For over 15 years, NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program has been supporting research teams that conduct interdisciplinary and regionally relevant research to inform resource management, planning, and public policy. The program's new 2011 annual report contains a description of the major activities and accomplishments of the RISAs in 2011.
NOAA is currently supporting eleven RISA teams through five-year, cooperative agreement awards. These RISA teams help build the nation's capacity to prepare for and adapt to climate variability and change by providing cutting-edge scientific information to public and private user communities. In Section I of the annual report, each RISA presents one major accomplishment achieved during this past year that highlights a combination of research and interaction with decision makers or key partners. Section II presents topics that are emerging as major priorities in nearly all of the RISA regions, and gives examples of some of the approaches that the RISAs are taking, both independently and collaboratively, to tackle these issues.