The initiative aims to improve forecasts of climatic, hydrographic, and biotic change (including disease vectors); assess public perception of risk and improve methods for communicating the implications of environmental change; reconfigure strategies for conserving natural resources and designing resilient human communities; and develop strategies for governments and businesses to invest productively in the face of large-scale environmental change. Sixteen new faculty positions will be created to support this work, including two in EAS in the area of climate modeling.
Several EAS faculty are involved, including David Polly, who is the Associate Director of the initiative, Chanh Kieu, Paul Staten, Doug Edmonds, Arndt Schimmelmann, Peter Sauer, Edward Hermann, Brian Yanites, Claudia Johnson, and Chen Zhu. The initiative will bring several postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to the department, upgrade our stable isotope facilities, and add LiDAR technology.
See more about the Prepared for Environmental Change initiative funded by the IU Grand Challenges program.