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Earth and Environmental Systems Institute

The Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) is the portal to environmental research, education, and outreach programs offered by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and is one of the leading earth and environmental sciences research institutes in the U.S. EESI is affiliated with Penn State's Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE), the central coordinating structure for energy and environmental research, education, and outreach at Penn State.

Mission

EESI's mission is comprised of four interrelated elements:

  • To encourage interdisciplinary examination of the links between Earth’s chemical, physical, and biological processes from atomic to global scales by supporting faculty and student research on earth sciences and environmental issues;
  • To facilitate the modeling and manipulation of data in new and innovative ways through EESI’s Environmental Computing Facility;
  • To facilitate dissemination of research findings through publications, presentations, web pages, workshops, seminars, testimony to public agencies, and advice to public and private organizations and agencies; and
  • To develop innovative, interdisciplinary research and education programs that benefit internal and external stakeholders, including the Penn State community, the Commonwealth, scientific communities, and federal and state science agencies and organizations.

Learn more

To learn more about EESI, please visit the EESI website.

News

Volunteers collecting water quality samples in the Allegheny National Forest for Snapshot day pause to find another test site.
Snapshot Day brings Pennsylvania water quality into focus
11/10/2017

Volunteers collected water samples in October as part of the annual Snapshot Day, a event organized by Penn State researchers and Trout Unlimited to help us better understand baseline water quality in Pennsylvania.


Geologists tour the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory near Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
Field conference helps write the book on Pennsylvania geology
10/31/2017

The 82nd annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists was held in October at Penn State. Professional geologists from across the state traveled to learn about the latest geology research happening in the state.


flood map
Sea-level rise, not stronger storm surge, will cause future NYC flooding
10/23/2017

Rising sea levels caused by a warming climate threaten greater future storm damage to New York City, but the paths of stronger future storms may shift offshore, changing the coastal risk for the city, according to a team of climate scientists.


The 2017 GEMS Industry Forum, “Balancing our Energy Future,” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 28.
Forum to focus on energy opportunities and challenges
09/25/2017

The 2017 GEMS Industry Forum, "Balancing our Energy Future," will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 in 114 Steidle Building on the University Park campus. There will be a reception held before the forum at 6 p.m. in the Steidle Building lobby.


Virginia Marcon, a doctoral candidate in geosciences and co-president of the group WE ARE for Science, talks to children.
WE ARE for Science fields questions from inquiring kids, adults at Grange Fair
09/05/2017

As rows of tents dotted the countryside, the Grange Fair offered a chance to get back to more simple times. But for members of the group WE ARE for Science, it was a chance to shape the future of science policy, education and public outreach. About 40 members of the group recently spent a day at the fair fielding questions from kids and parents alike, in areas such as astronomy, entomology and geosciences at their "Ask a Scientist" event.