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» Institute for Earth, Computing, Human and Observing (ECHO)

The Institute for Earth, Computing, Human and Observing (ECHO) is an interdisciplinary research unit that focuses on the Earth and its systems. Scientific areas include natural hazards such as wildfires, severe weather, floods, air pollution, and earthquakes, and the changing Earth climate and its impacts on agriculture, economic factors, the atmosphere, and oceans. Areas of excellence also include central aspects of modern physics, such as quantum mechanics and the role of the mind, brain science, and the universe, in which the planet Earth, humans, and all life are found. ECHO scientists use regional climate modeling, Earth observations, advanced data analysis, machine and deep learning, and spatial analysis to study the different environments. The myriad areas of research among ECHO faculty, affiliated faculty, postdoctoral fellows, international collaborators, and students reflect the interdisciplinary nature of ECHO.