Western Water Assessment Receives RISA Award

Jan. 16, NOAA announced seven multi-year awards totaling $600,000 to Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) research teams—including CIRES Western Water Assessment—to encourage collaboration with federal and non-federal partners on climate adaptation.

CIRES Fellow William Travis received $99,543 as part of the awards.

“NOAA's smaller awards focused on partnerships between RISA teams and other research and decision making institutions are a valuable mechanism for regional coordination," said Richard D. Rosen, acting director of NOAA’s Climate Program Office.

RISA, a program of the Climate Program Office within NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, enables local-level interdisciplinary research needed to tackle big challenges such as impacts to water, food, infrastructure, and ecosystems. The program strengthens NOAA’s climate efforts by bringing academic and federal science and service communities together.

RISA teams are part of NOAA’s regional climate services partnerships, which include state climate offices and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System, Regional Climate Service Directors, and Regional Climate Centers.  The seven new awards to RISA teams will help federal and non-federal partners better use climate information within their own structure.