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U of M to lead international virtual institute studying climatic and human effects on Earth


Led by the University of Minnesota, the LIFE virtual institute will extend the collaborative research and training expertise of NCED, while utilizing the unique experimental facilities at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. In addition, the pilot implementation of LIFE includes the following participating institutions from across the globe:

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Science Museum of Minnesota
  • University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
  • University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Institute de Physique du Globe de Paris, France
  • CIMA Research Foundation, Italy
  • Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay
  • Pontificia Universidad Catlica de Chile, Chile

The LIFE network leverages funding and resources totaling more than $30 million, through existing grants and investments in the participating institutions.

LIFE will concentrate its efforts on two critical regions in the Earth-surface environmentwatersheds and deltas. Utilizing the network's shared experimental facilities, broad strengths in theoretical, experimental and field analysis, and extensive data sets, collaborative programs through LIFE will contribute toward a broader understanding of the vulnerability of watersheds and deltas to natural and human-induced changes including hazards.

LIFE's seven major programs are:

  1. researcher exchange;
  2. shared and co-mentored post-doctoral researchers;
  3. international shared graduate degree programs;
  4. theme-based focused research (experimental and theoretical) campaigns;
  5. international summer institutes for graduate students and young researchers;
  6. data/model sharing for actionable research, and
  7. science to public international exchange.

"The unique elements of the LIFE education programs provide the opportunity for emerging researchers to develop a globa

Contact: Julie Bodurtha
University of Minnesota

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