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emergent wayfinding for a flourishing planet
We are scientists and engineers, humanists and designers. Coming together across disciplinary and cultural boundaries, we form focused and effective teams to discover and co-create pathways to social and ecological regeneration.
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active labs

how labs work

lifecycle of a lab
PITCH

A participant in the Collaborative identifies a scientific question or technological need that stands as a key barrier to social-ecological regeneration. They make a pitch. First, their proposal is circulated for peer review. Next, they present their ideas at a virtual event and on our website.

weeks 0-8

COALESCE

Lab leaders identify the skills and knowledge needed to realize their research and development plans. Collaborative Earth members offer their expertise to meet the new lab’s needs. The team commits to working together.

weeks 9-12

RESEARCH

Research and development are carried out and documented. Frontline communities are early participants in directing R & D. The team consults with other Collaborative Earth members as needed.

weeks 13-40

ACT

The Collaborative activates the lab's discoveries through publication, media, open-science assets, and on-the-ground regenerative work in partnership with land stewards.

weeks 40+

watch our launch event

earth day 2022 (1 hour)

The Earthshot Institute is gathering teams to conduct research and build tech that will catalyze ecological regeneration. Together, we are cultivating a research ecosystem that grows across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

​Four labs are already working toward our goal. Three more launched Earth Day: Bison, Coastal Wetland Forests, and Bundled Ecological NFT. Learn more about the institute and match with a lab by watching our Earth Day event! Diverse skills are needed—and all are welcome. Come lend your unique genius to the planet!

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current labs

Collaborative Earth Labs bring people across disciplinary and cultural boundaries, forming teams who work closely and consistently to chart paths to social and ecological regeneration. Labs last over six months, and some accelerate into larger undertakings.
Global Forests
Aron Boettcher ☉
University of Hawaii
Kyle Fisher ❍ Andre Otte  ❍
We are building a global model for predicting potential rates of reforestation and resulting carbon sequestration. Such a model could have a transformational impact on global reforestation efforts by opening new streams of financing.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Bison
Jason Baldes ☉
NWF & ITBC

Gisel Booman ☉
RegenNetwork

Stephen Porder ☉
Brown University

Emily Austin ❍ Colin Hill ❍ Justin Lewis ❍ Jens Owen ❍ Jason Prasad ❍ 
Across the continent, a number of first nations are reintroducing bison to grasslands where they were once an ecologically vital species. Initial experiences and evolutionary considerations suggest that this may be ecologically beneficial in terms of biodiversity, carbon cycle, and resilience to climate change. However, these questions have not yet been studied at scale. In this lab, we will leverage remote sensing to scale up from ground measurements, establishing the large-scale patterns of bison impact.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Coastal Forested Wetlands
Elliott White Jr. ☉

Stanford University

Nikhil Raj Deep ❍ Margaux Masson-Forsythe ❍ Marcus Ryan ❍
Lindsey Smart ❍ Layla Tadjpour ❍  
The goal of our lab is to create a high-spatial resolution map of coastal forested wetlands at global scale. If we know precisely where these ecologically critical but fragile forests are located, we can manage freshwater flows to counteract saltwater introgression due to rising sea levels, and we can assist in their migration inland, preserving their critical function in protecting coastlines and sequestering carbon.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Beaver
Grace Lindsay

New York University
Avinash Mahech ❍ Cary Murray ❍ Chris Norcross ❍ Wendy Owens Rios ❍ Quintin Tyree ❍
Beaver dams are known to result in greener, more drought-resilient waterways in semi-arid environments. We are using computer vision to spot dams in satellite imagery, generating a large dataset that we can use to train models that will tell us what the ecological effects of a dam will be at any point on a waterway. The goal is to create a tool to guide efficient restoration through the introduction of small dams.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Ganges
Anthony Acciavatti ☉

Yale University

Sarthak Arora ❍ Markley Boyer ❍
Ariel Chamberlain ❍ Nikhil Raj Deep ❍ James Smoot ❍ Michael Warner ❍
In our pursuit of a successful and thriving relationship between humanity and natural systems, the Ganges river basin represents an extreme challenge. It is densely populated, remains agriculturally productive, and subject to an extremely powerful monsoon. We are mapping and analyzing a key feature of the Ganges basin—naalas—to understand how new forms of green infrastructure, such as parks, bioswales, and bioremediation, can rejuvenate this vital and sacred river.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
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Assisted Forest
Regeneration
Leland Werden ☉

