P2PE: Climate Science

P2PE: Climate Science

SIF176B Prominence-to-Preeminence (P2PE) STEM Targeted Initiatives Fund.

Climate Science: Bridging Global and Community Scales

Project Manager: Karen McGlathery

Approved: November 2021

Project Dates: 3/01/2022 – 2/28/2027

Funding Awarded: $3,800,000

Executive Summary

Researchers in the Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) have partnered with the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Data Science, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science on an initiative bridging global-scale climate dynamics with regional/local processes and systems to guide decision-making for equitable climate resilience and sustainability outcomes. This is a critical knowledge gap in creating actionable solutions to climate change, and one in which UVA is uniquely poised to become a preeminent leader. The initiative’s research objectives are organized around three overarching themes: utilizing downscaling and model-data fusion to make advances in climate science more actionable and equitable at the local scale; leveraging cyber-physical systems (CPS) to advance our ability to monitor energy and water flows within communities, reduce energy consumption at the building scale, and mitigate global climate change impacts to infrastructure systems; and exploring how engineering and nature-based approaches to decarbonization be realistically integrated at the regional scale to cut emissions in line with global climate goals.