The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) is one of the nation’s leading institutes in Earth and environmental sciences research. Its diverse and world-renowned faculty members are engaged in innovative and collaborative transdisciplinary research on some of the most compelling problems and issues of our time. EESI is part of Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) and the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE).
EESI is the portal to environmental research, education, and outreach programs offered by EMS. EESI faculty and researchers are primarily associated with the departments of Geosciences, Meteorology, and Geography, all of which have top-ranked graduate programs. Penn State's Earth Sciences program is ranked 5th in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report (2019). Within Earth Sciences, the University ranks 1st in Geology, 3rd in Environmental Sciences and 4th in Geochemistry. Geography and Meteorology have some of the best-known programs in the U.S., but these fields are not officially ranked by any organization.
EESI will build an extraordinary community of scholars who cross boundaries to understand the Earth system, how it affects people, and how people affect it.
EESI's mission comprises three interrelated elements:
- To encourage interdisciplinary examination of the links between Earth’s chemical, physical, and biological processes from atomic to global scales by supporting faculty, student, and postdoctoral research on Earth sciences and environmental issues;
- To facilitate dissemination of research findings through publications, presentations, web pages, workshops, seminars, testimony to public agencies, and advice to public and private organizations and agencies; and
- To develop innovative, interdisciplinary research and education programs that benefit internal and external stakeholders, including the Penn State community, the Commonwealth, scientific communities, and federal and state science agencies and organizations.
EESI's faculty work actively to communicate research findings to both academic and practitioner audiences. This is accomplished via publications, presentations, and websites that are often designed and executed after consultation with the Institute’s outreach support groups and with the Center for Environmental Informatics, the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, and the Center for Climate Risk Management.
Staff members can assist faculty and students in developing new and innovative approaches to the creation and dissemination of environmental information resources, and facilitate their delivery to individuals, communities, and organizations within the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.
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