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

  • Turning Climate Information into Action for Stormwater Management in the Mid-Atlantic Region

    Flooding is one of the costliest types of natural disasters in the United States and planning for extreme precipitation poses major challenges to stormwater management agencies. Based on applied research, RAND researchers offer recommendations for more effective stormwater planning, design, and management in the Mid-Atlantic region.

    Aug 30, 2023

  • MARISA Small Grants Program

    The MARISA program is accepting applications for climate adaption funding through the MARISA Small Grants Program. These grants aim to support frontline communities in underserved neighborhoods, build local capcity for resilience and adaption to climate change, and build partnerships between MARISA and local organizations.

    Jul 27, 2023

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

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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