NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program

NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research that addresses complex climate-sensitive issues of concern to decision-makers and policy planners at a regional level. 

RISAs advance of a variety of approaches for applying knowledge to action including scenario planning, participatory assessment, and experimental service development. RISA teams help ensure that regions are prepared to cope with hazards and extreme events through research and engagement activities. 

RISAs innovate and enhance capabilities that can be incorporated into successful tools and practices into ongoing services. RISAs work closely with applied scientists who provide predictions and projections of weather and climate, with cooperative extension and outreach professionals, and communications experts. RISAs help provide scientific information that is tailored to the decision context of stakeholders and partners through informational webinars, drought and climate outlook forums, and decision support tools. Services include:

  • Climate impacts training;
  • Climate outlook forums;
  • Climate extension programming;
  • Communication tools (visualization, white papers, report, etc.); and
  • Decision support tools and information systems for drought, climate, water supply and availability, agriculture and other impacts.

There are currently 11 active RISA projects across the country. For more information about each program, each of the RISAs are independently described in the Adaptation Clearinghouse. 

  • Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)
  • California-Nevada Applications Program (CNAP)
  • Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA)
  • Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)
  • Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)
  • Consortium on Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)
  • Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center (GLISA)
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (MARISA)
  • Pacific RISA
  • Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP)
  • Western Water Assessment (WWA)


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