Introduction to Rising Voices (Video)


Rising Voices: Climate Resilience through Indigenous and Earth Sciences (Rising Voices) is a network of Indigenous, tribal, and community leaders, atmospheric, social, biological, and ecological scientists, students, educators, and other experts from across the United States and around the world.

The program is co-administered by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research/National Center for Atmospheric Research (UCAR|NCAR) and the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) in partnership with Haskell Indian Nations University, the Indigenous Peoples’ Climate Change Working Group, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management.

Vision and Mission

Our Vision is to transcend the boundaries that often separate science from society and achieve culturally relevant and scientifically robust climate and weather actions through intercultural, relational, and collaborative work that brings together Indigenous knowledges and sciences with Earth sciences in a respectful and inclusive manner.

Our Mission is to facilitate intercultural and relational collaborations for understanding and adapting to extreme weather and climate events, variability, and change, and to support a growing network of collaborators with diverse cultural, community, geographic, and educational backgrounds.


At its core, Rising Voices aims to:

  • advance science through collaborations that bring Indigenous and Earth (atmospheric, social, biological, ecological) sciences into partnership (please see the video about this aim);
  • support adaptive and resilient communities through sharing scientific capacity (please see the video about this aim); and
  • provide opportunities for Indigenous students and early career scientists through scientific and community mentoring (please see the video about this aim).


Rising Voices holds the following values:

  • a diversity of views and opinions, including acknowledging the inherent value of Indigenous knowledge systems and Indigenous science, adaptive practices, and processes;
  • relational-based, as opposed to extractive or transactional-based science;
  • listening, learning, and sharing between and across cultures and generations;
  • relationship-building and developing trust over time; and
  • respect and awareness of diverse experiences and histories as current relationships and collaborations are shaped by colonial histories.

RV UCAR/NCAR Code of Conduct

Rising Voices Ethics Guidelines