Research, Scholarship and Innovation

The Climate Change Hub catalyzes interdisciplinary research among University of Delaware climate scholars and facilitates collaborations with external institutions.

The Climate Change Hub includes representatives across disciplines to understand and address climate change and its effects on ecosystems and people.  We include climate science, engineering, social sciences, health sciences, environmental humanities, the arts and more.  Solutions and actions are oriented toward creating future leaders, informing policy, providing insight into mitigation and adaptation strategies, and creating tools to respond to climate change impacts.  The Mid-Atlantic, and the Delmarva Peninsula in particular, provides a natural laboratory due to the confluence of urbanization, energy and transportation, agriculture, and coastal issues.

The solutions developed here yield discoveries applicable around the world. Already, Climate Change Hub faculty conduct research around the globe providing the latest innovative solutions to climate change challenges.


The Climate Change Hub community includes faculty, students, university and statewide programs working to address climate change challenges. Some of our partners include:

Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN)

Delaware Sea Grant

Disaster Research Center

UD Cooperative Extension

Delaware Resilient and Sustainable Communities League (RASCL)

UD Island Policy Lab

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Ithaca Initiative​

Sustainable Communities Initiative

Featured Engagement Partner

Text reading "CRDS Coastal Resilence Design Studio" with logo to the right showing waves in a circle

The mission of the Coastal Resilience Design Studio (CRDS) is to study and design solutions for issues affecting Delaware’s coastlines and coastal communities while developing the capacity of students to become confident and capable professionals.

The CRDS aims to equip communities with tools, designs, and adaptation strategies aimed at mitigating disruptions from short-term hazardous events and long-term environmental changes.

CRDS employs undergraduate and graduate students to work on behalf of select communities and calls on interdisciplinary experts to evaluate student work. Students develop environmental, social, and economic resilience strategies and present solutions to community and agency members.

Ultimately, the studio hopes to challenge and drive policy to benefit coastal communities through more sustainable land use, planning, and education.

Featured Academic Partner

logo showing palm trees in front of a sun over waves with the words "University of Delaware Island Policy Lab Strategizing Island Futures at the Science-Policy-Diplomacy Interface

The IPL is passionately committed to finding solutions to the unique challenges faced by island nations, territories and other small island jurisdictions stemming from social, economic, environmental and natural resource factors. The mission of the IPL is to provide policymakers, corporate public and private leaders and the general public with data-driven and high quality analysis on sustainability issues in islands. Learn More


Featured Research

Dana Veron in Antarctica Equipment Tower

Researching Climate in Antarctica

Veron’s first excursion to Antarctica took place in 2017 with a French-led initiative known as CALVA, an international collaboration of climate researchers working to improve calibration and validation of satellite observations and climate modeling in Antarctica. Read more