Our Partners

Part of NEMAC’s strength lies in its ability to create partnerships. Leveraging the resources and talents of government, education, non-profit, and private industry allows for projects that promote economic development, advance public education, and address regional and national issues. Together, these groups provide the scientific, computer, and statistical expertise to prepare and analyze disparate databases, such as historical climate data and remotely sensed data. Current partners and collaborators are listed in alphabetical order below.


Acclimatise logoAcclimatise is a specialist consulting, communications, and digital application company providing world-class expertise in climate change adaptation and risk management. Acclimatise bridges the gap between the latest scientific developments and real world decision-making, helping clients introduce cost-effective measures to build climate resilience into their strategies, processes, and activities.

Appalachian State University

ASU logo Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all.

Blue Ridge Research and Consulting

Acclimatise logoBlue Ridge Research and Consulting delivers cutting-edge solutions to a wide range of acoustic and vibration projects. Their research capabilities give them the unique ability to provide practical solutions to real world problems. Their expertise ranges from military and civilian environmental noise studies to the design of custom state-of-the-art measurement systems and the development of mission planning tools.

Broward County, Florida

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners envisions a home for everyone seeking a sense of community and an exceptional quality of life, and a destination for visitors from every corner of the globe.

Buncombe County, North Carolina

Buncombe County LogoThe mission of the Buncombe County government is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life and an effective and efficient government citizens can trust.


City of Asheville, North Carolina

City of Asheville logoThe City of Asheville is committed to delivering an excellent quality of service to enhance residents' quality of life.


The Collider

At the forefront of Asheville, North Carolina’s emerging global reputation as a center of excellence for the climate science industry is The Collider, a not-for-profit initiative to develop high-tech products, services, solutions and educational programming related to global climate change. 


Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites

CICS-NC LogoThe Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) was formed through a national consortium of academic, non-profit, and community organizations, with leadership from the University of Maryland College Park and North Carolina State University. It is the first experiment by NOAA and academic institutions to engage a geographically dispersed, diverse set of more than 20 partner institutions across the United States to address environmental change, their prediction, and potential impacts. NEMAC works with both CICS-NC and CICS-Maryland.

Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center

USDA Forest Service logoThe Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center was established as part of the U.S. Forest Service's program under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, and is part of a network of early warning activities established by the Forest Service nationwide. The mission of the Eastern Threat Center is to generate, integrate, and apply knowledge to predict, detect, and assess environmental threats to public and private forests of the east, and to deliver this knowledge to managers in ways that are timely, useful, and user friendly.

ERC Broadband

ERC Broadband is a non-profit organization providing fast, reliable, and secure fiber-based network services across the education, healthcare, government, and economic development communities, with a vision to increase the adoption of new technology.


Esri logoEsri brings meaning to maps, using technology that melds maps with data so you can see the world in a smarter way. Esri builds ArcGIS, the most powerful mapping software in the world. ArcGIS connects people with maps, data, and apps through geographic information systems (GIS). It is a location platform that’s accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

FernLeaf Interactive

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FernLeaf Interactive builds software for understanding and visualizing the complex relationships between climate, the environment, and valued assets. FernLeaf helps users move from data to insight about the intersection of human and environmental factors by transforming big data into high-performance services paired with interactive tools.

Greater Appalachian Conservation Partnership

GACP logoThe Greater Appalachian Conservation Partnership, formerly the Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC), serves as a catalyst for conservation collaboration by providing the tools, products, and data, resource managers and partners need to address the environmental threats that are beyond the scope of any one agency.

Hazen and Sawyer

Hazen and Sawyer logoSince 1951, Hazen and Sawyer has focused on two critical activities—helping clients provide safe drinking water to their customers, and controlling water pollution and its effects on the environment.


Kimley-Horn logoAs one of the country's premier design consulting firms, Kimley-Horn applies creativity and rigor to deliver outstanding results. Their engineers, planners, and environmental scientists work within their clients' vision and organizations, bringing a sense of urgency, an above and beyond mindset, and creative yet practical solutions to help them achieve their goals.

Land of Sky Regional Council

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Land of Sky Regional Council is a multi-county, local government planning and development organization providing technical assistance to local governments and administering projects and programs that benefit the region's citizens. The Council's mission is to provide creative regional solutions to relevant and emerging issues in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties while providing a standard of excellence in the delivery of federal, state, and regional services for member communities.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Since their creation by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has become one of the world’s largest conservation grant-makers. They work with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA LogoThe mission of the National Oceanic and Admospheric Administration (NOAA) is "Science, Service, and Stewardship." The federal agency seeks to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; share that knowledge and information with others; and conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. NEMAC works closely with NOAA's Climate Program Office and the Center for Weather and Climate, part of the National Centers for Environmental Information.

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

The primary mission of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is to protect North Carolina's environment and natural resources. In executing this mission, DEQ operates with the broad-based understanding that the following three fundamental principles are integral components of its protective mandate: fundamental philosophy; fundamental economics; and fundamental science.

North Carolina Forest Service

The mission of the North Carolina Forest Service is to protect, manage, and promote forest resources for the citizens of North Carolina. They envision a North Carolina with healthy trees and forests that provide essential environmental, economic, and social benefits served by a professional workforce recognized as a leader in forest protection, emergency response, resource management, and environmental education.

Riverside Technology

Riverside is an internationally recognized engineering, science, and information technology company with more than 30 years of experience providing innovative information technology solutions for environmental decision support systems, using a variety of different environmental data sources, from satellite sensors and imagery to stream gages in local rivers.

Southeast Sustainability Directors Network

The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network is a professional network of local government sustainability officials in the Southeast United States who collaborate to accelerate the adoption of sustainable best practices across the region. The purpose of this network is to build capacity for community sustainability in the Southeast. SSDN strives to support members in their work, influence sustainable policies and programs at the local and state levels, and lead the advancement of national sustainability.

Southern Appalachian Man and the Biosphere Cooperative

The SAMAB Cooperative is made up of 11 federal and three state natural resource agencies. After 25 years of existence, SAMAB has many intangible successes through the building of personal and professional relationships among SAMAB members throughout the Southern Appalachian region that cross political and institutional boundaries.

Southern Group of State Foresters

The mission of the Southern Group of State Foresters is to provide leadership in sustaining the economic, environmental, and social benefits of the South's forests. They work together to identify and address existing and emerging issues and challenges that are important to southern forests and citizens.

Southern Research Station

Southern Research Station LogoThe mission of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station is to create the science and technology needed to sustain and enhance southern forest ecosystems and the benefits they provide. The Station is part of the Research and Development arm of the U.S. Forest Service—the nation's largest forestry research organization. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Southern Research Station serves 13 southern states and beyond with a staff of 130 scientists.

U.S. Forest Service

USDA Forest Service logoThe Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture established in 1905, is a federal agency that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service is also the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies. Its mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

U.S. Global Change Research Program

The U.S. Global Change Research Program was established by Presidential Initiative in 1989 and mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990 to develop and coordinate “a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change.” Its mission is to build a knowledge base that informs human responses to climate and global change through coordinated and integrated federal programs of research, education, communication, and decision support.