Climate Change Initiative at UMass Lowell

The Climate Change Initiative (CCI) brings faculty, students, and communities together to address one of the greatest challenges facing humanity: climate change. The Initiative draws its members from disciplines as diverse as environmental science, public health, engineering, education, management, sociology, political science, art, and others.

Spotlight on Research

Damage Detection from Operational Wind Turbine Blades

Damage Detection from Operational Wind Turbine Blades

The team at University of Massachusetts Lowell is currently developing and testing the feasibility of an integral acoustic sensing based wind turbine blade structural health monitoring system that can be installed on both new and existing wind turbines (retrofit). Current utility blade testing, in-situ health monitoring and damage detection is a bottleneck to the certification and advancement of new blade designs and materials as well as reliable operation of wind turbines.

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Featured Curricula

Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau & Climate Change

Long celebrated as a founding figure in the environmental movement, nineteenth-century naturalist Henry David Thoreau has come to play a major role in the effort to deal with climate change in the twenty-first century. The voluminous records he kept of weather conditions and the bloom times of various plants are now being used by climate scientists to track the effects of warming in New England. 

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