Climate Change Research

The Challenge: sustainable management of an ever-changing planet

Dean Rosina M. Bierbaum co-chairs influential summit on climate change

Leading scientists, planners, managers and policymakers met recently in Washington, D.C., to help craft a national adaptation response to climate change. The resulting recommendations will help advance federal and regional climate adaptation programs and research planning. Rosina M. Bierbaum, dean of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, co-chaired the three-day conference.

Dean Bierbaum delivered opening remarks in which she stressed that understanding the potential and consequences of both climate-change mitigation and adaptationí¢â‚¬”and the way mitigation and adaptation interactí¢â‚¬”as well as climate-change vulnerabilities and the emerging opportunities associated with climate variability and change would be the key to establishing an effective and successful response to environmental change.

"Both mitigation and adaptation are needed because ití¢â‚¬â„¢s already too late to avoid substantial climate change, and adaptations become more expensive and less effective as magnitude increases," Dean Bierbaum said.

Climate Change Research

The School of Natural Resources and Environment is constantly enhancing its reputation as a leader in research related to climate change impacts, mitigation and adaption through the work of its individual faculty members and collectively as a school.

The emergence of impacts, mitigation and adaption as key research themes came from faculty-wide discussions with input from nearly three SNRE dozen faculty.The three-pronged approach to climate research reflects the breadth of interests in the school. Further, this broader stance positions SNRE to make advances in many fields, whether scentific, policy, business and engineering, in dealing with threats from climate change. (Read more about our faculty's research interests in the broad area of climate change)

Bridging the three themes are the major methods used by faculty to address climate-change issues (see diagram). The diagram provides a quick picture of the school's capabilities and interests.