About the Initiative

The goal of this initiative is to create a process for encouraging cross-disciplinary work across the Institute. We aim for the Institute to be more proactive in coming together around common work and identifying opportunities for which we have unique capacity. We aim for a more strategic and systematic engagement for researchers and faculty to apply their expertise to theme-driven research in response to complex global challenges at an Institute-wide level.

Climate adaptation was selected as the first three-year theme because it is one of the broadest sustainability issues and we can include a large fraction of the Earth Institute community. This theme encompasses basic research in Earth systems, Earth-human interactions, and the integrating of emerging scientific knowledge around climate science and adaptation.

Nearly every Earth Institute center is engaged in climate adaptation in some way, but most specific efforts involve only small subsets of Earth Institute members. The project envisioned here would be larger and more inclusive. We would look to the Earth Institute community, led by a steering committee, to refine and narrow the scope of the initiative and define the activity.