Identify gaps in agricultural, livestock, and energy production practices where efficiency improvements would also advance environmental protection. Such inefficiencies are known to exist in water, pesticide and fertilizer use as well as in transportation.
Foster the increased utility of data, technologies and processes that will accelerate environmental protection efforts. This includes information technology areas such as machine and deep learning, geographic information systems (GIS) / remote sensing (RS), and high-performance cloud computing. This also includes technology areas such as materials science to improve energy use as well as microbial technologies to improve soil carbon storage.
Identify opportunities for market forces to drive environmental protection efforts in the energy and agricultural sectors. Such opportunities will not only lead to enhancements in environmental protection but also sustainable economic growth in these areas.
...inefficiencies in the use of agricultural fertilizers to reduce nutrient runoff from agricultural lands, mitigating not only waste but also the eutrophication of lakes and oceans.
...the capabilities of regional and global water models to enable assessment of the future availability of clean water, on a time scale of months to several years in advance.
...the water, nutrient, and carbon storage capacity of agricultural and grazing soils to increase yield as well as to optimize the use of fresh water.
Create a network of academic-private partners that will initially focus on analyzing and strengthening the operational cyber security of small and medium size water utilities.
Offer an Independent Validation and Verification (IV&V) capability performing the dynamic assessment of operational cyber vulnerabilities in the SCADA/ICS/IoT control systems of client SMUs.
Provide independent, actionable and confidential operational cyber defense support.
Deliver timely analytical vulnerability assessments, threat prioritization and mitigation.
Enhance internal capabilities and robustness of client networks and system operations.