Discovery Domain: Resilience

Virginia Tech conducts resiliency research to strengthen the systems and networks that underpin our daily lives. Individuals, communities, industry, ecosystems and nations flourish in proportion to their ability to withstand disruptive and paradigm-shifting events. With that in mind, our physicists, engineers, ecologists, economists, social scientists, urban planners, architects, and information technology experts work across disciplines to inform and advance resilience around the globe.


Elizabeth J. Grant, an assistant professor of architecture and design, works on developing 'living roofs' to help build better cities. “These systems are on the rise not just because they represent a link to the natural world that is scarce in the city, but because they work,” Grant says. “Extremes of temperature and rainfall are becoming unpredictable as climates change, and vegetated roofs help us build resilience in a rapidly changing world.”

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Virginia Tech’s interdisciplinary Global Change Center aims to confront large-scale environmental problems such as habitat loss, invasive species, pollution, disease, and climate change with interdisciplinary, innovative team science, drawing on the diverse expertise of researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, and the College of Science. "We have incredible expertise at Virginia Tech on each of these problems, but this talent is scattered around campus in different colleges and departments," said center director Bill Hopkins. "The Global Change Center at Virginia Tech will foster interactions among experts in a diversity of fields so that we can approach global change problems with a more holistic, interdisciplinary perspective."

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