CISA: Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments, A NOAA RISA Team

Sarah Watson

Coastal Climate & Resilience Specialist
CISA & SC Sea Grant Consortium
Charleston, SC

Sarah Watson is the Coastal Climate and Resilience Specialist working with both CISA and the SC Sea Grant Consortium to unite the expertise of our climate science research with the outreach expertise of the regional Sea Grant extension programs. Based in Charleston, SC, Sarah cultivates relationships with many stakeholder groups, including coastal zone management, local municipalities, and local non-governmental organizations in order to bridge the gap between coastal climate science and decision making.

Sarah has a background in coastal resilience planning and climate adaptation policy, with a focus on stakeholder engagement and risk communication. Her engagement methods incorporate social science and communications principles to help climate science and potential solutions resonate, ultimately leading to behavior change. She most recently was a risk communication consultant for NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, where she led the development of a guidebook for local officials about effective risk communication. Prior to her career in resilience and climate change issues, she was an environmental journalist and covered Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts at the Press of Atlantic City in New Jersey.