Environment and Sustainability

Solving environmental challenges requires solving information challenges, and iSchool researchers are meeting these challenges head-on. As scientists use new technologies to measure environmental data in the field, they create large data sets that can be difficult to understand, use, and present to decision makers and the public. The ability to communicate with large numbers of people across the globe allows for breakthroughs in citizen science that could present solutions to environmental challenges. Reaching large audiences through effective use of technology and innovative collaborations also means the ability to educate the public about environmentally sustainable practices.

In response to environmental threats and challenges, researchers at the iSchool are seeking solutions through improved systems for gathering, analyzing and using environmental data, and facilitating access to information that will help professionals and the public better meet environmental goals. From studying the Chesapeake Bay watershed to using citizen science to track animal species, iSchool researchers are using data to shed light on complex environmental challenges.


The iSchool’s expertise in issues of environmental sustainability can assist in:
  • Measuring and understanding the effects of climate change
  • Broadening participation in citizen science to measure environmental impact and to protect the environment
  • Educating diverse groups about environmental sustainability using new and innovative means of information sharing

Projects in this area include

  • Climate Indicators and Data Provenance at Open Knowledge Lab
  • Biocubes

iSchool experts include

  • Jennifer Preece
  • Andrea Wiggins
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
Room 4105 Hornbake Bldg, South Wing
4130 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Tel: (301) 405.2038
Fax: (301) 314.9145
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