WEI Forward in Energy Forum

The next Forward in Energy Forum explores how energy decisions impact human health and the health of all life. The presenters are Chris Kucharik, professor of agronomy and environmental studies; Tracey Holloway, GHI Advisory Committee member, WEI Executive Committee member and professor at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and Daniel Vimont, associate professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

RSVP for the event here, as space is limited. Refreshments will be provided.

The forum will focus on energy and the environment and will explore the impacts of our energy decisions on human health and other living communities.

Holloway’s research examines air pollution chemistry and transport at regional and global scales, especially the relationship between energy use, climate, and air quality. East Asia and the Great Lakes Region of North America are two active study regions, for which she employs regional and global models to analyze pollution emissions, chemistry, transport, and impacts. Holloway leads an air quality research program in the Nelson Institute Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE). Holloway’s research uses computer models and data to understand links between regional air quality, energy, and climate.

Kucharik’s research program is largely interdisciplinary, incorporating field work on cropping systems ecology and ecosystem modeling in a framework that is geared towards understanding the impacts of climate change and land management on the provisioning of ecosystems goods and services – more specifically crop and bioenergy feedstock production, water quantity and quality, carbon sequestration, and climate regulation. His field research largely takes place across Wisconsin, and he uses agroecosystem modeling tools across a continuum of spatial scales from the precision agriculture scale to the regional (e.g., Midwest USA) scale.

Vimont’s research focuses on three major themes: mechanisms of climate variability and change, interactions between weather and climate, and global and regional impacts of climate change. Toward these endeavors his team uses a broad set of tools, including observational analyses, designed experiments using models of varying complexity, and theoretical analyses.