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RISA Workshop Report: Looking Ahead at Climate Service, Assessment, and Adaptation


On September 29 – October 1, 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hosted a three-day workshop primarily focusing on current and future research as part of the Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) Program. 

The RISA teams play a critical role in both NOAA’s climate service efforts and the National Climate Assessment (NCA). As such, the objectives of the meeting were to:

  • Refine current and future objectives for RISA program including their role in climate services and decision support research
  • Coordinate regional assessment service activities in support of the National Climate Assessment across NOAA Regional Enterprise Partners
  • Support regional, interagency partnerships among regional groups engaging in science, service, adaptation, and mitigation


The meeting was organized around three broad themes: (1) the state of decision support research in climate services; (2) coordinating and scoping efforts between NOAA entities supporting regional service and assessment; (3) coordinating regional climate service, assessment, and adaptation activities. Download the workshop report Looking Ahead at Climate Service, Assessment, and Adaptation to read a summary of the workshop and a synthesis of the insights and recommendations collected during the meeting.

Participants included three or four researchers from each of the eleven RISA teams. They met with representatives of NOAA and over ten different internal and external NOAA partners, in many cases for the first time in the history of the program. The workshop agenda included meetings with representatives from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), International Research Institute (IRI) for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University, United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)), Department of the Interior Climate Science Centers (CSC), Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI), Computer Science Corporation (CSC), Sea Grant, NOAA Regional Climate Service Directors (RCSD), Regional Climate Centers (RCCs), American Association of State Climatologists (AASC), NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), and the NOAA Coastal Services Center (NCSC).





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