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Climate Solutions

icon-solarFrom changes in precipitation and storm activity to increases in ocean temperatures and sea levels, the indicators of climate change are all around us — with dramatic impacts on human health, our ecosystems, and society.

While the effects are serious in the U.S., the impacts pose even greater risks for agriculture, food and water supplies in developing nations — projected to experience the largest percentage of the world’s growth from now until 2100. These threats could quickly erase recent gains in the fight against poverty, hunger and disease.

That’s why iSEE is taking a comprehensive approach with research and programs to address various aspects of climate solutions:

    • Risk
    • Mitigation and adaptation
    • Human health
    • Social vulnerability, conflict and democracy
    • Ecological integrity

 

Funded Projects

Crops in silico: Computer Modeling — from Molecule to Ecosystem

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Awarded $350,000 in July 2015.

Led by Crop Sciences and Plant Biology Professor Stephen Long and Plant Biology Assistant Professor Amy Marshall-Colón, the team will research how to accurately predict and model plant response to climate change — from the molecular to the ecosystem level.

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Cooking with the Sun: Stored Solar Stove

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Awarded $140,00 in June 2014.

Lead by Agricultural and Biological Engineering Professor Bruce Elliott-Litchfield, researchers will develop and field-test prototype cooking systems that use stored solar energy.

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More on Ecosystems

When examining sustainability and climate change, we also need to look holistically at ecosystems and the services they provide. We need to ensure that we do not adversely affect part of the ecosystem while trying to find solutions in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Illinois has many passionate researchers investigating ecosystems and their services.

Check out these links:

Department of Plant Biology

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences

School of Integrative Biology

Illinois Natural History Survey

School of Earth, Society, and Environment

Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology