LIFE: Linked Institutions for Future Earth


LIFE, or Linked Institutions for Future Earth, aims to create an international network of researchers, institutions, and experimental sites/field observations dedicated to advancing the quantitative predictive understanding of the Earth surface system.  LIFE is a Virtual Institute, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) program, working to catalyze global research activities efficiently and economically while mentoring and creating international research opportunities for junior researchers.


The objectives of LIFE include:

1. Creating a global network of leading institutions to understand and predict the evolution of the Earth-surface environmental under natural and human-induced change;

2. Cultivating a culture of action-oriented research; and

3. Creating a forum for sharing data, ideas, and expertise while mentoring young researchers within a global interdisciplinary environment.


LIFE - Sponsored Videos:

1.  The Human Era:  A World of Changes 

featuring Patrick Hamilton (Science Museum of Minnesota) and Chris Paola (University of Minnesota)

2.  Eating Water:  Agriculture and Climate Change 

featuring Kate Brauman (University of Minnesota)

3.  Acidifying Oceans:  Oceans and Climate Change 

featuring Kevin Theissen (University of St. Thomas)

4.  Hot Air:  Atmosphere and Climate Change 

featuring Tracy Twine (University of Minnesota)





Learn more about the LIFE approach, our core network, and our seven interconnected programs.

Submit comments or corrections to Efi Foufoula-Georgiou at