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Research & Initiatives

After Copenhagen: Climate Governance and the Road Ahead

The Copenhagen conference provides important lessons for future international cooperation on climate change. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting showed that global conferences (with hundreds of... More
Faculty & Staff

Bickel, J. Eric

J. Eric Bickel's research interests include the theory and practice of decision analysis and its application in the energy arena. His research has addressed the modeling of probabilistic dependence, value of information,... More
Courses

Building Energy Management Systems (C E 397)

Sustainability increasingly drives the decisions of consumers, producers, institutions, and governments. Thus, appropriate decision paradigms and improved analytical techniques are needed. Drawing on a broad array of dis... More
Faculty & Staff

Busby, Joshua

Busby is the author of several studies on climate change, national security, and energy policy from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, and CNAS. His research interests also include U.S. grand st... More
Faculty & Staff

Butzer, Karl

Environmental history and geoarchaeology, human impact on the environment, sustainability, soil erosion and climate change in the Mediterranean world, Africa and Mexico. More
Faculty & Staff

Civins, Jeff

Mr. Civins specializes in all aspects of environmental law and toxic tort litigation and has taught a seminar on Environmental Litigation each Spring since 1992. More
Courses

Climate Change (PA 682GB)

This PRP examines the topic of climate change and security in Africa. In this course, we will be mapping the vulnerability of African states to climate change using geographic information systems (GIS) for a large grant ... More
Courses

Climate Change (GRG 333K)

Examines changes in climatic systems over both short and long time periods in relation to impacts on physical and ecological systems. Discusses past, present, and future changes in climatic conditions and the methods use... More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Change Adaptation Strategies - Rio Santa Basin, Peru

Researchers from the Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) at The University of Texas at Austin engaged in a program of developing water management tools for use in the Rio Santa basin of Peru. The research is ... More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS)

The Robert S. Strauss Center’s Program on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) seeks to better understand the relationship between the growing threat of climate change and the ability of African count... More
Courses

Climate Change and Public Discourse-W (GRG 360E)

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Research & Initiatives

Climate Change Working Group, ESI

UT's Environmental Science Institute's Climate Change Working Group has members focused on all aspects of Climate Change such as history, modeling, impacts, process studies, remediation, and education and outreach. More
Courses

Climate Change: Current Literature (GEO 391)

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Degree Plans & Curricula

Climate Systems Science - Geological Science (MA, MS, PhD)

Modern climate change may be the single most important problem humanity has ever faced. The new Climate Systems Science program at the Jackson School of Geosciences is poised to answer some of the most pressing questions... More
Research & Initiatives

Climate Systems Science Research Group

The Jackson School of Geosciences Climate Systems Science group includes researchers from diverse geoscience disciplines coming together to improve our understanding of the Earth\'s climate system. The group is involved ... More
Courses

Climate Walks (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

The architecture of the future will need to be based on detailed climatic analysis, taking into account the impact of solar radiation, temperature, humidity and wind on buildings. Only close attention to the climate and ... More
Research & Initiatives

Collaborative Research. IPY: Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (Arctic-GRO)

The Arctic Great Rivers Observatory (Arctic-GRO) project will assess river constituent (chemistry, isotopes, nutrients) fluxes and discharge in the Ob\', Yenisey, Lena, Kolyma, Yukon and Mackenzie Rivers. These observati... More
Research & Initiatives

Collaborative Research: Calibrating the Paleosol Carbonate CO2 Barometer for Vertic Paleosols by Monitoring Soil CO2 in Modern Vertisols

Intellectual Merit: A calibration of the paleosol carbonate CO2 barometer is proposed in order to improve estimates of the concentration of CO2 in Earth\'s ancient atmosphere. The concentration of CO2 in the soil during ... More
Research & Initiatives

Collaborative Research: Chemical Weathering and Organic Carbon Export from Arctic Watersheds, North Slope, Alaska

Recent climate change has dramatically impacted the Arctic, and models suggest that accelerated effects will occur in the future as CO2 continues to accumulate in the atmosphere. Understanding this problem is important b... More
Research & Initiatives

Cool It

My research is featured in this documentary, which addresses possible responses to climate change. More
Research & Initiatives

Development of an Integrated Superconducting Gravity Meter Sensor System

This grant supports acquisition, development and testing of a field superconducting gravity-meter (FSG) as an ultra-sensitive system for monitoring fluctuations and trends in subsurface water storage over long (months) u... More
Faculty & Staff

