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Georgia Climate Research Roadmap

What questions need to be answered to help Georgia better understand and address climate-related challenges and opportunities?

Through a multi-stakeholder process, we seek to identify and rank “Georgia’s Top 40” climate research questions. Our goal is to identify the key questions for which answers would most benefit policymakers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia.

Communities across Georgia are exploring strategies to address climate change. Some are working to assess vulnerabilities and build resilience to potential impacts; others are developing technologies and policies to reduce emissions. To inform this work, decision-makers at all levels need credible and relevant information from across the natural, applied, and social sciences. The Georgia Climate Research Roadmap, an initiative of the Georgia Climate Project, seeks to fulfill this need.  

To develop the Climate Research Roadmap, a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee began by soliciting candidate questions from across the state.  In May 2017, we convened a workshop of 40 experts from multiple disciplines and backgrounds to filter this list down to 40 questions. Those questions have been summarize in a manuscript that was submitted for peer review in November 2017.  We will release the questions publicly in 2018. 


Steering Committee

  • Lisa Bianchi-Fossati, Southface
  • Marilyn Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • David D'Onofrio, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Carrie Furman, University of Georgia
  • Jairo Garcia, City of Atlanta
  • Jewell Harper, Second Nature
  • Ben Jordan, Emory & Coca-Cola
  • Jennifer Kline, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • Stephen O'Day, Smith, Gambrell & Russell
  • Mark Risse, Georgia Sea Grant
  • Murray Rudd, Emory University
  • Patricia Yager, University of Georgia


  • March 13, 2017 | Climate Research Roadmap initiative launched.
  • April 2017 | Candidate questions collected. Our Steering Committee solicited candidate questions from government, industry, non-governmental, and academic experts through an internet-based web form.  We received 180 candidate questions. 
  • May 22-23 2017 | Workshop. A group of experts from multiple sectors and fields from across the state winnowed the pool of candidate questions down into a list top 40 questions. The workshop was hosted by Emory University on behalf of the Georgia Climate Project.
  • Nov 2017 | Paper submitted. Workshop participants collaborated on a manuscript for publication based on the results of the project, which was submitted to a journal on November 2.