The UNC Institute for the Environment focuses its research on critical issues that lie at the heart of our most pressing environmental challenges. Each issue is addressed by campus-wide collaborations between Institute faculty and essential disciplines, integrating research, education and engagement in solving the world’s pressing environmental issues and advancing the health and well-being of communities in North Carolina and around the world.

The Institute’s critical areas of study focus on:

  • Watershed science and management. This area of study is coordinated through the Institute’s Center for Watershed Science and Management, focusing on the ways in which changes in the landscape including development, conservation, engineered change, among other factors, affect human health and the natural services of ecosystems.
  • Environmental modeling. This area of study is coordinated through the Institute’s Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development, focusing on the development of advanced computational and visualization tools needed to understand the relationships between environmental policies, environmental processes and key indicators of environment and health.
  • Environment and human health. Pollution has dire consequences for human health. Through a research partnership with the Center for Environmental Medicine and Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology at the UNC School of Medicine, scientists and doctors are working to revolutionize how doctors treat patients with conditions that can be aggravated by environmental factors.

These programs build on UNC’s long and distinguished tradition of environmental research. You can learn about the Institute’s work in these areas, as well as that of collaborating campus centers, programs, and institutes, departments and individual faculty, by visiting any of the links above.

Faculty and fellows can utilize the Institute’s Research Services to complete their research in the above topics. The Institute’s affiliations with several research facilities across North Carolina bring access for faculty and fellows at those locations as well.