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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.


   CISA featured in the Climate Resilience Toolkit: The Lowcountry Lowdown on Sea Level Rise

This CRT case study describes work to identify potential vulnerabilities to sea level rise in Beaufort County, SC and develop adaptation strategies to be incorporated into the County's long-term planning.

square_10px Check out the CISA video series on water resources and climate in South Carolina

CISA team members Chandler Green and Greg Carbone are working to produce a series of 14 videos to showcase how climate influences water use and management in South Carolina. Check them out here.

square_10px CISA researcher featured in Congaree National Park video

Janae Davis, a CISA graduate student researcher, shares details about her Master's thesis work in this video produced for Congaree National Park.

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

Coastal Climate Projects Information Sheet

Water and Climate Projects Information Sheet


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