Global Change IAP Courses 

(Daily from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M., 4-237)

January 26: Climate Science 101: Elements of the Climate System

January 27: Climate Science 102: The Nonlinear Climate System

January 28: Climate Policy 101

January 29: Climate Policy 102

January 30: How to Read Science Climate & Policy News

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News Release

Where Does Bioenergy Fit Into a Low-Carbon Future?

MIT study evaluates the impacts of a large-scale bioenergy ramp-up.

A report by MIT researchers investigates large-scale bioenergy use spurred by a carbon price, and finds greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by more than half, if safeguards against deforestation are in place. More...

Photo: Miscanthus, a biofuel feedstock crop. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.   

Faculty Focus

Dara Entekhabi: Studying the Missing Link in Climate Models—Soil Moisture

The SMAP mission, spearheaded by MIT Prof. Dara Entekhabi, will provide the most accurate global measurements of soil moisture ever made from space. The SMAP satellite is scheduled to launch in late January. More...

Photo: Dara Entekhabi, courtesy of Len Rubenstein, MIT Spectrum.  

In The News

Is the US-China Climate Deal a Game-Changer?

Prof. Valerie Karplus talks with the Energy Collective's Jesse Jenkins. 

The announcement of a joint pledge to cut emissions between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China, made global headlines when it was announced in November. In this interview, Valerie Karplus, an asssistant professor in MIT's Sloan School of Managment, discusses the details of the deal.  More...

Three Questions

Are we entering a golden age of LNG?

MIT researcher Sergey Paltsev studies just how big the market for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) could get. 

In a report released Tuesday, December 2, Joint Program Researchers examine the prospects for LNG trade over the coming decades. The report estimates that LNG trade volumes will increase from about 240 Mt LNG in 2014 to 340–360 Mt LNG in 2021.  More...

Exploring the Impact of Global Environmental & Economic Change

Science and Policy Working Together

Understanding the complex, long-term changes in our land, air and water requires breakthroughs in measurement, modeling and prediction.

Responding to these changes requires innovative policies that comprehend agriculture, energy needs, trade and finance — along with the political and communications savvy to organize a genuinely global approach.

The Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change is MIT's response to these research, analysis, and public education challenges.

At the heart of much of the Program’s work lies MIT’s Integrated Global System Model (IGSM), a linked set of computer models designed to simulate the global environmental changes that arise as a result of human causes. In this way, it explores the interplay between the Earth systems and the human systems. More...

Examines the world’s development path and the energy and climate implications.

This comprehensive tool analyzes interactions amoung humans and the climate system

A collaborative research project with China