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Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA)


The Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) is a collaboration of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). GLISA is part of a national network of NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISAs) that focus on adaptation to climate change and variability. GLISA is the NOAA RISA for the Great Lakes region, and was established in 2009. RISAs act in the space between climate research and climate services. GLISA integrates information from a wide array of scientific fields, helps develop collaborations between entities with similar goals, and lends climate information support to decision makers throughout the region. We connect users of climate information with generators of climate information. GLISA's is comprised of climatologists, social scientists, and outreach specialists. We’re interested in understanding the potential impacts of climate change, how climate information can be most useful, and how decisions regarding climate change adaptation are made. GLISA plays a technical role in several climate change adaptation projects across the Great Lakes region. GLISA engages with each project to understand the problems or challenges faced in light of climate change. Teams of diverse experts, including GLISA as the regional climate expert, work together to address these problems. Annually, GLISA awards small grants to boundary organizations that will work with GLISA to address the risks of climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region.

Adaptation Phase
  • Assessment
  • Awareness
  • Evaluation
  • Integration/Mainstream
  • Sharing Lessons
Sector Addressed
  • Agriculture
  • Culture/communities
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Education / Outreach
  • Research
  • Rural / Indigenous Livelihoods
  • Water Resources
Service Type
  • Communicate and Engage
  • Fund and Invest
  • Measure and Learn
  • North America
  • United States
  • Midwest

Solutions Offered