We take an interdisciplinary approach to researching the interactions of humans and
the environment. We look at sustainable building and the impact humans have on climate
change, weather, ecological systems and water resources. Our researchers also are
looking at environmental hazards and how they impact our health and society. Owing
to our location on the East Coast, we have a long list of hurricane experts in disciplines
such as engineering, geology, marine science, business and tourism.
Programs and Institutes
Here are just a few of our programs and institutes that are focusing research efforts
on our environment and sustainability. The Office of the Vice President for Research
maintains a comprehensive list of university-wide centers and institutes.
Understanding and caring for our planet requires an appreciation of the sweeping arc
from the solid earth, to freshwater and marine systems, to the relationship of humans
to those environments. Our mission at the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment
is to achieve an understanding of Earth’s diverse environments and human relationships
through research, and to convey that understanding through education, and outreach
to the broader community.
Learning to care for our incredible coast requires a hands-on approach. That's why,
in addition to our lab facilities in Columbia, we conduct research and study in our
17,500-acre living laboratory at the coast. We also welcome the general public and
present a wide variety of educational programs for all ages.
The HVRI conducts basic research on hazard vulnerability and resilience, trains the
next generation of hazard scientists and practitioners, and through outreach efforts,
assists in the improvement of emergency preparedness, planning, response and recovery
at local, state, national and international scales.