Wednesday, March 31, 2010

NSF to Award Study Grants re; Interactions of Human Activity on the Environment

Apparently, they are looking to study how human activity effects the environment and they have several specific focus points including; Pandas and People; Mississippi River Nutrients; Suburbanization Effects; Mediterranean Landscapes; Sea-level Rise and Storms. How about we contact them to ask them PLEASE to study the effects of humans grazing their cattle on our public lands....hummm. Do you think they wll go for that idea? If not, why not? Hummm again. Do I feel a new petition coming on? lol

March 31, 2010

How do humans and their environment interact, and how can we use knowledge of these links to adapt to a planet undergoing radical climate and other environmental changes?

To answer these and related questions, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded more than 30 grants to scientists, engineers and educators across the country to study coupled natural and human systems (CNH).

To showcase recent CNH accomplishments and to discuss opportunities for this research in the future, a symposium will take place at NSF on the afternoon of Thursday, April 15, 2010.

Highlighted will be human effects on the Mississippi River; causes and consequences of suburbanization in Boston and other cities; sea-level rise and the changing frequency and severity of storms; landscape dynamics in the Mediterranean; and what pandas, people and policies have to tell us about the complexity of our planet.

The CNH program is supported by NSF's directorates for Geosciences; Biological Sciences; and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

Research conducted with CNH funding is providing a better understanding of natural processes and cycles, and human behavior and decisions and how and where they intersect.

Understanding coupled natural and human systems lies at the heart of the quest for global sustainability, and generates crucial knowledge for solutions to environmental and socioeconomic challenges.

To promote collaborations among CNH projects and to mentor a new generation of interdisciplinary scientists, NSF also supports the International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS-Net), based at Michigan State University.


Symposium on Frontiers in Research on Coupled Natural and Human Systems


Scientists conducting research on CNH topics


Thursday, April 15, 2010, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.


National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 110, Arlington, VA 22230

Detailed Agenda:

2 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions

2:10 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Hypoxia and the Mississippi River Basin as a Model System: What are the Key Linkages Governing the Social-Ecological Interface?
Laurie Drinkwater, Cornell University

2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Mapping and Modeling the Causes and Consequences of Suburbanization in Boston
Colin Polsky, Clark University

2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
With Sea-Level Rise and Changing Storms, Humans React To Shoreline Erosion-but Shorelines React Back
Brad Murray, Duke University

3:10 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

3:25 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Coupling the Past, Present and Future of Socio-Ecological Systems: The Mediterranean Landscape Dynamics Project
Michael Barton, Arizona State University

3:45 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.
From Local to Global Coupled Human and Natural Systems: Pandas, People, Policies and Planet
Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Michigan State University

4:05 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Prospects and Opportunities
Open Discussion - All Participants


Media Contacts
Cheryl Dybas, NSF (703) 292-7734

Related Websites
2009 CNH News Release: NSF Awards Grants for Studies of Coupled Natural and Human Systems:
2008 CNH News Release: NSF Awards 10 Grants for Studies of Coupled Natural and Human Systems:
2007 CNH News Release: NSF Awards 12 Grants for Research on Coupled Natural and Human Systems:

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Change in land-cover patterns is the subject of CNH-funded research.
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The aftereffects of Hurricane Isabel in 2003 on beachfront property in Rodanthe, N.C.
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CNH researchers are studying landscapes in Spain and elsewhere in the Mediterranean.
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An Illinois river at flood stage, carrying high amounts of nitrate to the Gulf of Mexico.

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