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 2012 annual report contains a description of the major activities and accomplishments of the RISAs in 2012.
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. NOAA currently supports 11 RISA teams through five-year, cooperative agreement awards. Chapter 1 of the annual report introduces each RISA in 140 characters or less and showcases some of their achievements as well as new areas of research teams have started exploring in 2012. In addition, it contains RISA websites and social media accounts for readers wanting to know more about their research. Chapter 2 illustrates how the RISA teams are contributing to research on and response to extreme climate and weather events in their region including a number of the extremes seen in 2012 from sea ice to Superstorm Sandy.
More information about the RISA program is available on the Climate Program Office website.