Building and studying a virtual organization for adaptation to climate change

  • Funded By: National Science Foundation
  • ECI Investigators: Nitesh Chawla, Jessica Hellmann, Robert Nabrzyski, Jason McLachlan & Debra Javeline
  • Partners: The Nature Conservancy

Building and studying a virtual organization for adaptation to climate change

This project creates a climate adaptation virtual community linking people and shared resources to enable informed decision-making. Increasingly, policymakers recognize that evaluation of adaptation strategies must be informed by expertise in environmental science, law, engineering, and other disciplines.  Adaptation to climate change necessitates an unprecedented mobilization, coordination and integration of data, information, and knowledge, enabled by emerging technologies and cyberinfrastructure.

Notre Dame researchers with the Collaboratory for Adaptation to Climate Change rely on cyber infrastructure, data management, and computational algorithms to create the virtual organization.  This includes tools to generate ecological projections, survey data on expert opinion, and mine social media on the issue of climate change.  The project also incorporates interactive mapping and an information clearinghouse on regulation related to adaptation.  The Collaboratory transforms the climate change community through its inter-disciplinary integration and leads the science of adaptation to climate change.  The ultimate goal is to make the Collaboratory a one-stop shop that encompasses multiple dimensions of climate change adaptation.

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