Members of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability will use $1 million to collaborate on a new NSF-funded national initiative to understand climate change and disaster risks and affects. A Michigan State University sustainability scholar and his colleagues are partners in a new $15 million national initiative to enable geospatial data-driven scientific discovery aimed at understanding the risks and affects of climate change and disasters. MSU’s role, funded at about $1 million, will be to apply the tele coupling framework to disentangle the complexity of globalization, climate change, and natural disasters. The new institute will bring together about 40 researchers from U of I, MSU, Columbia University, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc., Florida International University, Open Geospatial Consortium, Purdue University, University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Utah State University, and a variety of other partners. NSF is investing $75 million to establish five new Harnessing the Data Revolution institutes as part of its “Big Idea” initiative.