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UNMC: Receives $175 Million Grant to Conduct Research in Earth System Science

University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is part of a national consortium that has been awarded a five-year, $175 million cooperative funding agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to conduct research in Earth system science.

The agreement funds the new Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS, pronounced See-siss), a consortium of 20 academic and nonprofit institutions, with leadership from the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) and North Carolina State University.

UNMC’s College of Public Health will help with the health and public health efforts of CISESS, said  Dr. Jesse Bell, the Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment, UNMC College of Public Health.

“The natural environment is directly tied to our health and society, and UNMC’s role in CISESS will be to help understand the human health impacts from these changes that we are experiencing in our environment. This will be done by looking for opportunities to integrate public health into the excellent Earth system science research from CISESS.”

Dr. Jesse Bell is the liaison to the new Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies (CISESS), and under the CISESS grant, he will lead efforts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Integrated Drought Information System to understand the role of drought on human health in the United States. He will conduct research and organize regional workshops and a national summit, the first of which (the National Drought and Health Summit) will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, from June 17-19, 2019, for government representatives and other entities.

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