Climate and Ecosystem Change

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Correcting Our Course

As the climate changes, so do the earth's ecosystems. Through the work of the Climate Consortium and other initiatives, Penn State researchers work to understand, model, and manage the risks of anthropogenic, or human-driven, climate change.

From Research to Impact

Managing the risks of anthropogenic climate change poses significant challenges both now and in the future. Warmer and more extreme weather events will increase the risk of natural disturbances, increase the burden of pests and pathogens, threaten public health, and expose vulnerabilities in critical infrastructural systems. The burden of climate resilience and adaptation will fall unequally and inequitably, burdening people of color and rural and poor communities disproportionately.

Penn State has the critical mass to be a world leader in climate and ecosystem change. IEE’s commitment to supporting interdisciplinary research in energy and the environment means we have a unique opportunity to identify solutions to these impacts across natural, social, and built systems. 

Major initiatives within this theme include but are not limited to climate variability and change, ecosystem productivity and biodiversity, stressors and resilience, food and water security, and polar science.


    Penn State is dedicating research and its own activities to do everything possible to reduce carbon emissions. Penn State researchers, staff, and students are already addressing the challenges brought on by carbon emissions. It is Penn State's commitment to continue this important work.

    Climate and Ecosystem Change Research

     

    Featured IEE Researchers

    Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Associate Professor, Biology

    Climate and Ecosystem Change News

    Featured Stories

    Radiocarbon lab equips scientists, students with key knowledge, techniques

    | psu.edu

    The researchers in Penn State’s Radiocarbon Laboratory provide radiocarbon measurements on materials up 45,000 years old, and they collaborate with researchers from around the world, sharing best practices, their expertise and training opportunities.

    Aquatic organisms respond to flooding and drought disturbance in different ways

    | psu.edu

    Populations of various species of aquatic insects and other invertebrates respond to flooding and waterway drying due to drought in different ways that can be anticipated, according to a new Penn State-led study that employed a novel method to assess the stability of stream ecosystems.

    Mentions: Daniel Allen

    Communicating Climate in a Complex World

    Four leading experts—an atmospheric scientist, an archaeologist, a coral reef biologist, and a professor of media studies—share their diverse perspectives on what needs to be most urgently communicated about climate change now.

    Join us for an in-depth climate change panel discussion as scientists and journalists relate their experiences communicating their research with the media and other audiences.