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A strategic partnership between the College of Engineering at University of Houston and Pacific Northwest National Lab

Active Dates 9/1/2022-6/30/2024
Program Area Atmospheric System Research
Project Description
We propose a strategic partnership between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the University of Houston (UH) (primarily the College of Engineering), a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Our faculty at the University of Houston (UH) have relevant expertise and vital interests in the research areas under the DOE Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research, Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (EESSD). Our prospective and current students are also interested in climate, environmental, and Earth system sciences. However, there is a lack of an integrated, efficient platform for our faculty members to explore the funding and research opportunities under the umbrella of EESSD. As such, UH has received far less than the average level of funding from EESSD. To foster a partnership between PNNL and UH, we propose several potential research directions that are well aligned with the EESSD-funded projects at PNNL: 1) Representing the coastal transition zones in Earth system models; 2) Understanding coastal transitional zone dynamics using a combination of remote sensing, machine learning, and compound flood modeling technologies; 3) Experimental research in coastal wetlands. To better identify future collaborations of mutual interests, we further propose that 1) UH faculty participate in the EESSD programmatic meeting(s); 2) UH faculty and PNNL scientists interact with each other frequently via physical visits, monthly online meetings, and seminars. This partnership will serve as a new platform for the UH faculty members to explore DOE funding opportunities in a much more efficient way, for EESSD to enhance the diversity of its institutional representations, and for the PNNL scientists to help educate our next generation of earth and environmental scientists from diverse backgrounds.
Award Recipient(s)
  • University of Houston (PI: Li, Hongyi)