About The Adaptation Sciences (AdSci) Program

A CSI-funded researcher interviews a rancher in Hawai’i to better understand the impacts of drought on her ranch operations. Credit: V. Keener

In response to rapidly increasing demand for methods to advance climate adaptation and resilience strategies, and leverage NOAA sciences and services, CSI is launching a new Adaptation Science (AdSci) research program. The AdSci Program will help advance the knowledge, methods and frameworks needed to move society beyond incremental adaptation toward more widespread, connected, adaptive pathways, and resilience strategies with clear economic and societal co-benefits. Research will focus on the integration of acute and chronic stressors that occur over multiple timescales. NOAA Research, in the context of its commitment to improved service development, delivery, and integrated information services through innovative science, is well placed to advance science in support of adaptation.

The AdSci Program goal is to foster widespread, science-based adaptation by: (a) developing an understanding of key drivers and conditions that shape and enable adaptation across multiple temporal and spatial scales (e.g., socioeconomic considerations and adaptive behaviors, risk perception, public awareness and education); and (b) identifying key aspects of and promoting opportunities for the use of scientific information to best support preparedness and planned adaptation of high value to social and economic goals.

The new portfolio of research and engagement activities builds on the networks and insights generated by the ongoing Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program, and the previous CSI investments in the Coastal and Ocean Climate Applications (COCA), the International Research, Applications Project (IRAP), and the Sectoral Applications Program (SARP). Existing COCA, SARP, and IRAP activities will continue under this new portfolio.

Contact Adaptation Sciences (AdSci)

Dr. Nancy Beller-Simms
Lead, Climate Program Office Water Risk Team AND Climate and Societal Interactions - Water
Program Manager, Adaptation Sciences

P: (301) 734-1205
F: (301) 713-0518

Bhaskaran Subramanian, Ph.D.
Program Manager, Adaptation Sciences
P: (301) 660-4630

Lisa Vaughan
Program Manager, International Adaptation Sciences
P: (301) 734-1277
F: (301) 713-0518

Jennifer Dopkowski
Program Manager, Climate and Fisheries Adaptation (CAFA)
P: (301) 734-1261

Amanda Speciale
Program Specialist
P: (410) 212-8742


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