Researchers at UVA's Environmental Institute (EI) have partnered with the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Data Science, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science on an initiative bridging global-scale climate dynamics with regional/local processes and systems. Outcomes from this research will guide decision-making for equitable climate resilience and sustainability outcomes.
The Institute believes in moving research to action and in equitable solutions, and G2C work is integral to these efforts. Global climate change is the greatest challenge of the 21st century and it affects all aspects of society including health, commerce, and democracy. Climate impacts are being felt across the United States and the world through extreme weather, changes to coastal regions, and stress on food, energy, and water systems, among other impacts. It is the goal of G2C to bring interdisciplinary research to these pressing problems.
This initiative’s research objectives are organized around three overarching themes:
1. utilizing downscaling and model-data fusion to make advances in climate science more actionable and equitable at the local scale;
2. leveraging cyber-physical systems (CPS) to advance the ability to monitor energy and water flows within communities, reduce energy consumption at the building scale, and mitigate global climate change impacts to infrastructure systems; and
3. exploring how engineering and nature-based approaches to decarbonization be realistically integrated at the regional scale to cut emissions in line with global climate goals.