Jack Kartez, Professor of Community Planning & Development in the Muskie School of Public Service, is part of a project team that just received a National Science Foundation four-year grant, through the NSF’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) – Research Coordination Networks (RCN) program.
The grant supports the creation of the Infrastructure and Climate Network, or ICNet, to accelerate the integration of climate science and engineering research for sustainable transportation infrastructure decisions the region must make. Focused on the northeast, the ICNet currently comprises more than 50 researchers representing more than 80% of the graduate degree-granting civil engineering departments in the region. Representatives from state departments of transportation and local government will also be involved. ICNet is aimed at overcoming the traditional assumption that there is an automatic “pipeline” of scientific knowledge flowing to those who need it. It will address the needs of roads and bridges in New England in light of current climate changes. The team will also monitor and assess the collaborative process to derive lessons that could be translated to other regions and issues. The researchers anticipate this New England-based collaborative could be replicated elsewhere in the country.
The other members of the project team are Jennifer Jacobs, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of New Hampshire; Jo Daniel, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at UNH; Paul Kirshen, Research Professor of Civil Engineering at UNH; Katherine Hayhoe, Director of the Climate Science Center and Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University; and Ellen Douglas, Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston, completes the project team.