New book highlights positive impacts of the NOAA RISA program

  • 22 April 2016
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New book highlights positive impacts of the NOAA RISA program

The Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program is proud to announce the release of Climate in Context: Science and Society Partnering for Adaptation, an edited volume being published by Wiley & Sons.

Climate in Context shows the progress of the RISA program through chapters that detail the research, partnerships, and results from projects that span the 20 year history of the program. With contributions from over 45 authors from universities, federal agencies (including NOAA), state and local agencies, and other partners, this book aims to provide practical advice and examples from core areas of the RISA program: understanding context and risk, managing knowledge networks, innovating services, and advancing science policy.

Topics covered in the contributions to Climate in Context include (among many others):

  • A guide to methods that RISAs employ for engagement research;

  • How the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast RISA team worked with New York City both before and after Hurricane Sandy to integrate climate science and decision-making and make New York City more resilient to climate hazards;

  • The relationship between the RISA program and Extension networks (Land and Sea Grant), linking boundary organizations, strengthening engagement across stakeholder groups, and providing climate information that is tailored to local needs;

  • The development of National Seasonal Wildfire Outlooks, which transitioned an experimental product into an operational one through co-development and cross-disciplinary learning.

  • Lessons learned from evaluation initiatives in Pacific RISA and the Climate Assessment for the Southwest RISA team.

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