The A2C2 IGERT focuses on three key areas to train students comprehensively in the challenges of abrupt climate change (ACC):
- Dynamics of the global climate system
- Response of organisms and ecosystems to climate change
- Human dimensions (past, present, and future) of climate change, with a special focus on environmental security
A2C2 IGERT trainees will develop research projects that address the following core questions:
- How does ACC alter the dynamics of coupled natural and human (CNH) systems?
- How do we inform policy and management to improve environmental security by enhancing resilience and adaptation of CNH systems experiencing ACC?
*All A2C2 IGERT trainees complete/participate in:
- Dissertation Research Grounded in a Core Academic Discipline
- The Core A2C2 Curriculum of Interdisciplinary Courses in (link to UMaine Grad Course Catalog)
- Climate and the Earth System (ERS 542)
- International Environmental Economics and Policy (ECO 590)
- Human Dimensions of Climate Change (ANT 530)
- Ecological Effects of Climate Change (INT 500)
- Environmental Security (SPI 590)
- Resource Management in a Cross-Cultural Perspective (ANT 555)
- Research Skills Seminar (INT 598)
- Complex Systems (taken at the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI))
- A Collaborative Research Project with a Team of Their Fellow A2C2 IGERT Trainees
- A Professional Policy or Management Internship with an A2C2 Adaptation Partner
- Opportunities for International Study and/or Research
- Our Annual A2C2 IGERT Retreat
Ultimately, the A2C2 IGERT will train a group of leaders and experts who will make significant professional contributions in facilitating a paradigm shift in the way that policy makers and managers conceptualize climate change.