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INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY, AND ENVIRONMENT
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

 

 

ADAPTING IN A CHANGING CLIMATE

13-w-adaptingWhile existing distributions of water have sustained human societies and natural ecosystems, rapid growth in water use by humans over recent decades has severely stressed these resources throughout much of the world. Complicating these stresses, shifts in weather patterns due to climate change will disrupt current patterns in consumptive, agricultural, and ecosystem use. If these climate changes are rapid — causing drought and flooding — their impacts on water distribution threaten not only human societal patterns, safety, and structures, but also the stability of ecosystems on a global level.

 

Areas of Research Focus

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, research teams across the campus are focused on the various topics related to sustainable water management and the impacts of changing climate. These researchers include topical specialists and global leaders in areas addressing:

  • the science and engineering of water movement across a highly managed globe;
  • the development of technological solutions to sustainably manage water resources for human and ecosystem health;
  • the development of strategies and policies used to guide societal choices in adopting the best of these technological solutions; and
  • the development, calibration, and analysis of earth system models to address complexities in water supply and management under a changing climate.

Researchers

Brian Allan

Brian Allan

Entomology and disease ecology

Entomology Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Carl Bernacchi

Carl Bernacchi

Biofuels and plant biology

Plant Biology Dept profile

Lab page

Greg Byard

Greg Byard

Flood risk analysis

Illinois State Water Survey profile

Jessica Conroy

Jessica Conroy

Climate and paleoclimate

Geology Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Tatyana Deryugina

Tatyana Deryugina

Economics and policy

Business at Illinois profile

Research page

Illinois Experts page

Larry Di Girolamo

Larry Di Girolamo

Atmospheric sciences

Atmospheric Sciences Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Jennifer Fraterrigo

Jennifer Fraterrigo

Ecosystem ecology

NRES Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Daniel Gambill

Daniel Gambill

Stormwater and hydrologic modeling

Construction Research Engineering Laboratory (CERL) website

 Arezoo Khodayari

Arezoo Khodayari

Atmospheric sciences

Atmospheric Sciences Dept profile

Helen Nguyen

Helen Nguyen

Environmental engineering

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Illinois Experts page

Emily Poynter Jenkins

Emily Poynter Jenkins

Stream restoration and water resources engineering

Illinois State Water Survey profile

Murugesu Sivapalan

Murugesu Sivapalan

Hydrology and civil engineering

CEE Dept profile

Geography & GIS Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

Al Valocchi

Al Valocchi

Hydrology

CEE Dept profile

Lab page

Ann-Perry Witmer

Ann-Perry Witmer

Civil engineering

IEFX profile

Don Wuebbles

Don Wuebbles

Atmospheric sciences

Atmospheric Sciences Dept profile

Illinois Experts page

ONGOING GRANTS & GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor Megan Konar is part of a multi-institutional team studying climate-related hazards — and their effect on food security — in sub-Saharan Africa. Read more about the team and its $2.5 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant here.

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