A changing climate is affecting many facets of life on earth, including human health. E²SHI supports research in climate modeling and observations, climate and health, climate policy and decision-making, and behavioral change. 

See below for examples of research projects led by E²SHI Associates and seed grant recipients. Click here for a full list of seed grant projects.

Air, climate and energy

A Johns Hopkins research team joined forces with researchers at Yale University and six other universities to form SEARCH (Solutions for Energy, AiR, Climate, and Health), a center supported by a five-year EPA grant to examine the linkages between air quality, energy policy, climate change and public health. 

Civil society groups and global climate agreements

In 2015, COP21, or also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will for the first time will work towards establishing a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2° C. A team from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences are studying how the COP21 is represented and contested among various civil society constituencies attending the meeting. They are exploring how the various proposals for a global treaty on carbon emissions are sounded out, discussed and debated among the civil society groups.

Climate change impacts on the food system

An interdisciplinary team of Johns Hopkins researchers are modeling the effect of climate variables on all major food production sectors. By using models, the team is examining how the entire food system is affected by the availability and demand of resources and locations of population growth.

Resilient Mid-Atlantic communities

Johns Hopkins researchers partnered with a research team to factor uncertainties that come with climate change when making decisions about how we use and protect our coastlines and watersheds. The research program supported by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) aims to build more resilient Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic communities by building adaptive capacity to climate variability and change. 

The City Dock in Annapolis, Maryland regularly floods with sea level rise that brings the Chesapeake Bay
above the city's existing sea walls. Photo credit: Amy McGovern

When we were young, we had trouble seeing the cattle in the grassland. Now we can see the mice.
— Chinese farmers as quoted in The Coming Famine by Julian Cribb