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Climate Change & Adaptation

Greenhouse Experiment at NWRCUSGS scientists researching global change develop study plans to monitor, assess, and predict how different stressors affect the release of greenhouse gases. Studies conducted at NWRC explore how increases in temperature, sea level, and atmospheric carbon dioxide affect wetland plants and how forest stands along different stages of ecological succession transform, convey, or mediate these atmospheric gases.

Natural Hazards

Satellite view of Hurricane Katrina [NOAA]Hazard events threaten lives and livelihoods, resulting in deaths and billions of dollars in damage. The USGS works with many partners to monitor, assess, and conduct targeted research on a wide range of natural hazards so that policymakers and the public have the understanding they need to enhance preparedness, response and resilience.

Ecosystems Restoration & Sustainability

Coastal wetland near Dulac, LAUSGS scientists who study ecosystems conduct research and monitor freshwater, terrestrial, and marine ecosystems and the fish and wildlife within them. Healthy ecosystems provide essential services, such as crop pollination, water and air purification, harvestable populations of fish and wildlife, soil replenishment, pest control, and nutrient cycling.

Role of Environment in Human Health

Fish kill after Hurricane Ike near Henderson, LAUSGS’s environmental health science focuses on the interface between health and the environment, where interactions among people, the environment, and other living organisms affect the risk of toxicologic and infectious disease. NWRC scientists researching the role of the environment in human health develop study plans to monitor, assess, and predict how different stressors affect this interface.

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