LIFE: Linked Institutions for Future Earth

LIFE, or Linked Institutions for Future Earth, aims to create an international network of researchers, institutions, and experimental sites/field observations dedicated to advancing the quantitative predictive understanding of the Earth surface system.  LIFE is a Virtual Institute, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) program, working to catalyze global research activities efficiently and economically while mentoring and creating international research opportunities for junior researchers.

The objectives of LIFE include:

1. Creating a global network of leading institutions to understand and predict the evolution of the Earth-surface environmental under natural and human-induced change;

2. Cultivating a culture of action-oriented research; and

3. Creating a forum for sharing data, ideas, and expertise while mentoring young researchers within a global interdisciplinary environment.

Learn more about the LIFE approach, our core network, and our seven interconnected programs.

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