ETH Zürich

Collaborative Earth AFR Data Team ❍
This project is pioneering the idea of a massively open literature review. We aim to quantify potential carbon capture and plant biodiversity recovery of forest, savannah, and mangrove assisted restoration projects. To do so, we are gathering and synthesizing unpublished data from field partners, integrating as much information from non-English sources as possible. There is a wealth of wisdom that has not been published in academic journals, and we aspire to integrate these insights into our review.
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
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Pitch!
You ☉
A scientific question or technological need that you believe stands as a key barrier to ecological regeneration. We will work with you to develop your proposal and identify the roles that would fill out the right interdisciplinary team. Consult some of the other lab pages as examples, and click below to read about more specific steps in the process.
PLANNING
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microlabs

A CE MicroLab is light, quick, and iterative. It takes only a few months or so to deliver its first output and then refresh. As a format for work, then, MicroLabs offer a way to explore rapidly lots of different ideas and collaborative teams, with a low barrier of entry and a lot of flexibility. 
AFR IDEAS
Yifei Liu ☉
Lisa Gaudette ❍ Vladislav Gerasimov ❍ Sherin Thomas ❍ Leland Werden ❍

CE’s Assisted Forest Regeneration Lab has been discovering little-known but potentially vital knowledge about reforestation techniques. In the process, they’ve realized they could improve software for accelerating this kind of work. Enter the AFR IDEAS MicroLab!
ACTIVE
FULLY ENROLLED
Learn more →
Green City Plan-Concord Reuse
Luke Madera ☉

To design sustainable, healthy–even regenerative–cities, and to gather the political will to realize them, we need to be able to imagine and visualize them. The Green Cities MicroLab aspired to sprint toward incremental goals in designing and visualizing better cities.
CONCLUDED 

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Prepare your tea, beer, or whatever suits your local hour and current mood, and join us via zoom for forty-five minutes of conversation about what’s happening in Collaborative Earth. For those new to the org, we’ll take five minutes to introduce CE and talk about ways to get involved. Then we’ll make some room to enjoy meeting the diverse and talented individuals coming together to regenerate our places and our planet.


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Coastal Wetland Forests
Elliott White Jr

The goal of our lab is to create a high-spatial resolution map of coastal forested wetlands at global scale. If we know precisely where these ecologically critical but fragile forests are located, we can manage freshwater flows to counteract saltwater introgression due to rising sea levels, and we can assist in their migration inland, preserving their critical function in protecting coastlines and sequestering carbon.

Bison
Jason Baldes
Gisel Booman

Across the continent, a number of first nations are in the process of reintroducing bison to the grasslands in which they were once the primary grazer and an ecologically vital species. Initial experiences and evolutionary considerations suggest that this may be ecologically beneficial in terms of grassland biodiversity, carbon cycle, and resilience to climate change. However, these questions have not yet been studied at scale. In this lab, we will leverage remote sensing to scale up from ground measurements, establishing the large-scale patterns of bison impact.

Riparian Ecosystems
Forrest Pound

Beaver dams are known to result in greener, more drought-resilient waterways in semi-arid environments. We are using computer vision to spot dams in satellite imagery, generating a large dataset that we can use to train models that will tell us what the ecological effects of a dam will be at any point on a waterway. The goal is to create a tool to guide efficient restoration through the introduction of small dams.

Bundled Ecological NFT
Philip Taylor

Markets in voluntary carbon credits are increasingly providing a flow of capital for regenerating ecosystems. The problem is, thriving and resilient ecosystems are not just carbon. We need to find ways to structure credits to incentivize the diverse and functional ecosystems we want, not merely high-concentrations of carbon. We will design the technological tools to support a market in bundled ecological credits.

Global Forests
Aron Boettcher

We are building an accurate and global model for predicting potential rates of reforestation and resulting carbon sequestration. Such a model could have a transformational impact on global reforestation efforts by opening new streams of financing in the form of carbon credit futures.

Impact & Risk
Aaron Hirsh
Valérie Lechêne

Leveraging The Earthshot Institute’s broad scientific and technical expertise, the Impact and Risk Lab helps investors and governments who earnestly want to forecast, measure, and address the socio-ecological risks to and/or impacts from their work. For a given system, we build simple process-based models to identify key socio-ecological risks and outcomes. We then draw on big data to improve and train our models, generating quantitative predictions and developing measurement systems for verification.

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