About: At a Glance
The Climate, Water and Carbon Program (CWC) is a collaboration of scientists and policy researchers from a variety of research fields at The Ohio State University dedicated to the study of abrupt global climate change and related impacts.
The group of more than 50 researchers focuses its efforts toward answering three central questions developed when the CWC first organized in 2007. The questions are:
- Is Earth's population stressing the climate system in ways that lead to even more frequent, intense and faster changes?
- Do we have enough water for drinking, irrigation and industrial use?
- How can we offset the impact of energy use, especially the burning of fossil fuels, on earth's natural cycles and what is this consumption doing to the climate, water quality and the rest of the planet's ecosystems?
The CWC has already developed several "core" projects that include:
- A look at how the melting of tropical glaciers impacts those living downstream.
- A surface water mapping project that uses satellite technology.
- The value of trapping carbon dioxide in soil and how changes and development in the management of ecosystems may reduce harmful emissions of greenhouse gases.
The CWC plans to develop other core projects and also will help pay for smaller Ohio State science enterprises directed toward climate, water and carbon issues.
The CWC operates through a $12 million investment from the Targeted Investment in Excellence (TIE) program from Ohio State's Office of Academic Affairs (OAA). The CWC expects to invest those funds and create partnerships with governments, industry, foundations and philanthropic organizations to sustain its research once the initial investment is complete.
Members of the CWC include: faculty from the colleges of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS), Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES), Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, the Byrd Polar Research Center and Engineering, Biological Sciences and Medicine.