In addition to stakeholder engagement conducted as part of individual research and projects, CISA team members conduct a variety of outreach and engagement activities in order to foster climate information networks in the Carolinas.
CISA seeks to be a trusted source of tailored climate information and products for decision makers and stakeholders in the region. Communications and outreach materials such as the Carolinas Climate Connection quarterly newsletter and Carolinas Climate Listserv are intended to broadly share Carolinas-relevant climate news and information.
In order to support the local climate information networks that are essential to increased adaptive capacity, CISA hosts the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference, a biennial event which brings together a variety of practitioners and researchers to learn and share information about climate-related tools, resources, experiences, and activities in the Carolinas.
Extending beyond the Carolinas, CISA team members provide leadership and support for the Southeast and Caribbean Climate Community of Practice(CCoP). Initiated by NOAA's Southeast and Caribbean Regional Team (SECART) and regional Sea Grant programs, the CCoP was created in 2010 in response to the growing need for climate extension professionals to bridge the gap between science and decision makers. Comprised of individuals from government, academic, non-profit, and private sectors, the CCoP provides a forum for sharing lessons learned and best practices related to climate communication and adaptation. The CCoP also provides education and networking opportunities to increase members' knowledge and awareness of climate science and, ultimately, to increase adaptive capacity in the region.
Liz Fly and Amanda Farris serve as co-chairs for the group’s steering committee. They help lead outreach and communications efforts to include a coastal climate adaptation resource directory, distribution of monthly news and events e-mail roundups, and coordination of topical webinars.
With support from CISA, the South Carolina State Climate Office hosted three workshops in 2012 about climate and its impacts on the state’s natural resources. The purpose of the workshops was to increase awareness and utilization of climate knowledge to improve natural resources management. At each workshop, presentations and discussion centered on the relationship between natural resources and climate, including the needs for new approaches and partnerships to cope with climate variability. The workshops were held in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston which provided an opportunity to integrate the unique ecosystem and geographic features of these three areas into presentations and discussion. A Climate Connections Workshop Series website, hosted by the SC Department of Natural Resources, includes links to all workshop presentations, research publications, and other relevant trainings and events.