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Title: University of Rhode Island Regional Earth Systems Center

Abstract

The primary objective of this program was to establish the URI Regional Earth System Center (“Center”) that would enhance overall societal wellbeing (health, financial, environmental) by utilizing the best scientific information and technology to achieve optimal policy decisions with maximum stakeholder commitment for energy development, coastal environmental management, water resources protection and human health protection, while accelerating regional economic growth. The Center was to serve to integrate existing URI institutional strengths in energy, coastal environmental management, water resources, and human wellbeing. This integrated research, educational and public/private sector outreach Center was to focus on local, state and regional resources. The centerpiece activity of the Center was in the development and implementation of integrated assessment models (IAMs) that both ‘downscaled’ global observations and interpolated/extrapolated regional observations for analyzing the complexity of interactions among humans and the natural climate system to further our understanding and, ultimately, to predict the future state of our regional earth system. The Center was to begin by first ‘downscaling’ existing global earth systems management tools for studying the causes of local, state and regional climate change and potential social and environmental consequences, with a focus on the regional resources identified above. The Center would ultimately need tomore » address the full feedbacks inherent in the nonlinear earth systems by quantifying the “upscaled” impacts of those regional changes on the global earth system. Through an interacting suite of computer simulations that are informed by observations from the nation’s evolving climate observatories, the Center activities integrates climate science, technology, economics, and social policy into forecasts that will inform solutions to pressing issues in regional climate change science, ‘green economy’ investment and climate policy. These project objectives were designed as part of a 5-year program, which would have constituted the initial phase for the establishment of the Center. Almost immediately (i.e. before receiving even the first year of funding) we were informed that we would not be receiving any funding beyond the initial phase; one year. This seriously impacted our ability to deliver on our objectives and, with that, a re-scoping of the Center priorities was designed to fit the 1-year constraints on funding. It was decided that, given the Center’s emphasis on building IAMs, the best way to proceed was to first focus on one particularly important component of the IAM – a natural sciences model that would be useful for research and forecasting of the circualation/ecology/biogeochemistry of RI’s coastal waters. We have succeeded on that necessarily more limited objective, as we will describe below.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1342528
Report Number(s):
DOE-URI-SC0005432
uri rOTHSTEIN 0002725
DOE Contract Number:  
SC0005432
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; Regional, Earth Systems Science, URI, Center, circulation, Rhode Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Mid-Atlantic Bight

Citation Formats

Rothstein, Lewis, and Cornillon, P. University of Rhode Island Regional Earth Systems Center. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1342528.
Rothstein, Lewis, & Cornillon, P. University of Rhode Island Regional Earth Systems Center. United States. doi:10.2172/1342528.
Rothstein, Lewis, and Cornillon, P. Mon . "University of Rhode Island Regional Earth Systems Center". United States. doi:10.2172/1342528. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1342528.
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