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Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA)


Kirstin Dow

Lead PI


The Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA) program is 1 of 11 NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Science & Assessments (RISA) teams, working to integrate climate science into decision-making processes and improve society's ability to respond to climatic events and stresses. CISA conducts applied climate research in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders across the Carolinas, including federal, state and local agencies, resource managers, non-governmental organizations, tribal communities, and the private sector. The purpose of CISA's coastal climate work is to provide tailored, decision-relevant information to coastal communities and decision makers about the implications of climate variability and change and strategies to increase resilience to those impacts. Team members work directly with communities to address needs related to waterfront management, sea level rise, saltwater intrusion, natural hazards, and community planning.