The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science is making available $84 million to study climate impacts on urban areas.
The agency said the money would help researchers establish urban integrated field laboratories that would focus on atmospheric and environmental observations, modeling of climate change and impacts across urban regions, and simulating the climate benefits of deploying climate change solutions in historically underserved areas.
“Urban regions are expected to face some of the most adverse effects of climate change, such as extreme heat and flooding," said Geraldine Richmond, under secretary for science and innovation. “Establishing integrated field laboratories in urban regions will enable scientists and local communities to work closely together to better understand the factors that contribute to urban climate impacts and to develop equitable adaptation solutions informed by science.”
The agency said the field labs will require multidisciplinary teams from multiple research institutions. The teams of scientists will combine their expertise to “unravel” complex process interactions and improve scientists’ ability to understand how climate change affects urban areas.
The DoE will begin accepting submissions in April.