Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: IGERT: Adaptation to Abrupt Climate Change (A2C2) (Award# 1144423)

PI: Saros, Jasmine (Jasmine.saros@maine.edu)
Phone: (207) 581.2112 
Institute/Department: U of Maine, Climate Change Institute 
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\EHR\DGE\IGERT
Program Manager: Dr. Laura Regassa (lregassa@nsf.gov )
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach |

Project Web Site(s):
Project: http://a2c2igert.umaine.edu/
Data: http://climatechange.umaine.edu/
NSF_Award_Info: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=11...

Science Summary:
This Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) award facilitates the interdisciplinary training of Ph.D. natural and social scientists in adaptation to abrupt climate change: one of the greatest challenges to the sustainability of human society and ecosystem services in the 21st century. This program trains students to conduct collaborative, interdisciplinary research across the natural and social sciences, and to develop innovative policy and management solutions from their research that fosters resilience and adaptation in response to abrupt climate change. Research themes focus on three major challenges that society faces: threats to global security, reductions in ecosystem services, and adaptation in social systems. Novel training elements of this program include a collaborative interdisciplinary research project, and a policy and management internship with organizations that span international, federal and state agencies, as well as the private sector. The risks of abrupt climate change are globally pervasive and include increased numbers of environmental refugees and political conflicts over resources. Determining how to anticipate, avoid, and manage abrupt climate change was recently identified as one of the five grand challenges to global sustainability. This IGERT award trains the next generation of scientists to meet these environmental and social challenges. To promote future recruitment of a diverse science workforce, all IGERT trainees will conduct outreach activities with K-12 students from underrepresented groups. The program also fosters a strong international perspective through research collaborations as well as internship experiences abroad. IGERT is an NSF-wide program intended to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with the interdisciplinary background, deep knowledge in a chosen discipline, and the technical, professional, and personal skills needed for the career demands of the future. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, and to engage students in understanding the processes by which research is translated to innovations for societal benefit.

Logistics Summary:
This award funds an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT). IGERT is an NSF-wide program intended to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with the interdisciplinary background, deep knowledge in a chosen discipline, and the technical, professional, and personal skills needed for the career demands of the future. This particular effort is designed to meet the critical societal challenge of human adaptation to abrupt climate change. Students will study how abrupt climate change may alter the dynamics of coupled natural and human systems and will investigate how to inform policy and management to improve environmental security by enhancing resilience and adaptation. Aspects of this work include a collaborative interdisciplinary research project, and a policy and management internship with organizations that span international, federal and state agencies, as well as the private sector. This IGERT project will support 24 students, a subset of which (4-6) will travel annually to Greenland for related field work. In 2015 - 2017, a field team of 5-7 will travel to Greenland (by a combination of ANG and commercial air) to conduct field work in Kangerlussuaq. Researchers will travel twice in 2018 via commercial air to Kangerlussuaq. In April, two team members will visit field sites, and in June/July, four team members will perform fieldwork for approximately two weeks.

CPS will provide cargo support via the ANG, KISS lab space and satellite phones. All other logistics, including KISS user days, truck rental and personnel travel will be organized by the researcher and paid through the grant
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2015Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 25 / 2015 07 / 16 / 20157
2016Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 26 / 2016 07 / 19 / 20165
2017Greenland - Kangerlussuaq06 / 18 / 2017 06 / 29 / 20177
2018Greenland - Kangerlussuaq04 / 11 / 2018 07 / 09 / 20184
 


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