What We Do

GLISA is one of eleven RISAs, which comprise a national network of centers focused on adaptation to climate change and variability. GLISA integrates information from a wide array of scientific fields, develops collaborations between entities with similar goals, and helps inform decision makers throughout the region with sound science. GLISA offers a unique approach to building climate literacy, long-term sustainability, and facilitating smart decision making across the eight Great Lakes states and the province of Ontario. 

Learn more about the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) RISA teams in the RISA 1-pager.

See NOAA's 1-pager on GLISA's role within the RISA program with an example infrastructure project in a city, or natural resources examples in Michigan and Wisconsin.  

Check out our new impacts stories for work with cities, tribes, and infrastructure.

View GLISA's Phase I (2010-2016) Report that highlights all of GLISA's projects and engagements during that period, as well as our annual reports for 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019.


  • To contribute to the long-term sustainability of the region in the face of a changing climate
  • Facilitate smart decision-making backed by scientific knowledge

GLISA Approach

GLISA leverages a number of unique strategies to fulfill its goals of building climate literacy and expanding the climate knowledge network. These strategies include activating the boundary chain model, integrating local and historical climate data into decision making, addressing uncertainty and downscaling, and utilizing network mapping to find key entry points across the region. 

Read more about GLISA's approach to supporting climate adaptation


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 three to six one-year grants of up to $50,000 each to boundary organizations that will work with GLISA to address the risks of climate change and variability in the Great Lakes region. Click here to learn more and see a listing of past recipients.

Learn more about GLISA partnerships and supported projects


Publications produced from GLISA-supported research and projects can be found here.