Southern University’s Urban Forestry Program Professor Zhu H. Ning has received two nationally competitive funding awards totaling nearly $1 million to study climate change in the United States and China, according to a Southern University news release.

Both grants will help Southern students in the study of the effects of climate change.

NASA awarded Ning $725,512 for her project “An Ecosystem Approach to Climate Change Education.” The second award, $150,000, is from the National Science Foundation for Ning’s project “IRES: Enhancing Global Competence and Research Skills in Climate Change and Urban Ecosystems through Collaborative Research in China.”

The major goals of the NASA-funded project is to increase the level of climate change literacy, engagement of Southern students and to enhance students’ marketability and preparedness in global climate change related fields.

Students will be able to engage in NASA-related education and research activities. They will also have opportunities to develop partnerships with NASA Goddard Institute for Space Students and the Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research.

The NSF grant will provide Southern students and faculty the opportunity to conduct international research in climate change; natural resources; urban forestry; and urban-rural interface ecosystems.