CISA Integrating Climate Science & Decision Making in the Carolinas
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.
Amanda Farris and Sarah Watson 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 news and events information relevant to CCoP members, and coordination of topical webinars.
CISA is collaborating with the SC State Climatology Office and the SC Water Resources Center to host a series of three one-day educational workshops in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston. The workshop series, entitled "Weathering the Storm: Impacts of Extremes to South Carolina's Built & Natural Environments", focuses on how recent extreme events such as the October 2015 heavy rainfall and flooding event, Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, and the drought and wildfires of 2016 have led state agencies to consider how to better prepare for similar future events. Each workshop will include presentations from state agencies to share information about how they have responded to these recent extremes and how they are using lessons learned to plan for the future. More information is available at scclimateconnections.weebly.com.
The 2017-2018 workshops are a follow-up to the original Climate Connections Workshop Series, hosted by CISA and the SC State Climatology Office, in 2012. The 2012 workshop series centered on climate-related impacts on the state’s natural resources. A Climate Connections Workshop Series website, hosted by the SC Department of Natural Resources, includes links to all 2012 workshop presentations, research publications, and other relevant trainings and events.