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Welcome to DENIN: A Network of Discovery and Solutions


Cover of DENIN's brochureOur planet is surrounded by a thin shell of atmosphere, water, and rocky crust, referred to by scientists as the critical zone. This shell, which is reflected in DENIN's logo, extends roughly from the tops of the trees to bedrock, where groundwater no longer penetrates. All life as we know it resides within this narrow band — where land, water, and sky meet and interact.

Much the way many life-sustaining processes take place at the interfaces of soil and water or water and air, at DENIN we believe that we discover more about our environment when we work on problems at the intersection of different disciplines. And when it comes to solving environmental problems, we embrace the social sciences and humanities as well. We humans are shaping our world as never before, and any actions we take or solutions we employ will affect both the natural world and our social and economic systems.

The Institute focuses on core research areas relevant to some of the grand challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. DENIN research informs decision makers by providing the knowledge that helps create sound environmental policies. By working together with our local and international partners, we are bringing socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable solutions to life.

We invite you take a look at our recently published brochure to learn more about our activities and accomplishments and to get a sense of where we're headed in the future. You can access an electronic version of the brochure by clicking on the image above.

— Donald L. Sparks, Director


Spring Spotlight

March 20 Screening of STRAWS to be scheduled
Once again, inclement weather has caused us to postpone an event. The DENIN Ambassadors screening of the movie STRAWS, originally planned for 7:00 p.m. on March 20, will be rescheduled sometime in April. Stay tuned for updates — new details will be posted here, on the event webpage, and on DENIN's Facebook page.

Lights, Camera, Earth! Film Series: Chasing Coral has been rescheduled
Our annual environmental film series is back for its fifth season with free weekly screenings of documentaries highlighting challenges to the health of our oceans and coasts, including films on coral bleaching, ocean acidification, plastic and noise pollution, overfishing, and sea level rise. Our co-sponsors this year are the University of Delaware Library and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and the UD Library, Museums and Press. The third film in the series, Chasing Coral, was canceled due to inclement weather, but it has been rescheduled for 7:00 p.m., April 4, in 101 Brown Lab. See the film series webpage for the full schedule.



DENIN Co-Sponsorship
Faculty, students, and partners who would like to request co-sponsorship of events and programs from DENIN may fill out our online request form. We are currently accepting requests for the spring 2017 semester.


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