Contact Info

c/o Climate Research Lab
USC Dept. of Geography
Columbia, SC 29208

803.777.2482 or
803.777.4972 fax

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CISA investigators developed the VCAPS process to integrate local knowledge
and climate science to plan for climate change impacts
CISA's "Coping with Drought" work includes collaboration
with the National Integrated Drought Information System
CISA's watershed modeling projects provide meaningful information
to local and regional decision makers
CISA hosted nearly 200 attendees from throughout the region
April 28 and 29, 2014 at the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference.

Citizen Science
in the Carolinas

Learn more about the CoCoRaHS project.

Carolinas Climate
Resilience Conference

Held April 28-29, 2014 Presentations available on the
conference website. Final report.


square_10px Third National Climate Assessment Now Available

The Third National Climate Assessment is now available for download. Highlights include an overview and report findings by sector and region. More info here.

  New Report: Climate of the Southeast United States

This report, part of a series of technical reports for the Third National Climate Assessment, includes climate information for the region as well as climate change impacts to specific sectors including public health, water resources, and natural ecosystems.

square_10px CISA's Coastal Climate Information Sheet

Check out our new coastal climate information sheet that describes some of CISA's work to address coastal climate impacts.

   Public Workshops on Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategies in Beaufort County Scheduled for August 25-26

Members of the public are invited to attend one of two meetings to discuss sea level rise vulnerability and potential adaptation strategies later this month. More information.

The Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) works with a variety of stakeholders across North Carolina and South Carolina to incorporate climate information into water and coastal management and related decision-making processes. Efforts include working with decision makers on improving their adaptation to drought, linking climate variability to watershed/landuse planning, coastal adaptation planning, and characterizing climate vulnerability in the region. The program is supported by NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program.

Based at the University of South Carolina, CISA researchers collaborate with colleagues at the Southeast Regional Climate Center located at UNC-Chapel Hill, North and South Carolina Sea Grant, North Carolina State Climate Office, and South Carolina State Climate Office.

CISA’s core activities encompass five general focus areas:

  • drought
  • climate and watershed modeling
  • coastal climate
  • public health and climate
  • adaptation
Within each of these areas, we are pursuing several cross-cutting activities that seek to
  • advance scientific understanding of climate and hydrological processes in the Carolinas
  • improve the assessment of climate-related vulnerabilities and impacts
  • provide timely and relevant information and tools for decision-makers

CISA 2-Page Information Sheet

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