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Adapting to Climate with NOAA RISA Webinar Series

CPO’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program is hosting a webinar series titled “Adapting to Climate with NOAA RISA“. The four webinars will introduce the 9 RISA teams funded for 2021-2026 to advance climate knowledge and adaptation capacity in their regions. Each webinar will introduce the interdisciplinary science and practitioner teams, review the major themes of their work plan, and preview the research and partnerships planned for this exciting phase.

All webinars will be recorded and posted here. Recordings may also be accessed by registering.

Webinar 1: Adapting to Climate with NOAA RISA in the Intermountain West

When: October 21, 12:15-1pm ET
Follow the link to view the recording: GoToWebinar

Intermountain West: Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming

Western Water Assessment (WWA)
Building Resilience to Compound Hazards in the Intermountain West
Institutions: University of Colorado Boulder, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the University of Wyoming, and the University of Utah
Core Themes
Resilient water systems
Resilient communities

Presenters: Benét Duncan, Managing Director and Principal Investigator, WWA; Ben Livneh, Principal Investigator, WWA

Webinar 2: Adapting to Climate with NOAA RISA in the Carolinas and Alaska

When: November 5, 2-3:15pm ET
Follow the link to view the recording: GoToWebinar

Carolinas: North Carolina and South Carolina

Carolinas Collaborative on Climate, Health, and Equity (C3HE)
Innovating a Community-Based Resilience Model on Climate and Health Equity in the Carolinas
Institutions: NC State University, the NC State Climate Office, UNC Chapel Hill, Furman University, NC Central University, NC Sea Grant, SC State University, and the NC Museum of Life and Science
Core Themes
Climate, Health, and Equity
Compounding & Concurrent Climate Hazards
Community-Level Climate Literacy
Knowledge to Action
Community-Owned Resilience Collaboratives


Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)
Building Healthy and Thriving Alaskan Communities, Economies, and Ecosystems in a Changing Climate
Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Core Themes
extreme events and impacts
capacity building in support of Tribal resilience

Presenters: Kathie Dello, Director, Carolinas Collaborative on Climate, Health, and Equity (C3HE); Sarah Trainor, Director, Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

Webinar 3: Adapting to Climate with NOAA RISA in the Great Lakes, South Central, and Pacific Northwest

When: November 12, 12:30pm-2pm ET
Follow the link to view the recording: GoToWebinar

Great Lakes: Michigan and parts of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ontario

Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA)
Institutions: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, College of the Menominee Nation, and University of Wisconsin-Madison
Core Themes
Acceleration and scaling-up the impact of climate knowledge
Informing sustainable and equitable development

South Central: Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas

Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP)
Planning for Long Term Change in a Short Term World
Institutions: University of Oklahoma, Louisiana State University, Texas A&M University, and Texas Sea Grant
Core Themes
Climate-informed planning
Developing governance and collaborative capacity
Extreme events in a changing climate
Climate justice

Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Montana

Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative (NCRC)
Centering Frontline Communities in Climate Adaptation Science, Assessments and Solutions
Institutions:  University of Washington, Portland State University, Washington Sea Grant, Front and Centered, American Farmland Trust, and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
Core Themes
Significant advances in the theory and practice of advancing climate resilience in frontline communities
Evidence and models for effectively elevating community-driven approaches to climate resilience
Centering climate justice and frontline communities within the scientific enterprise
Enhanced diversity and inclusion in regional climate sciences and services

Presenters: Maria Carmen Lemos, Co-Director, GLISA; Rachel Riley, Director, SCIPP; Amy Snover, Director, NCRC

Webinar 4: Adapting to Climate with NOAA RISA in the Pacific Islands, Mid-Atlantic, and Urban Northeast

When: November 16, 3:30-5pm ET
Follow the link to view the recording: GoToWebinar

Pacific Islands: Hawai’i, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Pacific RISA
Building Equitable and Just Climate Solutions for Pacific Island Resilience to Compound Disasters and Extreme Events
Institutions: Arizona State University Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, East-West Center, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, NOAA/NCEI’s Center for Weather and Climate (CWC), and the NOAA Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR)
Core Themes
Building resilience to compound extremes
Recovery, nature-based solutions, and environmental security
Equity and environmental justice

Mid-Atlantic: Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of West Virginia

Mid-Atlantic RISA (MARISA)
Continuity and Expansion of Community-Based Engagement and Support
Institutions: RAND Corporation, Pennsylvania State University, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Morgan State University, and Carnegie Mellon University
Core Themes
Addressing climate-sensitive needs of vulnerable communities
Advancing capabilities for community adaptation planning through co-production of data, information, and tools
Building workforce capacity through robust engagement of diverse students and partners
Evaluate program impacts, particularly in socially vulnerable communities

Urban Northeast: New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and some counties of Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, and Maine

Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)
Supporting Regional Implementation of Integrated Climate Resilience
Institutions: Columbia University, Boston University, Rutgers University, Drexel University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and City University of New York – Hunter College
Core Themes
Climate science
Coasts and floods
Public health
Engineering and urban design
Social, behavioral, and economic science
Integrated Issues

Presenters: Victoria Keener, Co-Lead Investigator, Pacific RISA; Laura Brewington, Co-Lead

Investigator, Pacific RISA; Debra Knopman, Senior Principal Researcher, MARISA; Krista Romita Grocholski, Program Manager, MARISA; Radley Horton, Lead Principal Investigator, CCRUN; Dan Bader, Program Manager, CCRUN

Visit the NOAA Science Seminar Series website and explore our Guide to 2021-2026 RISA Teams for more information.

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