December 14, 2015
This week’s On The Radio segment looks at a national grant the University of Northern Iowa recently received to study sustainability in the Arctic Circle.
Transcript: UNI receives national grant to study arctic sustainability
The University of Northern Iowan recently received a national grant to study environmental sustainability in the Arctic Circle.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Last month, the National Science Foundation awarded the University of Northern Iowa with a five-hundred-and-fifty-thousand-dollar grant to study arctic sustainability. According to a press release from UNI, the goal of the project is “to improve health, human development and the well-being of Arctic communities, while conserving ecosystem structures, functions and resources.” The project is a collaboration of students and researchers at UNI as well as universities and governmental organizations in Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden.
Andrey Petrov – a professor of geography at UNI – said the research will promote sustainable development in the region.
ANDREY PETROV: “This international, interdisciplinary synthesis will develop a framework that highlights the state of current understanding, best practices, and metrics for achieving sustainability in the arctic. We will produce synthesis of case studies, the synthesis of knowledge about sustainable development in the arctic that could be used by communities, government, and international organizations to promote sustainable development in that region.”
Days after UNI was awarded the grant, the Iowa Board of Regents approved the establishment of the Arctic, Remote, and Cold Territories Interdisciplinary Center on the UNI campus. The center will be part of UNI’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
For more information about Dr. Petrov and this project, visit Iowa-Environmental-Focus-dot-org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.