Regional Environmental Studies differ from much of traditional science by their explicit consideration of people. CRES focuses on investigating global change issues on a regional scale from social and environmental perspectives in order to better inform international policy and development.
Our science questions are focused on regional environmental systems at scales where the cultural, political and economic forces of human activity are inextricably linked to the environment.CRES goals:
- to have a key role in the coordination of an international research program
- to provide University of Virginia students at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels with unique educational opportunities in an important new area of study
- to provide students from developing countries an opportunity to study at the University of Virginia.
- to forge direct ties with major international institutions working in the area of global environmental change
- Coupled-Human-Natural System Stability
- Regional Response to Global Change (due to Natural and Anthropogenic Forces)
- Flow of Nutrients and Energy between the Biosphere, Lithosphere, Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
- Projecting State Change/Integrated System Response across Interactive Time and Space Scales up to that of the Region
- Understanding the Consequences of Policy at Regional Scales - the Translation of Science to Policy.
Examples of Areas of Academic & Research Activities
Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Institute for Practical Ethics