BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington geoscience researcher Brian Yanites has been awarded a three-year, $317,663 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how tectonic and climate processes interact to shape the landscape of southern Taiwan.
The research, which includes collaboration with Taiwanese scientists, will expand scientists' understanding of forces involved in earthquakes, floods and landslides, potentially improving the capacity for preventing or responding to natural disasters -- not only in Taiwan but elsewhere.
The grant is the first awarded under a new NSF program to promote collaboration by U.S. and Taiwanese scientists. The Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan will fund Taiwanese researchers involved in the projects.
Yanites is an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. Collaborators are Tammy Rittenour, associate professor of geology at Utah State University, and Bruce Shyu, associate professor of geosciences at National Taiwan University.