Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments

Mid-Atlantic Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (MARISA)

Collaborating with Mid-Atlantic communities to enhance their resilience to a changing climate through improved data, place-based decision support, and public engagement

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Latest Releases

  • Climate Hazard and Mitigation Planning (CHaMP) Tool

    This online tool aims to communicate potential vulnerabilities to the public and authorities responsible for allocating resources for hazard mitigation activities, and help local hazard mitigation, infrastructure, and land use planners integrate climate information into their hazard mitigation and other planning efforts.

    Nov 2, 2022

  • MARISA Year in Review

    This report provides an overview of MARISA activities from September 2021–August 2022. This year represented the beginning of MARISA’s second five-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Activities included expanding work to new geographic areas, developing and deepening partnerships, and making progress to address the overarching question: How can we best support communities in the Mid-Atlantic region to leverage actionable climate science to make informed decisions about building resilience?

    Oct 14, 2022

Climate Summary

What We Do

MARISA’s broad regional support for climate-adaptation and resilience activities, including the Seasonal Climate Impacts Summary and climate-informed intensity-duration-frequency curves (graphical representations of rainfall probability) for the region, is complemented by research and outreach in three locations: Baltimore, Maryland; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Virginia’s rural coastal communities.

  • Assess and address the climate-sensitive needs of vulnerable communities in the region


  • Advance capabilities for community-adaptation planning through the co-production of data, information, and tools

    Data Tools

  • Build workforce capacity through the robust engagement of diverse students and partners

    Our Team

  • Evaluate impacts of MARISA activities, particularly in socially vulnerable communities

Our Team

Principal Investigator

Krista Romita Grocholski

Krista Romita Grocholski, PhD

MARISA Principal Investigator
Physical Scientist, RAND Corporation

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Get in Touch

If you’d like to find out more about our work or upcoming projects, get in touch with our program manager.

Lena Easton-Calabria

Lena Easton-Calabria

MARISA Program Manager
Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation