Center for Environmental Science Applications (CESA)

Finding solutions to sustainability challenges by linking ideas, people and resources


VAL is a proposed national facility consisting of dozens of carefully-controllable chambers in which past, present, and future climate conditions could be recreated and their effects on organisms and communities investigated. VAL would become the leading site for experimental inquiry into the ecological and geological impacts of global climate change, as well as for astrobiological studies of planetary habitability.

VAL P.I. Jon Harrison and co-P.I. John Vanden Brooks of ASU’s School of Life Sciences organized two NSF-sponsored workshops in February 2008 and August 2009. They are heading an international team that is working with CESA, the NSF and other federal agencies to identify potential paths to raise the more than $100M that will eventually be needed to establish this unique addition to the nation's major research infrastructure.

You can read a 2-page summary of VAL here.