Water and Land Stewardship
Natural resources — fresh water, clean air, forests, grasslands, and marine assets — provide not only sustenance for humans and wildlife, but also a foundation for social and economic development.
Degradation and loss of natural assets is a major threat to 85% of all species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. What’s more, the impact of chemical pollution is creating a chain reaction that’s causing debilitating mutations to fish and animals while imposing unsafe levels of toxins to the human food supply.
To help halt this dramatic situation, iSEE is serving as a unified source for new insight into water and land stewardship:
- Land use change
- Freshwater resources and purity
- Conservation and biodiversity
- Land and resource tenure
Stormwater and Mosquito Control
Awarded $350,000 in July 2015.
Led by Entomology Associate Professor Brian Allan, the team’s goal is to offer solutions, technology, and modeling for stormwater management in hopes of controlling mosquito populations and resulting diseases.
Oil Pollution Treatment: Nano-CarboScavengers
Awarded $170,000 in July 2015.
Led by Bioengineering Associate Professor Dipanjan Pan, the team will continue developing and optimizing a Nano-CarboScavenger (NCS), a particle designed to attract oil for easy removal from water.
Multi-Paddock Grazing Management
The Arizona State University Foundation awarded more than $1 million to this University of Illinois team in 2018.
Led by iSEE Visiting Research Scientist Nuria Gomez-Casanovas, the project will investigate how emerging adaptive multi-paddock grazing management (AMP) that has the potential to increase soil carbon sequestration compared to the ‘business as usual’ continuous grazing (CG) affects the delivery of regulating services — greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation and water use efficiency (WUE) — from grazed pastures used for livestock production.
Smart Water Disinfection: Targeting Viruses
Awarded $400,000 in June 2014.
Led by Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Benito Mariñas, the project will work to overcome safe water challenges in emerging populations as well as those looming in the developed world. The iSEE funding will help secure a large research center focused on smart systems for safe global water.
iSEE-affiliated Research Center
Water at Illinois
Illinois is home to many experts who research the myriad of issues surrounding water. Explore Illinois’ area of expertise; labs, facilities, and centers; and find individual experts at the Water at Illinois website.