Our researchers are bringing a transdisciplinary approach to their work. Our natural sciences research is generating predictive modeling of changes in climate (temperature and precipitation), fluvial dynamics (groundwater processes, river and stream flow, erosion and sediment transport), and vegetation and wildlife (pest species, disease vectors and beneficial species, such as crop pollinators).
While natural science is core to environmental forecasting, social science and the humanities are critical to understanding how people comprehend and adapt to change.
Our social science research examines how public opinion, individual and institutional behaviors and the political landscape interact to generate societal response to long-term change. This research will lead to effective strategies for communicating scientific and policy information to a culturally and politically diverse population, and it will inform practical and economically viable solutions that will allow the human-built and natural environments to withstand the coming changes.
No solutions-based research is meaningful unless it brings people messages that are usable in daily living. Approaches that engage creativity and affective qualities, which come from the arts and the humanities, are known to resonate powerfully with many audiences.