This Institute focused on changes in the amount and variability of precipitation that will occur globally in coming decades. Major themes included regional variations in changes to the hydrologic cycle; resilience of existing social, economic, ecological, and agricultural systems to likely changes; the potential of CDM and REDD to increase the resilience of these systems; and what can be learned from one region to inform effective design of adaptation policies in other regions.
Associate Professor of Sociology at Brown University. Professor VanWey studies the dynamics of frontier settlement and consolidation in the Brazilian Amazon. She asks how we can simultaneously protect the Amazon's precious environmental resources while promoting equitable social and economic development.
Adjunct Professor of Biology at Brown University. Professor Sala is interested in the interactions between teaching and research, and focuses on ecological issues ranging from the ecology of desert ecosystems to global environmental scenarios.
BIARI alumni funding was granted to 2010 Climate Change alum Dr. Admir Créso de Lima Targino for the creation of the bi-lingual Portuguese and English website: www.atmospher.org/english/. BIARI funding enabled the acquisition of the web domain and the technical development of the website. Dr. Targino is a member of the “Air Pollution and Atmospheric Processes Group” at the Federal University of Technology (UTFPR), Brazil.
As a young professional wanting to combine research, practice, and policy, the Brown International Advanced Research Institute (BIARI) has provided me an invaluable bridge to return to academia. I had the privilege of participating in BIARI’s Climate Impacts and Water Institute in 2010, where my emerging interests at this critical intersection were refined into a research proposal.
BIARI funding was used to support the research of two alumni from the 2010 Climate Change Institute. The project took place in February-March 2010 and sought to assess Beninese farmers’ perceptions of climate change. The farmers, who were selected from 9 villages in north Benin, participated in focus groups. The focus groups were intended to assess the changes in climate that farmers have observed in recent decades, the strategies farmers have used to adapt to these changes, and potential future strategies that could be implemented.