ATLANTA—Georgia State University has joined the Georgia Climate Project (GCP), a statewide consortium working to improve understanding of climate impacts and solutions in Georgia.
The GCP includes colleges and universities across the state who are bringing their strengths in research and teaching to improve understanding of the physical, economic and social impacts of climate change in Georgia, and the choices the state has for the future.
“Our world-class faculty are tackling some of the toughest problems related to climate change,” said Dan Deocampo, professor of geosciences and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. “This includes heat-related health impacts, urban water and sustainability, risk assessment, agricultural community perception, carbon pricing and offsets, environmental justice, popular perceptions of climate change and policy interventions.”
Climate-related research has been supported at Georgia State in recent years by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Institutes of Health, among others. Recent work has been published in prominent journals such as Nature, Nature Communications, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, PLoS One, Geology and Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
Faculty across the university are engaged in climate-related work, including research and education programs in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Law, the School of Public Health, the Robinson College of Business and the College of the Arts. Much of this work is in collaboration with the university’s Sustainability Office, which promotes awareness of commuting options, sustainable urban agriculture and food services, green buildings and infrastructure, and academic programs.
Courses, certificates and degrees are available for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels pursuing careers related to climate and the environment, including in environmental economics, environmental health, environmental geoscience, environmental and land-use law, environmental science, sustainability, water sciences and urban studies.
“We are delighted that Georgia State is joining the Georgia Climate Project team,” said Daniel Rochberg, who teaches in Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and heads the Climate@Emory initiative. “As a leading urban university and the largest in our state, Georgia State brings a strong group of faculty and students to the climate conversation and we are excited to start our work together.”
The Georgia Climate Project was developed by Emory, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia as a non-partisan statewide network of academic institutions working with partners in the government, private and nonprofit sectors. Georgia State joins Emory, Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, Agnes Scott College, Georgia Southern University, Spelman College, the University of North Georgia and Columbus State University in the project.