Managing the risks of anthropogenic climate change poses significant challenges at the nexus of natural and social sciences, ethics, engineering, and mathematics. Penn State has the critical mass to become a world leader in this area. Realizing this potential, however, requires integrated assessment of system interactions leading to societal change. This will in turn require investments in mission-oriented basic research across the involved disciplines.
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.
- Polar science.