The U.S. Department of the Interior has renewed its support for the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) at UMass Amherst with a five-year, $4.5 million commitment, says center co-director Dr. Richard N. Palmer, P.E. of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Scientists affiliated with the center provide federal, state, and other agencies with region-specific results of targeted research on the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water, and other resources. The new agreement continues Interior’s original seven-year, $11 million grant to the NE CASC that began in 2011. See UMass News Office release: U.S. Department of Interior Awards $4.5 Million to Renew Support for Climate Science Center .