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Environmental Research Projects
Our support of research in the physical sciences will continue to find solutions to these numerous man-made problems of the past and present. We feel that our support of research will undoubtedly lead us to better understand how we can change our attitudes towards our environment and thus insure a healthy future for our planet. Learn more about how our contributions to leading universities have made a difference.
The Davidson Seamount is a spectacular geologic feature on which recent explorations have documented dramatic biological discoveries (some featured on the BBC production "Planet Earth").
The exploration of Seamounts is relatively novel, because we only recently have the technology to access these deep areas. This project would fund a postdoctoral researcher to compare the biology on Davidson Seamount to other seamounts as well as non-seamount surrounding areas in the Pacific Ocean. This work may help finalize decisions on whether to protect Davidson Seamount by including it as part of the National Marine Sanctuary.
Davidson Seamount, Pacific Ocean
A Summit on the Public Health Effects of Climate Change
October 17, 2007
Preparedness was a recurrent theme during a panel discussion hosted by the UCLA School of Public Health on the potential impact changes in climate could have on people's health. More than 300 people attended the Climate Change Summit, where climate change and environmental health experts provided insight on ways climate change such as rising temperatures and severe weather-related events could increase the rates of water- and food-borne illness, infectious diseases, illnesses caused by air pollution, and heat-related illness and death. The panelists discussed what individuals, the public health community, and state and local government can do to put in place preparedness plans to prevent weather-related illness and mortality.
More Info: Changing Climate: Changing Lives
University Of Washington: Department of Earth and Space Science Save The Earth is funding research to understand the natural baseline from which climate change occurs:
Climate change occurs in response to natural forces, but also in response to some of mankind's activities, but all we can observe is the resultant of changes from both sources. If we are ever to address some of the climate problems we are facing, it is necessary to understand the causes. What we are doing in Central Asia helps establish how the natural climate system behaved before there was any question of anthropogenic forcing. More.
"The multidisciplinary and applied nature of the ESE program teaches students to understand and analyze environmental issues from a technical level, and to apply the results of the analysis to real-world situations in order to address some of the most pressing environmental issues facing society today." Eric Stein, ESE Alumni
Students and Alumni
Environmental studies at the W. M. Keck Remote Sensing Lab, Department of Earth & Space Sciences University of Washington, Prof. Alan Gillespie
The Remote Sensing lab has been conducting geological & environmental studies for more than twenty years. Major areas of focus have been:
Previous Save The Earth Support
Save The Earth Foundation supported the Remote Sensing Lab to study forest mapping and re-growth in a heavily logged area of northern California on the Klamath River. This support led to a publication explaining the approach and to two Master’s theses. Save The Earth research also identified key areas in image processing that required further attention for remote forest monitoring
Sabol, D.E., Gillespie, A.R., Adams, J.B., Smith, M.O., and Tucker, C.T., 2002. Structural stage in Pacific Northwest forests estimated using simple mixing models of multispectral images. Remote Sensing of Environment 80/1, 1-16.