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INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY, ENERGY, AND ENVIRONMENT
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS 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.

Water Scholars at Work

(click to enlarge images and view as a slide show; more scholars’ studies profiled on each of the Areas of Excellence landing pages)

Researchers

Michael Aiuvalasit

Michael Aiuvalasit

Environmental archaeologist

Brian Allan

Brian Allan

Entomology and disease ecology

Carl Bernacchi

Carl Bernacchi

Biofuels and plant biology

Greg Byard

Greg Byard

Flood risk analysis

Reid Christianson

Reid Christianson

Water quality, agricultural conservation, nutrient management

Jessica Conroy

Jessica Conroy

Climate and paleoclimate

Tatyana Deryugina

Tatyana Deryugina

Economics and policy

Larry Di Girolamo

Larry Di Girolamo

Atmospheric sciences

Jennifer Fraterrigo

Jennifer Fraterrigo

Ecosystem ecology

Daniel Gambill

Daniel Gambill

Stormwater and hydrologic modeling

Benjamin Gramig

Benjamin Gramig

Agriculture, environment, irrigation

Kaiyu Guan

Kaiyu Guan

Ecohydrology, drought, climate, food-energy-water nexus

Jorge Guzman

Jorge Guzman

Hydrology and water resources

Glenn Heistand

Glenn Heistand

Hydrology, hydraulic engineering

Stephen Nesbitt

Stephen Nesbitt

Hydrometeorology

Helen Nguyen

Helen Nguyen

Environmental engineering

Justin Cory Pettijohn

Justin Cory Pettijohn

Hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrometeorology

Andrew Phillips

Andrew Phillips

Hydrogeology

Ann-Perry Witmer

Ann-Perry Witmer

Civil engineering

Don Wuebbles

Don Wuebbles

Atmospheric sciences

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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