University of Oregon Institute for a Sustainable Environment
The Institute for a Sustainable Environment, based at the University of Oregon, is an interdisciplinary research center focused on ecological, economic, and social sustainability. The Institute produces information to help resolve complex problems and enable people to sustain the economies and environmental systems that support their communities.
The ISE is organized by research program areas, which include:
- Geographic Information Systems Lab - Analyzes patterns of landscape change in large regions to promote water quality, habitat conservation, and healthy patterns of urbanization. This program supports the Pacific Northwest Climate Decision Support Consortium (one of 8 regional NOAA RISAs for the U.S. - see separate entry).
- Ecosystem Workforce Program - helps lead the rural Pacific Northwest into ecosystem management for healthy communities and healthy environments
A description of current and previous projects, as well as related research publications are available for each of these program areas.
Climate change is a factor in many of the research projects the ISE undertakes. Examples of climate change related projects currently include: creating a model for designing and implementing strategies to prepare Oregon's natural, built, human and economic systems to withstand and adapt to climate change; examining how oak savanna restoration can protect communities from wildfire; and understanding the economic impacts of large wildland fires in rural communities.
Phone: (541) 346-0675
- University of Oregon
- Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) - RISA