One of the primary objectives of the Nicholas Institute is the collection of robust and accurate data, and the scientific analysis of that data. The Institute has several projects that focus on such work, including the Internet of Water, an endeavor to share and integrate water data that are used to inform decision-making and improve outcomes for sustainability; the Reservoir series, dedicated to discerning how well U.S. Army Corps of Engineer reservoirs follow guide curves; and a study of hydraulic fracturing that examines potential risks to water and wastewater used throughout each stage of the process.
Additionally, the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke (Rhodes iiD), in partnership with the recently merged Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability and Duke University Energy Initiative, offers Climate+, a new vertical within Rhodes iiD’s Data+ program, a full-time, ten-week summer research experience for Duke students of all class years and majors. Climate+ is aligned with Duke’s commitment to advancing interdisciplinary understanding of climate change’s causes and societal impacts and to identifying sustainable solutions, including climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. This summer’s Climate+ teams will work on diverse topics, including electricity consumption, wetland carbon emissions, climate change’s impacts on river and ocean ecosystems, and the use of remote sensing data to inform climate strategies. View the Summer 2022 projects.