Members of the University community are invited to engage in continued discussion of this Signature Research Area. The meeting will take place August 19th 2010, from 3 PM to 5 PM in the Commons Crest Room. Learn More | Agenda
Taken individually, these three areas represent some of the biggest challenges facing mankind. Yet, these three systems are so strongly coupled at their nexus through their reliance on finite resources or external factors so that a major change in one will strongly impact the other two. Amongst these critical resources lies water. The projected population increase in the next two decades alone will place increasing demands on these three systems thus forcing choices that will favor one or more at the expense of the others. The demands put upon each system reflect societal choices as well as physical constraints. Understanding the critical processes that occur at the nexus of these systems will aid in making informed decisions for the future.
Often these choices are made by considering one of the three systems in isolation from the other two. Yet, the reality is that the three systems are so closely coupled that changes in one will often produce profound changes in the other two.
Already a scarce commodity in most parts of the world, changing the amount of water used in one system at the expense of the other two will have significant effects on both physical and societal processes. Thus, it is important to study the three as one large, complex system. This approach is particularly important as one considers long term changes induced by global climate change.
The University of Idaho has significant strength in these separate areas as well as available natural study areas comprising Idaho and the Inland Northwest. This program fits in well with the EPSCoR program and builds upon strengths in IWRRI, the Waters of the West, the Ecohydraulics Center and the Colleges of Law, Art and Architecture, Natural Resources and Agriculture and Life Sciences to name a few. .
Dr. John Tracy, Director of IWRRI, is the coordinator for this area.
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