- Sunlight-to-Everything Initiative Lead; Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry; William H. Hurt Scholar
Imagine if we could manufacture the physical world starting from carbon dioxide, nitrogen, water, and sunlight - the toolkit to make that happen is becoming a reality here at Caltech.
- Ecology and Biosphere Engineering Initiative Lead, Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor of Biology and Geobiology; Executive Officer for Molecular Biology
Dianne K. Newman
A focus on ecology and biosphere engineering is a new direction for Caltech. Historically, funding in the biosciences in the United States has emphasized medically-related problems. The RSI provides an opportunity for members of our community to apply their curiosity and talents to important problems that affect environmental health.
- Water Resources Initiative Lead; John W. and Herberta M. Miles Professor of Geophysics; Jet Propulsion Laboratory Chief Scientist
Ensuring sustainable supplies of fresh water to meet human and environmental needs, which are stressed by changes in climate, land use, and population, requires a dynamic understanding of both natural and human systems, and how they interact. Gaining this understanding is the overarching goal of the Water Resources Initiative.
- Climate Science Initiative Lead; R. Stanton Avery Prof. of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering; Executive Officer for Environmental Science and Engineering; Director, Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Sci.
Paul O. Wennberg
Methane and carbon dioxide concentrations are increasing rapidly driving the Earth’s climate. Using remote sensing from space and the ground, we seek to quantify the underlying processes that drive these changes – both their emissions and sinks. We are working to evaluate whether atmospheric remote sensing of CO2 and methane can be used to accurately estimate emissions from individual cites and broader regions.
- Bren Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute
Jonas C. Peters
Addressing the challenges of climate change and the stewardship of our precious natural resources requires a shared sense of global responsibility. We look forward to facilitating Caltech’s crucial role in this common cause.