Shih-Chieh Kao—geography as destiny

It has often been said that “biology is destiny” or “anatomy is destiny.” Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said “character is destiny.” But when it comes to climatology and climate scientists, geography may well be destiny. CCSI scientist Shih-Chieh Kao, team leader of the Hydrologic Systems Analysis Team in the Environmental Science Division, is a good example of this. Kao was born and raised on Taiwan, an island nation in the extreme western Pacific. The eastern two-thirds of Taiwan are very mountainous, and only about 20% of the land is “usable.” Not only is it subject to three or four hurricanes per year, but because it is situated in a complex seismic zone, it is also subject to earthquakes.

NGEE-Arctic—putting a face on climate change

Scientists have long known about the fragility of the Arctic, where temperatures are rising at a rate twice that of the global average, but how those vulnerabilities will play out in the coming years is not well understood.

CCSI contributes to formation of Lorentz BioPanel and action plan

Keith Kline of the Environmental Science Division and Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) recently participated in a groundbreaking workshop that resulted in the creation of the Lorentz BioPanel. The Lorentz Biopanel vision is to support policies and decisions that facilitate achievement of sustainable development goals by overcoming barriers to a biobased economy.

Meet the Climate Change Science Institute - New Introductory Video

Check out our new video highlighting the exciting research and scientists working at the Climate Change Science Institute. Click here to see the video.

Preston named to 2016–2017 Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement

The Climate Change Science Institute’s Benjamin Preston has been named a 2016–2017 Public Engagement Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement. As a AAAS Public Engagement Fellow, Preston will receive a week of “intensive” public engagement training and networking in Washington, DC, and a year of support from AAAS staff.