Climatic Geosciences Program
Recognizing the importance of climate in terms of extreme weather, agriculture and property loss in West Virginia, the Institute of Water Security and Science (IWSS) strategically implemented a Climatic Geosciences program to identify current and emerging climate-influenced, socio-economic opportunities and improve awareness and preparation for climatic events that threaten human lives and property. This will be accomplished by improving climate monitoring infrastructure, high-quality education opportunities and research outcomes focused on integration of climate sciences with other disciplines in West Virginia.
As part of the Climatic Geosciences program, the IWSS will investigate interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere and prepare the next generation of professionals for opportunities and challenges posed by a variable and changing climate. The program will attract students, researchers, faculty, educational institutions, federal agencies, and other partners to:
- Advance climate knowledge, science, and policy by improving the quality and quantity of climate monitoring infrastructure in West Virginia
- Investigate how changing climate variables may alter exchanges of energy and mass (i.e. water) between the biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere
- Raise awareness of emerging climate-influenced, socio-economic opportunities to increase prosperity of West Virginia citizens
- Pursue interdisciplinary collaborations to develop sustainable solutions to critical threats facing West Virginia’s water security, human health and property.
- Prepare the next generation of professionals through integrated, interdisciplinary education and research opportunities.