CISA Integrating Climate Science & Decision Making in the Carolinas

CISA: Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, A NOAA Risa Team
Shrinking shorelines reveal tree stumps

CISA supports drought planning and preparedness through collaboration with the NC and SC State Climate Offices

Cars on a coastal road plowing through water

CISA works with coastal communities in the Carolinas to prepare for the impacts of sea level rise

session from the 2018 CCR conference

The 4th Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference was held May 10–12, 2021.

Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments

The Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA) team conducts applied research in North Carolina and South Carolina that incorporates climate information into water, health and coastal management and decision making.

In its core activities, CISA seeks to

  • advance scientific understanding of climate processes and impacts in the Carolinas
  • provide decision support through the development of targeted and tailored information
  • advance climate adaptation in the region
  • support and foster climate information networks

Learn more about our work on the Projects page.

CISA has established long-term partnerships and collaboration with researchers at other universities, federal, state, and local government agencies, NGO's, and the private sector. Working together enables us to leverage expertise and build robust and coordinated efforts around climate research and decision support activities. View our list of partners.

CISA Mission Statement

The CISA team creates, tailors, and integrates climate information to advance equitable planning and management approaches to support healthy and resilient communities and environments for all in the Carolinas.

We believe this mission can only be achieved by integrating principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion:

  • Support inclusive participation
  • Create opportunities for all voices to be heard and included in decision-making
  • Partner with others to address issues which disproportionately impact marginalized, underserved, and under-resourced communities
  • Make climate information accessible to all


2022 Climate Connections Workshops

In collaboration with the SC State Climatology Office, CISA will host a workshop series about integrating climate into planning later this spring. Learn more and register.

2021 CCRC Final Report

The final report for the 2021 Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference is now available. The report details the unique features of this hybrid event and summarizes evaluation results.