A suite of sea level rise analytic and predictive tools are being applied to study sites in six regions of the US eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico. SLR scenario predictions will combine leading semi-empirical and modeling tools from co-PIs working on paleoreconstruction, atmospheric & ocean modeling, and storm surge modeling. Analyses of primary climate adaptation alternatives and policy applications will accompany technical results.
Coral reefs are declining worldwide. A critical issue is whether local management actions, specifically the establishment of marine protected areas, will increase the resilience of coral populations, buying time while humanity confronts the impacts of global climate change. This long-term study tracks coral populations and the abundance of other, potentially competing coral-reef components such as sponges and seaweeds, to determine the efficacy of marine protected areas in enhancing corals and controlling seaweeds.
The Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) is supporting 26 academically talented transfer students with financial need who are majoring in chemical, civil, and ocean engineering through this S-STEM project. Three cohorts of transfer students from community colleges and four-year state colleges that do not offer engineering degrees are supported through scholarships, early mentoring, and other academic and career support activities.
Oxygen-enriched combustion (OEC) has shown the ability to improve the fuel efficiency and power density of burner-based power systems and diesel engines. By minimizing problems with flame quenching, OEC is also expected to greatly improve the performance of MEMS-based micro-combustors needed for micro-power generation. Oxygen-enriched micro-combustors have the potential for compatibility with logistics fuels and of eliminating the need for expensive catalysts. If successful, these devices would represent a significant improvement over existing micro-combustors.
This project applies an interdisciplinary approach to curriculum development to create courses, lecture modules and laboratory experiments related to hydrogen and fuel cells. Project assessment will determine the effectiveness of the laboratory curriculum. Classes improved by this project will provide public and private sectors with skilled employees and researchers in hydrogen technology. The hydrogen-based curriculum will further the student understanding of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and offer undergraduate and graduate students a career path into renewable energy.