Colorado picked as U.S. hub for Future Earth climate study project, CU and CSU will manage

By: InnovatioNews Wednesday July 2, 2014 0 comments Tags: Boulder, CSU, CU, Dennis Ojima, Fort Collins, Future Earth, Philip P. DiStefano, Tony Frank


FORT COLLINS/BOULDER - Colorado has been selected as one of five international hubs for Future Earth, a 10-year research initiative to address global environmental change solutions and actions.

The U.S. hub will be based in Colorado and managed jointly by Colorado State University and the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Other Future Earth hubs will be located in Canada, France, Sweden and Japan. In addition, regional hubs will be established in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

The Future Earth initiative builds on decades of global change research with the goal of linking scientists, decision-makers and the private sector to design and develop activities to cope with global changes at local and regional levels.

"The visibility and prestige that Colorado will gain as an international hub for Future Earth will bolster state, national and global research partnerships and allow faculty and students from both (state) universities to play significant roles in solving pressing environmental change issues around the world," said CU's Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano and CSU President Tony Frank in a joint statement.

"This selection of CSU and CU to lead our nation's efforts on the world stage speaks to the combined research strengths of our two universities and how the global scientific community - and people around the world - will benefit from this significant collaboration."

As part of Future Earth, scientists will continue to monitor and forecast changes in Earth's systems, including climate, atmospheric chemistry, water, ecosystems and biodiversity.

"The U.S. hub of Future Earth will work closely with Colorado research institutions such  as the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth Systems Research Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, other federal agencies and national groups such as the Consortium for Ocean Leadership that have long and mutually beneficial relationships with both universities and the state of Colorado," said Professor Dennis Ojima, lead scientist for the CSU part of Future Earth.

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