Science and policy need synthesis research to adequately address complex and urgent environmental challenges. Through synthesis, scientists can make discoveries at a speed and scale that is difficult to accomplish through other scientific approaches, thereby accelerating the generation of science-based solutions that can be applied to policy and management.
How we accelerate discovery and science-based solutions
The strength of our science rests in multitudes. NCEAS accelerates discovery by convening teams of diverse experts that synthesize and analyze existing data on urgent environmental challenges and by cultivating an open scientific culture.
Diverse individuals, perspectives, and data sources allow these teams to connect otherwise disparate dots and discover key gaps in the knowledge and untapped opportunities in the evidence. Open science makes the research process more efficient and transparent, enabling faster creation of replicable results.
This approach generates new and often big-picture insights that can facilitate more informed, inclusive, and effective decisions about how to manage our resources sustainably.
Learn more about some of the impacts of our approach.
Transformational, solutions-oriented science cannot happen without broad support.
By donating to NCEAS, you are supporting the work and impact of our incredible community of people. Donations help fund visiting scholars, postdoctoral associates, resident fellows, staff, graduate student fellows, and research interns, as well as the technology and administrative infrastructure and support that is necessary to sustain and advance the center.
We invite you to join our community as a donor and help us achieve our vision of a world in which people and nature thrive.
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For more information, please contact sarahsikich [at] ucsb.edu (Sarah Sikich), director of development.
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Letters from our Executive Director
Learn what makes our Executive Director, Ben Halpern, excited about the present and future of NCEAS in his regular director's letters.
A Phase of Bold Growth
NCEAS is a Research Unit at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). UCSB is the tax-exempt entity that is entitled to accept gifts that benefit NCEAS. Charitable contributions are made to the UCSB Foundation or to the Regents of the University of California. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.