SAEREC is in its first year of existence, and is still developing its research programs. The first organized group within SAEREC was AppalAIR, which is an interdisciplinary atmospheric research initiative. The Director of SAEREC, with the assistance of John Pine, RIEEE Director, is also working to organize several other research “clusters”, defined as groups of faculty who share particular interests in environmental research and who may work together to develop new research programs that address the mission and goals of SAEREC.

The current approach in these early stages is to create research clusters centered on atmospheric processes (AppalAIR), water resource issues (quality and quantity), earth systems (land, soil, hydrology, nutrient cycling, etc.), and conservation ecology (which would include biodiversity issues).