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Social Science Surveys Supply New Information on Climate Change Effects

For several years, researchers at the University of the Virgin Islands have explored the effects of climate change on the environment. This year, those studies added a new perspective thanks to a team of visiting students from Massachusetts.

Since January, two graduate students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have applied what they’ve learned in the social sciences to measure how climate change affects Virgin Islanders. What they learn from interviews carried out as part of their field studies will help explain how well their subjects are coping with changing climate conditions.

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Picture of Climate Adaptation Students and their hosts

Climate Adaptation students and their UVI hosts, from left, Janet Turnbull-Krigger, Gregory Guannel, Sol Geisso and Jonathan Chang. (Virgin Islands Source photo by Judi Shimel)