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NSF funding boosts Vanderbilt climate change studies in Sri Lanka

Posted in NEWS on Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The small island nation of Sri Lanka exemplifies some of the worst conditions and best

Sri Lanka’s climate, terrain, natural resources and socio-political conditions make it a microcosm of how developing countries must adapt to climate change

responses to the world’s environmental challenges.

Located in Southern Asia off the coast of India, Sri Lanka is about the size of West Virginia. The country’s climate, terrain, natural resources and socio-political conditions combine to present a microcosm of how developing countries must adapt to climate change and water quality and quantity.

In 2010, the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment (VIEE) began a unique interdisciplinary study of agricultural adaptation to water scarcity in Sri Lanka’s Mahaweli River Watershed (MRW).

Now a five-year, $3.7M grant from the National Science Foundation, through their Water Sustainability and Climate program, will further the VIEE study and its global best practices.

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