CISA Integrating Climate Science & Decision Making in the Carolinas

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


CISA has helped to develop the following tools to aid decision makers.

Carolinas Precipitation Patterns and Probabilities Atlas

The Carolinas Precipitation Patterns & Probabilities Atlas provides Carolinas-focused information about extremes (drought, heavy rainfall) and normal precipitation patterns. The Atlas includes over 1,000 downloadable maps and figures characterizing various measures of precipitation and drought. It offers information not readily available from other sources, such as frequency and duration of both dry and wet events, and photographs, videos, graphics, and narratives of the impacts of notable drought and heavy precipitation events in the Carolinas.

Carolinas Precipitation Patterns & Probabilities Atlas

drought index map from the Atlas website

CoCoRaHS Condition Monitoring Web Map

The CoCoRaHS Condition Monitoring web map displays reports about local, community-level conditions and how recent weather and climate events have affected those communities. Volunteer observers provide weekly reports through the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRaHS) website. The web map displays the reports along with the corresponding US Drought Monitor Map that can be used in the monitoring of drought onset, intensification, and recovery.

CoCoRaHS Condition Monitoring Map

CoCoRaHS map

Convergence and the Heat Health Vulnerability Tool

The Convergence website houses a wealth of resources about public health impacts of various extremes, information about different types of vulnerabilities, and makes available open source peer-reviewed literature. The Heat Health Vulnerability Tool, which predicts the daily number of emergency department visits for heat-related illness across NC, is also available through this website. Heat safety infographics customized for various audiences, such as coaches and athletes, outdoor workers, and the elderly, are provided. These materials were designed in collaboration with public health communications professionals to make the messages relevant and accessible

Convergence's Heat Health Vulnerability Tool

screenshot of the Convergence tool