Lilian Alessa and Andy Kliskey awarded grant that extend the CRC’s mission
September 17, 2019
Center for Resilient Communities (CRC) Directors Lilian “Lil” Alessa and Andy Kliskey were each recently awarded National Science Foundation grants that extend the center’s mission to advance the co-production of knowledge and to pursue strategic directions in support of national resilience.
Alessa’s Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) research grant, examines the effects of permafrost degradation on critical coastline infrastructure, ecology and the communities living there. This is one of only 27 NNA Awards and involves Arctic observational networks and fundamental convergence research across the social, natural, environmental, and computing and information sciences, and engineering that address the intersection of natural, social and built systems.
The award for $3 million is a collaboration with Penn State University, University of Missouri and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Findings from the research will help guide science-based decisions and inform policy-making in response to ongoing changes in the Arctic that affect our nation’s security and economic well-being. The NNA award builds on a prior CRC track record that includes the formation of the Arctic Domain Awareness Center, which Alessa helped establish, the Community-based Observing Network for Adaptation and Security and the Arctic Water Resources Vulnerability Index.
Kliskey received an Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems (INFEWS) award that supports formation of a research coordination network (RCN) responsive to the needs, concerns and priorities of people and institutions affected by vulnerabilities to their food, energy and water systems. The network will include nationwide scientific scholars and non-scientists alike — such as community members, industry leaders, tribal organizations, non-governmental organizations and government agencies — and will allow Kliskey, Co-I David Griffith and their team to account for diverse perspectives while continuing the impactful research originally established by Alessa.
The grant for $750,000 is a partnership with University of Chicago Urbana-Champaign, Michigan Technological University and University of Tennessee at Knoxville – it is the only RCN to be awarded through the INFEWS program. Titled Engage INFEWS, the research coordination network has emerged from the CRC’s experience on its existing INFEWS award and research project, ReFEWS, that is constructing future scenarios for Idaho’s Magic Valley in partnership with the local dairy industry and food processors using a stakeholder-driven approach to identifying integrated solutions to nutrient and water reuse.
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