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IGERT in Cross-Scale Biogeochemistry and Climate

National Science Foundation

IGERT

Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future

IGERT in Cross-Scale Biogeochemistry and Climate (CSBC)

CSBC-IGERT: Integrated Graduate Education, Research and Training in the Cross-Scale Biogeochemical Drivers and Feedbacks to Climate Change

Earth’s climate is changing rapidly, due primarily to human-driven emissions of greenhouse gases. Projections of future climate have large uncertainties, due in part to insufficient knowledge about the biogeochemical (integrated biological, chemical, and physical system) controls on the production and consumption of these greenhouse gases, and the feedbacks between these processes and climate change.This integrated education, research and training (IGERT) program combines expertise from Cornell, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (Millbrook, NY), and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO) to provide interdisciplinary graduate student training in biogeochemistry at microbial, ecosystem and global scales, in a program that integrates principles, measurements, and models across these scales to improve understanding of the drivers and feedbacks of climate change and the communication of these processes across disciplines and to the general public.