Building on Distinction, Brown’s strategic plan, identifies Sustaining Life on Earth as part of an academic focus for integrated research, scholarship and education. Research by Brown faculty and students tackles key environmental challenges from a variety of perspectives. Much of Brown’s environmental research comes from the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES), the hub of environmental teaching and research at Brown. But environmentally focused research thrives across Brown’s campus.
Brown faculty members lead field studies all over the world, gathering data to help reconstruct global climate in the past, while experts in mathematics and computing develop ever better models to predict the climate of the future. Scientists from Brown are revealing the dynamics of Earth’s fast-disappearing sea ice, while also exploring how its disappearance affects cultures and livelihoods of the people who depend on it.
Engineers are developing new ways of capturing solar energy and new battery technologies to store and deliver it. And political scientists, sociologists and economists explore attitudes about climate change and how those attitudes shape public policy.