Welcome to ACT!!

ACT is an interdisciplinary training and research center on the human dimensions of global environment change.

The current environmental crisis has made us aware of the need to "think globally, act locally" - yet this dictum is rarely carried out in research and training. The globalization of the environment crisis bears the risk of the research and training at Universities being purely global in nature. This would fail to take into account the highly variable local causes of human activities or to discover sustainable solutions to the use, conservation, and restoration of human ecosystems.

ACT's research and training objectives focus on how particular local populations manage resources and how those activities may be monitored using remote sensing technologies and field studies.  ACT has been a leader in linking social sciences and remote sensing, and it continues to lead by examining dynamics of land use, of health and disease, and population and environment.

ACT's Mission

The mission of the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change is to provide a setting where interdisciplinary training and research on the human dimensions of global environmental change can take place -- thus, the reason for naming it "anthropological." The Center's acronym "ACT" suggests that its goal is to be an active player in global environmental research currently underway here and abroad. It represents a pioneering effort to make it possible to address both the local and the global dimensions of environmental change.

ACT provides training and research opportunities for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and visitors. To date, training and research have focused on studying deforestation in the Amazon Basin, on population and environment, land use & land cover change and on integrative methods for analysis.  New projects at present are also addressing land use dynamics in Yucatan, Mexico and emerging disease challenges as a result of tourism and migration.At present, training and research focus on studying deforestation in the Amazon Basin on population and environment, land use & land cover change and on integrative methods for analysis. The Center is designed to be interdisciplinary and to place greater emphasis on local responses to environmental change than is the norm at global change centers.

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