project focused on dune restoration for conserving biodiversity and cultural heritage in Hacienda la Esperanza Reserve in Puerto Rico.


Integrated Framework for Drought Response in Southern California's Natural Landscapes

Building Regional Understanding for Conservation and Natural Resource Management

This project will help build regional understanding of the vulnerabilities and effects of ecological drought for conservation and natural resource management.


MAATHAAW: The Fire Within Us

An Indigenous-led Documentary

“MAATHAAW: The Fire Within Us” is an Indigenous-led research feature-length film documentary from the Condor Visual Media team that documents the cultural, emotional, and scientific relationships of Southern California Tribes with the gift of fire.


Manzanita Tribal Resilience Project

Building Climate Resilience for ‘Synaaw and the People

The Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation is moving forward with a vision to protect and conserve the lands under their stewardship. The Climate Science Alliance team is honored to take part and support the Tribe in creating the Manzanita Tribal Resilience Project – one part of a larger effort to address climate impacts and build resilience into the future.


Resilient Restoration

Advancing Ecological, Cultural, and Community Resilience with Tribal Nations in Southern California

This collaborative project will work to promote Tribal resilience by developing knowledge and supporting actions that enhance persistence of cultural practices with a focus on preserving the ecosystems and species that are integral to Tribal communities.


Resilient Roots

Climate-Smart Agriculture & Food Systems

Working collaboratively with regional producers and growers to understand the region's agricultural landscape, opportunities for climate-smart practices, and the potential for water resilience in a changing climate.


Southern California Montane Forests

A Climate-Informed Conservation Strategy

Southern California’s montane forests are facing rapidly intensifying stressors and disturbances that are exacerbated by climate change. The goal of this project is to advance our collective understanding of the vulnerabilities and challenges facing these forests and identify the opportunities and strategies for increasing forest resilience.


Stewardship Pathways

Advancing Tribal Stewardship of All Ancestral Lands

Presented by the Climate Science Alliance Tribal Working Group, the Stewardship Pathways Program invites people from across Southern California who are interested in creating or expanding a career focused on advancing Indigenous climate stewardship.


Tribal Resilience Projects

Tribal-Led Collaborative Projects

In collaboration with Tribes and Tribal Professionals across the Nation, the Climate Science Alliance provides technical and staff support for projects, events, and planning.


Valuing Carbon Sequestration in Natural Landscapes

Ongoing Efforts and Future Opportunities

California’s chaparral ecosystems have been largely excluded from carbon sequestration evaluations and planning due to lack of understanding about carbon dynamics in these systems. However, chaparral is the most extensive vegetation type in the state with potential for above- and below-ground carbon storage.

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