Ethnography of the RISA Program

Lead CCASS Contact: Alison Meadow

In an upcoming report, Institute of the Environment's Alison Meadow reflects upon NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program: how it was created, how it has developed, and what other boundary and climate service organizations can learn about how to structure their programs to optimize climate service delivery, collaborative knowledge development, and learning within the organizations. The RISA program was founded in 1995 as an experiment in the delivery of climate information to decision makers. This project applies organizational ethnographic methods to develop a comprehensive history of the program and a description of its structure and function. 

Understanding how the broader RISA program was founded, how it has developed over the last 20 years, and how it currently functions can provide us with valuable insights into how to build and maintain other climate services or climate-focused boundary organizations.