Climate Innovations

2020 ~ Present


The Climate Innovations VIP (formerly National Parks: Diversity & Sustainability) will explore technologies and practices to assess the impacts of climate, man-made and natural events on regional ecosystems. Building on the foundational research of diverse teams from prior US national park and Patagonia sustainability and outreach projects, the class will utilize tools including AI and GIS, best practices (mobile applications for engaging communities) and research frameworks to create innovations for addressing complex environmental challenges.

Climate innovation strategies require assessment/benchmarking frameworks to ensure unbiased/objective and use-inspired research to accelerate transition to users. Structuring of AI-ready data sets, baseline models, and metrics into practical and affordable solutions for communities and decision makers will be highlighted in this class. Our goal is to inspire and inform the next generation of diverse learners as they tackle complex environmental and humanitarian global challenges.  

Issues Involved or Addressed

Use-inspired research coupled with workplace diversity; integration of social and scientific/engineering approaches to complex environmental and humanitarian challenges; transition of innovations to practice using traditional and AI tools & practices; metrics for understanding impacts of climate related events.

Methods and Technologies

  • Partnership with minority agency leaders
  • Establishing research themes with GT faculty
  • New tools for climate related challenges
  • Finding career opportunities
  • Identify business collaborators
  • Using grant opportunities to understand proposal development
  • Outreach to community organizations and decision makers
  • Collaborating with national experts

Academic Majors of Interest

  • BusinessGeneral Management
  • Computing
  • DesignArchitecture
  • DesignCity and Regional Planning
  • EngineeringCivil Engineering
  • EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • Ivan AllenEconomics and International Affairs
  • Online MastersAnalytics synchronous
  • Online MastersComputer Science synchronous
  • Other
  • SciencesBiology
  • SciencesEarth and Atmospheric Sciences

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Sciences, Management, Business, Engineering. 

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Mr. Kevin Caravati
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
Dr. Paula Gómez
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute