Earth, energy + environment

Research in this area will increase understanding of the various dimensions and impacts of climate change on human and natural systems, developing new technologies and mitigation strategies with an ultimate goal of sustaining the life of the planet and its inhabitants.

Select KU research in this area

A bridge over water

Researchers to develop new models for forecasting water availability, allocation in Kansas

KU engineering researchers are assisting the Kansas Water Office in allocating water amid the uncertainty about the state's future climate.
A researcher works with lab equipment

NSF EPSCOR grant will advance manufacturing of renewable and recyclable plastics

KU's Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis received a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to improve how plastics are manufactured and recycled.
A KU researcher kneels in a field and examines tall grass

KU scientists receive $3 million grant to restore native prairie, agricultural systems

University of Kansas researchers are part of a project focused on the restoration of native prairie and agricultural ecosystems.
Tall grasses in a wetlands

Study shows constructed wetlands are best protection for agricultural runoff to waterways

A KU researcher finds wetlands constructed along waterways are the most cost-effective way to reduce nitrate and sediment loads in large streams and rivers.