Building on the strengths of the Bard Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water, CSC supports local science projects through its Community Science Lab. This core lab facility conducts environmental testing in response to community concerns. The data generated is used, along with measurements from field-based Climate Observatories, to evaluate community climate impacts and inform decision makers. This place-based approach allows CSC to capitalize on the diversity of climate change impacts experienced across the globe, and to build on partners’ individual strengths by pooling expertise and resources. Project partners to date include Bard College, American University of Central Asia, BRAC University, and Fulbright University Vietnam.
CSC strives to strengthen community-based research efforts in support of climate adaptation and equitable resource management while building a solid foundation for meaningful collaboration with communities and with each other. Each participating institution will establish a field-based observatory to monitor climate-related change, while forming partnerships with local communities to investigate and address the human and natural dimensions of resource sustainability. Data collected by the observatories will be shared with local communities and partners across the OSUN network, informing efforts to promote climate adaptation and mitigate pollution. The Coalition will initially focus on water and later on air, then land. OSUN partner institutions will also develop multidisciplinary network courses to explore the connections between climate change and society on both local and global scales.
Contacts + Partners
Initial Community Science Coalition partners include the American University of Central Asia, Bard College, BRAC University, and Fulbright University Vietnam. Additional partners will be added as the program develops. For more information, contact: Emily White, CSC director and visiting research associate at the Bard Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water, [email protected]; or Eli Dueker, director of the Bard Environmental and Urban Studies Program and the Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water, [email protected].