Centers and Institutes: Land and Water Resources

Colorado State University is a leader in land and water resource research.


Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Achieving food security and responding to the challenges of climate change are two goals that must be achieved together. That’s why agriculture, fisheries and forestry in developing countries must undergo a significant transformation

As population is on the rise food consumption patterns are destined to follow the same upward trend. Food production will need to increase by at least 70 percent to meet the demands of this growing population by 2050. Studies show that climate change is likely to reduce food productivity, its production stability and incomes in some areas that already have high levels of food insecurity.

Climate-smart agriculture promotes production systems that sustainably increase productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes GHGs (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals. 
See: www.fao.org/climatechange/climatesmart/en

For more information, please contact Raj Khosla, Raj.Khosla@colostate.edu.

Global Soil Sustainability Working Group

The mission of the Global Soil Sustainability Working Group is to leverage the diverse strengths of Colorado State University scientists by coordinating research activities and providing a platform that integrates soil data from disparate sources to facilitate more productive interaction between soil scientists and decision-makers.

Website: http://globalsoils.colostate.edu

Principal Investigators – Rich Conant, NREL; Diana Wall, NREL; Keith Paustian, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Francesca Cotrufo, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Lee Sommers, Soil Microbiology and Chemistry; Gene Kelly, School of Agricultural Sciences; and Joe von Fischer, Department of Biology.

Institute for Society, Landscape, and Ecosystem Change (ISLEC)

The ISLEC research working group allows faculty from across CSU to combine their expertise to address complex land-use problems such as deforestation, urbanization, the wildland/urban interface, desertification, and land degradation. Scientists use many tools including social and ecological computer modeling techniques and geographical information systems to better understand past and present land-use to predict future implications for both humans and ecosystems.

Website: http://www.islec.colostate.edu

Principal Investigators - Kathleen Galvin, Anthropology; Chris Fisher, Anthropology

Institute for the Built Environment

The Institute for the Built Environment (IBE), founded in 1994 at CSU, is a multidisciplinary institute whose mission is to foster stewardship and sustainability of natural and built environments through research-based, interdisciplinary educational forums.

Website: http://www.ibe.colostate.edu/

Director: Brian Dunbar

LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems)

LENSES (Living Environments in Natural, Social, and Economic Systems) is designed to lead teams through planning, designing and implementing transformative change to address pressing environmental, social and economic issues stemming from the built environment.

Website: http://www.ibe.colostate.edu/lenses.aspx

Principal Investigators - Brian Dunbar and Lenora Bohren, both with the Institute for the Built Environment

Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory is an interdisciplinary ecology research and teaching unit at Colorado State University.  Our mission is to improve understanding of the complex interactions between humans, management activities, and ecosystems.

Website: http://nrel.colostate.edu

Director: John Moore

Public Lands History Center

The Public Lands History Center (PLHC) in the College of Liberal Arts fosters the production of historical knowledge through collaborative engagement with institutions responsible for the sustainable stewardship of protected areas, water, and other critical resources. PLHC investigators and graduate students provide expertise in environmental history, historic preservation, Native American history, social history, museum studies, and cultural resource management. Ongoing research projects are funded by the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, and the City of Fort Collins.
 
Website: http://publiclands.colostate.edu/
 
Director: Mark Fiege

Rural Energy Center

Colorado State University Extension and CSU’s College of Engineering established the Rural energy Center in order to “empower agricultural producers in Colorado to make environmentally and financially sound energy decisions”. 
Co-Director: Mike Kostrzewa
Co-Director: Cary Weiner

Southern Rockies Fire Science Network

The Southern Rocky Fire Science Network was formed to facilitate collaboration between science practitioners and communities of science information users. The SRFSN includes Colorado and south central Wyoming. The SRFSN is sponsored by the Joint Fire Science Program, which also sponsors thirteen other fire science consortia.

Website: http://www.srockiesfsn.org/

Program Coordinator: Gloria Edwards

Water Center

The Water Center at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins serves as a focal point to coordinate, leverage and enhance water related research, teaching and outreach at Colorado State University. Colorado State University provides one of the most water ‘rich’ research and educational settings available anywhere in the world. There are 22 departments at Colorado State University that house over 100 faculty who apply their disciplines to water issues and problems. The faculty teach over 150 water-related courses at the senior and graduate levels. In addition, CSU faculty and staff are engaged in solving water resources problems across the globe.

Website: http://watercenter.colostate.edu/

Director: Reagan Waskom

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