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The water, food, and energy we depend on all come from the natural world, yet the natural cycles that sustain them are under threat, and basic aspects of Earth sciences governing our ability to safeguard and access these resources are not yet fully understood. EESA scientists conduct research in fields such as climate science, water resources, and Earth’s energy systems that underpin sustainable solutions to the growing need for water and energy resources.

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Read recent Earth and Environmental Sciences Area news articles highlighting the research and activities of our Climate and Ecosystem Sciences and Energy Geosciences Divisions.

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EESA is at the crossroads of facing today’s challenges in creating a secure earth environment by pushing beyond the fundamental and applied sciences and developing technology and tools applicable for future research.