Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments Program History

NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program supports research teams that help expand and build the nation's capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change. Central to the RISA approach are commitments to process, partnership, and trust building.

Please see below for a list of select RISA documents which outline the history of the program, as well as state the objectives and goals of the program:

  1. The Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program: crafting effective assessments for the long haul (Roger Pulwarty; Caitlin Simpson; Claudia Nierenberg)  Click Here for PDF

  2. The Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program Goals and Objectives (Roger Pulwarty) Click Here for PDF

  3. RISA 2020 Vision Document (2009) - A RISA community vision for future Regional Integrated Sciences and
    Assessments (RISA) efforts to match advances in climate impacts science with the needs of resource managers and planners. Click Here for PDF
  4. An Ethnohistory of the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program (Alison Meadow) Click Here for PDF


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