Description

Arizona State Universityvia a subcontract to the US National Academy of Engineering and in collaboration with Museum of Science-Boston, University of Virginia, Colorado School of Mines, and the Phoenix Union High School Districtwill establish a Phase I Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP). This Partnership will focus thematically on the impacts of climate change for engineered systems. The United States faces critical challenges over the next several decades to its technological infrastructures in the face of climate change: (1) adapting engineered systems to climate impacts; (2) transforming engineered systems to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions; and (3) potentially developing the necessary infrastructure to geoengineer the Earths climate system to counteract rapid, dangerous climatic shifts. These challenges are both technical and normative, and demand the engagement of both engineers and society. Yet, neither the engineering community, nor policymakers, nor the public at large is currently prepared to meet these challenges. Climate change will require enormous changes to the nations technological infrastructure. Yet, current education of US engineers largely neglects climate change as a facet of the design and management of engineered systems. US engineering education is also poorly designed to help engineers learn to address the social, ethical, policy, and communication challenges that will arise from technological transformations wrought to address climate change. Publics and policymakers remain uninformed about the potential need for large changes in technological infrastructures in the face of climate change. And they are largely unprepared to engage as partners with engineers in the kinds of dialogue, deliberation, and decisionmaking necessary to lay the foundations for and guide such changes. Together, these shortcomings are crippling to our ability as a nation to respond effectively and comprehensively to climate change and the risks it poses to the technological foundations of the US economy.s
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/15/108/31/13

Funding

  • NSF-BIO: Division of Biological Infrastructure (DBI): $217,936.00

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