The University of Arizona is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in the science of adaptation to climate change, and associated research and outreach to understand climate change, its observed and potential impacts, and possible responses.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Regional Integrated Science Assessment
One of the key questions the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) faces is how can we improve the link between climate sciences and society. The Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program is helping to realign our nation's climate research to better serve society. Established by NOAA in the mid-1990s, RISA projects point the way toward a new paradigm of stakeholder-driven climate sciences that directly address society's needs and concerns.
The RISA program began with university-based efforts in regions of the United States where recent advances in integrated climate sciences held the greatest promise to assist decision-making.