Northeastern Tackles Climate Change at Marine Science Center
Longtime New England Council member Northeastern University is increasing its focus on research that will help to understand and improve the sustainability of urban coastal environments.
This work is being conducted at the University’s Marine Science Center, (MSC) located on 23 sprawling acres on the coast of Nahant. At the Nahant campus, situated 20 miles from Northeastern’s main Boston campus, students and faculty in the Marine and Environmental Sciences program research areas including marine ecosystem, physiological, molecular, and community ecology, and marine pollution remediation, to name a few. It is also home to the Three Seas undergrad and graduate programs, and the MSC Outreach program which provides monthly lectures from industry leaders, K-12 school visits, and other hands on experiences.
Recently, the Marine Science program has heeded President Obama’s call to make research on climate change–and specifically urban coastal sustainability– a priority, and is increasingly pursuing grants in order to continue to do so. Within the past four years, the number of faculty at the Center has more than doubled- and the University has plans to hire a dozen more in an effort to diversify the areas of research and teaching made available. Also in the works for the Nahant campus– building improvements, for which Northeastern has raised over $2 million already.
“We decided to focus on urban [coastal] sustainability because we know that with environmental changes, we are going to face a situation where our cities are going to be impacted by water in many ways,” said Northeastern President Joseph Aoun.
The New England Council applauds Northeastern for its commitment to cutting edge research that will lead to improving and better understanding climate change and our coastal environments.