Editorial highlights 25 years of CGRER history

CGRER co-directors Jerry Schnoor (left) and Greg Carmichael. (CGRER)
CGRER co-directors Jerry Schnoor (left) and Greg Carmichael. (CGRER)

Nick Fetty | October 14, 2015

In recognition of the University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research’s (CGRER) 25th anniversary, center co-founders Greg Carmichael and Jerry Schnoor published an editorial focused on climate science in the Hawkeye State over the past two and a half decades.

“During the past 25 years, CGRER has grown from its initial 25 members to 110 who encompass the entire state. First and foremost, CGRER has remained a research center, bringing together investigators from broad disciplines including the natural and social sciences, humanities and engineering. Among other achievements, CGRER researchers discovered air pollutants like black carbon (soot) are powerful warming agents, and reducing these particles could improve health and climate change simultaneously.

In addition, CGRER has focused attention on how global climate change impacts are expressed at regional scales, demonstrating, for example, that Iowa and the Midwest are vulnerable to extreme weather events like the floods of 1993 and 2008. As the key role of humans in climate change became established the dialogue shifted to what mitigation and adaptation actions should be taken.”

CGRER was established in 1990 when state legislators set aside funds to establish an environmental research center at the University of Iowa and an energy research center at Iowa State University. Over the past 25 years CGRER researchers have published hundreds of articles with research taking place in nearly 50 different countries.

On Tuesday, Carmichael, Schnoor, and others participated in an event focused on climate change in Iowa as well as the politics of and the public’s interest in the issue. Carmichael and Schnoor will then be featured on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River beginning at noon on Thursday.

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