Human activities are changing the Earth’s climate, thereby threatening human health and safety; the security of our food, energy, and water systems; and long-term societal goals of prosperity, justice, and peace. Researchers in ESS are tackling many of these challenges, assessing opportunities to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from energy and food systems, use natural resources sustainably, and support adaptations for more resilient and equitable futures.
Uses a wide range of environmental and economic data and multidisciplinary approaches to analyze the impacts from and on food, water, and energy systems. Research projects are problem-driven and solutions-oriented
Mapping and valuing of ecosystem services to understanding the economic consequences of land degradation on human well-being
Bridge between the disciplines of hydrology, climatology, and remote sensing to address critical global water resource issues
How terrestrial ecosystems work, with an emphasis on what controls the exchanges of gases and energy between land surfaces and the atmosphere
Global change in terrestrial ecosystems
Combines field observation with geochemical analyses to understand how climate and anthropogenic activities impact carbon cycling and storage in (Arctic) land ecosystems, air pollution, and the global carbon cycle.