RISA News

The Weather Channel's Warming Signs podcast highlights Carolinas RISA extreme heat research 14 August 2019

The Weather Channel's Warming Signs podcast highlights Carolinas RISA extreme heat research

Dr. Ashley Ward (Carolinas RISA) discussed the relationship between high heat days and preterm births in North Carolina.

Pacific RISA and partners develop new climate science summaries for Palau and Northern Mariana Islands 6 August 2019

Pacific RISA and partners develop new climate science summaries for Palau and Northern Mariana Islands

Through a series of Pacific Islands Regional Climate Assessment workshops in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands, Pacific RISA gathered constituent input to tailor climate science summaries to local needs. 

SCIPP RISA’s preliminary summary report of Hurricane Barry now available 30 July 2019

SCIPP RISA’s preliminary summary report of Hurricane Barry now available

The report describes the difficult forecast, the forecasted rainfall totals, and summarizes the actual event details.

MARISA RISA team partners with NYC Department of Environmental Protection on Climate-Resilient Planning for Urban Stormwater and Wastewater Utilities workshop 30 July 2019

MARISA RISA team partners with NYC Department of Environmental Protection on Climate-Resilient Planning for Urban Stormwater and Wastewater Utilities workshop

The workshop took place July 16-17 and included senior technical leaders from major utilities for New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City, Houston, Austin, San Francisco, Seattle, and Edmonton (among others) along with representatives of various umbrella organizations linking cities (large and small) to pragmatic responses to climate. 

RISA Sustained Assessment Specialists — one new hire and one open position 30 July 2019

RISA Sustained Assessment Specialists — one new hire and one open position

The Northeast Urban RISA welcomes Anna LoPresti as its new Sustained Assessment Specialist. LoPresti will join a small network of assessment specialists who synthesize research findings and information about adaptation activities in their region as ongoing input to the National Climate Assessment and relevant regional processes. The South Central RISA is also currently seeking a new Sustained Assessment Specialist.

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