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Research at the Earth Institute is organized into nine themes. Ecosystems is one of them.

Ecosystems, and the tremendous diversity of species they contain, are critical to the survival of the global economy, and to life on Earth. They maintain the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink; help stabilize the climate; prevent and mitigate natural disasters like erosion and floods; and provide food, both directly through the production of fruit and other products and indirectly through the support of insects that pollinate our crops.

But ecosystems are at risk, threatened by a growing human population and its increasing consumption of natural resources. The Earth Institute is working to better understand the nature of ecosystems, monitor the ways in which they are changing, and develop new strategies to protect them so that we can all become better stewards of the Earth.

Featured Projects

Haiti Regeneration Initiative

TraitNet and TraitBank—Global Resources for Biodiversity Conservation

Ecosystems and Human Health

Amazonian Family Forestry Program

Environmental Sustainability and Performance Indicators

Remote Sensing in Decision Making

Lamont Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Observation Project