Dunton, Kenneth

Dr. Dunton's research interests include benthic marine vegetation of subtropical and polar regions, including the biology of high latitude kelps and the ecology of subtropical seagrass and estuarine marsh communities; st... More
Courses

Ecology, Evolution and Society (BIO 301M)

Designed for nonscience majors. Introduction to environmental adaptations, diversity of organisms, species interactions, organization and processes of communities, population growth and limitations, evolution and populat... More
Research & Initiatives

Energy and Environment Resource Studies

The Bureau of Economic Geology has long been a leader in oil and gas resource studies. We are applying these proven research tools to the development of new hydrologic and geomorphic studies that provide a framework for ... More
Courses

Environmental Clinic (LAW 397C; LAW 397D)

In this clinic, students will work to improve environmental quality and protect the public health of low-income communities in Texas. The clinic's projects are varied and have involved work in federal and state court, be... More
Centers & Institutes

Environmental Science Institute

The Environmental Science Institute is a multi-disciplinary institute for basic scientific research in environmental studies at UT. The Institute serves as a focal point on campus for a wide scope of interdisciplinary r... More
Research & Initiatives

Environmental Uncertainties and Livelihood Thresholds in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

This research will combine insights from both social and natural sciences to understand how variability and uncertainty in time and space impact human-environment interactions. The project will examine social responses t... More
Faculty & Staff

Gamkhar, Shama

Shama Gamkhar teaches courses on public finance, financial management and environmental economic policy. Her research interests include fiscal federalism, intergovernmental grants, transportation finance, public school ... More
Faculty & Staff

Gavin, Francis

A historian by training, Francis J. Gavin\'s teaching and research interests focus on U.S. foreign policy, global governance, national security affairs, nuclear strategy and arms control, presidential policymaking, and t... More
Research & Initiatives

Geological CO2 Storage and Natural CO2 Reservoirs

Geological CO2 storage is currently the only option to mitigate anthropogenic CO2 emissions from continued use of fossil fuels. Secure geologic storage of CO2 requires an understanding of the long-term evolution of CO2 i... More
Courses

Globalization (SOC S340C )

This course provides an overview of the interrelated processes of economic, political, and cultural globalization. Under the heading of economic globalization, we will focus on multinational corporations, international f... More
Centers & Institutes

Gulf Coast Carbon Center

The Gulf Coast Carbon Center seeks to apply its technical and educational resources to implement geologic storage of anthropogenic carbon dioxide on an aggressive time scale with a focus in a region where large-scale red... More
Faculty & Staff

Hesse, Marc

Flow and transport in porous media, reactive flow, multi-phase flow, geomechanics, mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, geological CO2 storage, magma dynamics. More
Faculty & Staff

Hovorka, Susan

Dr. Susan Hovorka is interested in the application of geological techniques to environmental problems, particularly focusing on the issue of permeability in both tight and very transmissive systems. This interest has lea... More
Research & Initiatives

ICESat-2 Science Definition Team

This effort provides input to the Science Definition Team for NASA's ICESat-2 (Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2) which is scheduled to be launched in 2015. One of four top-priority missions listed in the National... More
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Improved Prediction of Climate Impacts on Migratory Pathways Through Machine Learning, Hydrologic Modeling and Network

Climate change is predicted to have profound effects on precipitation regimes worldwide. Wetlands and wetland-dependent spaces may be strongly impacted by increases and decreases in rainfall. We propose to model hist... More
Courses

International Development Aid for Climate Change Adaption in Africa (PA 682GA)

This PRP examines international development aid for climate adaptation in Africa. It is funded by a multiyear, multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Minerva Initiative on Climate Change and Afric... More
Faculty & Staff

Knapp, Gregory

Gregory Knapp's research, books, and teaching focus on culture, environment, and change, especially in Latin America. He has long been interested in resource stewardship as conditioned by institutions, cultural goals, an... More
Faculty & Staff

Lara, Fernando

Fernando Luiz Lara is a Brazilian architect with degrees from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (BArch, 1993) and the University of Michigan (PhD, 2001). Prof. Lara's interests revolve around Latin American 20th cen... More
Faculty & Staff

Liedl, Petra

Petra Liedl is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the interaction of climate, buildings, comfort and energy with an interdisciplinary approach in teaching, research and practice. Her current research focuse... More
Research & Initiatives

Linking ICESat Observations to Cryosat-2: Elevation Change Detection, Waveform Analysis, and Cross-Calibration

The ICESat (Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite) and Cryosat-2 missions both make global elevation measurements, both with a critical emphasis on the polar regions (Greenland, Antarctica, and sea ice). This research c... More
Faculty & Staff

Moran, Ashley

Ashley McIlvain Moran is an Associate at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and manages the program on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS). Her work focuses on democratic l... More
Faculty & Staff

Olson, Hilary

Hilary is a stratigrapher who integrates biostratigraphic and paleoenvironmental data (foraminifera) with core and seismic data. Her regional experience includes the Gulf of Mexico, Faeroe Basin, San Joaquin Valley (CA),... More
Research & Initiatives

Public Understanding of Science and Health (PUSH)

PUSH is a research and teaching initiative of the College of Communication with the mission to improve the public's understanding of - and engagement with - science and health topics. PUSH aims to facilitate relationship... More
Research & Initiatives

Quantifying Ecosystem Integrity Under Climate Change Using Meta-Analysis

The objectives of this research are (1) To conduct quantitative syntheses of biotic responses to climate change contributing to alterations in the structure, function and distributions of terrestrial ecosystems in the US... More
Courses

Religion, Environment, and Society (GRG 356T; REE 345; RS 373)

The ongoing ‘ clash of civilization’ in the modern world derives in part from profound differences in religious systems and traditions, environmental attitudes and societal norms and taboos. Over the course of the se... More
Courses

Research in Climate Change Science (GEO 394)

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Centers & Institutes

Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at The University of Texas at Austin provides the imagination, leadership and intellectual innovation required to help meet the challenges of the 21st centu... More
Research & Initiatives

Sequestration of Greenhouse Gases in Brine Formations

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by injecting unwanted gases into unused deep-brine-bearing aquifers is an attractive option because large-volume sinks underlie many carbon dioxide sources. In this study, funded by DOE/... More
Faculty & Staff

Shearer, Allan

Dr. Shearer's research centers how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present day decisions. Focusing on issues rela... More
Research & Initiatives

Switchgrass Response to Future Climate Change

A critical challenge of the 21st century is to discover large-scale sources of sustainable energy. While various alternatives to fossil fuels are currently being developed for electricity production (e.g. solar, nuclear,... More
Faculty & Staff

Taylor, Melinda

Melinda Taylor's research interests include the protection of endangered species and water resources, use of incentives and market mechanisms to encourage conservation of private land and water resources, and environment... More
Research & Initiatives

The Economics of Climate Engineering

This work addresses possible responses to climate change. More
Courses

The End of Nature (GRG 396T; GER 394C; ANT 394M; AMS 391; GEO 391)

From Silent Spring to the Death of Environmentalism: an introduction to the history of environmentalism and recent approaches to cope with the challenge of climate change. More
Research & Initiatives

The Hidden Half of Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change: What Happens Belowground?

Our goal is to understand how soils and soil microorganisms will respond to climate change and how these responses will feedback to ecosystem carbon cycling. Saprophytic fungi responsible for decomposition and mycorrhiza... More
Faculty & Staff

Urban, Timothy

Dr. Urban's research includes the design, application, and analysis of a variety of satellite and other geodetic techniques. Global sea level research includes radar altimetry (TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason, etc.), tide gauges, ... More
Research & Initiatives

Using Satellite Data and Fully coupled Regional Hydrologic, Ecological and Atmospheric Models to Study Complex Coastal Environmental Processes

This proposal seeks to improve our understanding of how linked upland and estuarine ecosystems respond to combined changes in the hydrological and nutrient cycles that result from changes in climate and land use/land cov... More
Research & Initiatives

Water Management Tools for the Rio Grande-Rio Bravo Basin

Since 2001, researchers from the Center for Research in Water Resources (CRWR) at The University of Texas at Austin have been engaged in a program of developing water management tools for use in the Rio Grande - Rio ... More
Faculty & Staff

Weaver, Catherine

Dr. Weaver's research focuses on the organizational culture, behavior and reform of international financial institutions, foremost the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. She also teaches on international dev... More
Research & Initiatives

Who Cares about the Weather?: Climate Change and U.S. National Security

Is climate change a national security threat to the United States? This question remains a subject of debate in academia and has received renewed emphasis in the policy community. Even taking a narrow definition of natio... More