SEED Grant Research

Land Surface Properties, Regional Climate Feedbacks and Urban Adaptations

Karen Seto, Ronald Smith, Xuhui lee 2009-2011

Results of this grant (published in Nature 511: 216-219) furthered understanding of convection in the lower atmosphere as a controlling factor in Urban Heat Island (UHI), and were summarized in Yale News, here.


Late Holocene Paleoclimate Reconstruction and Long-Term Human Response in the Region of Timbuktu, Mali (West Africa): Interdisciplinary collaboration in the study of the Lake Faguibine region and the drought-afflicted populations

Roderick McIntosh, Peter Douglas, Ronald Smith 2009-2011

The Timbuktu region has been chosen as a case study to research human response to late Holocene climate change for a number of reasons. We now understand that highly dense populations and an original urban civilization emerged in the first or even second millennium BC in this 170,000 km2 arid-lands floodplain without influence or stimulation...

Experimental Studies of Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Mechanics of Carbonation of Ultramafic Rocks for CO2 Storage

Edward Bolton, David Bercovici, Robert Bailis 2009-2011

Grant results included an additional $2.1MM in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (described here), and...

Developing and Marketing Improved Cook-stoves for Rural Bangladesh

Robert Bailis, Alessandro Gomez, Ahmed Mobarak 2009-2011

Funded research helped secure a $1.0MM Development Innovation Ventures Stage 2 grant from USAID to support research and testing of new marketing strategies on behalf of improved cookstoves in India and Bangladesh. Research results are discussed in an article (“Low demand for non-traditional cookstove technologies”) published in the Proceedings...