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The resources referenced below include both those contained on this website and elsewhere. This list is meant to help provide access to, and increase awareness of, useful collections of information. Inclusion of links to other websites does not necessarily imply endorsement of those organizations or their content, although reasonable attempts are made to ensure that the suggested sites are helpful and reliable.

MIT Resources

A collection of links to other MIT energy/environment programs and news sites.

For MIT Students

An introduction intended for MIT students interested in the Joint Program.

Related Links

A storehouse of links relevant to some aspect of the climate change issue or related education.

Publications Database

The search interface for the Joint Program's collection of documents, images, and data.


Climate Top 10

Ten things you need to know about global warming.


Greenhouse Gamble Wheels

The Joint Program's method for communicating risk, uncertainty, and the value of climate policy


References to recommended sites for understanding and learning more about climate change

Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy is an interdisciplinary course taught at MIT by the Program co-directors. It is intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students from a broad range of backgrounds and draws extensively on Joint Program research. Course materials are publicly available through MIT OpenCourseWare.

The subject introduces scientific, economic, and ecological issues underlying the threat of global climate change, and the institutions engaged in negotiating an international response. It develops an integrated approach to analysis of climate change processes, and assessment of proposed policy measures. Students use computer models and participate in group as well as independent projects. This course has been offered in Spring semester for more than a decade and is jointly listed in the Sloan School of Management, the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and the Engineering Systems Division (Technology and Policy Program). The class draws students from a number of MIT departments as well as from Harvard and Tufts Universities.

Independent Activities Period

The Joint Program also promotes educational outreach among the MIT community by sponsoring climate change lectures and activities during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) in January. These sessions are usually organized and presented by graduate students affiliated with the Joint Program.

Past Program-sponsored sessions during IAP have included lectures on climate change science, a seminar on domestic climate policy, a mock climate policy negotiation, and a series of sessions in which participants designed and built an educational boardgame about climate change. In a prior year the students led an innovative walking tour of Boston that utilized landmarks as touch-stones to highlight potential risks of climate change. The "Climate Change: Boston Underwater" tour spanned issues from local to global: the "Tragedy of the Commons" was explained at a stop on Boston Common; the potential impact of climate change on the insurance industry was the theme in the Financial District; regional greenhouse gas regulation initiatives were reviewed on the steps of the State House on Beacon Hill; and ecosystems impacts and intergenerational issues were the focus of discussion in front of the Make Way For Ducklings statue.


2015 IAP Courses

Join graduate students from MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change for five info-packed Independent Activities Period (IAP) lectures covering the science, economics, and media coverage of climate change, climate policy, and other global change issues.

Greenhouse Gamble™ Wheels  




Science of Global Change
Daniel Gilford, Jareth Holt

Climate Science 101: Elements of the Climate System
January 26, 2015, 1-3 pm, 4-237

History of climate science; radiation and the greenhouse effect; the hydrological cycle; land ecology and carbon storage; ocean ecology and heat transport; sea ice and ice sheets.

Climate Science 102: The Nonlinear Climate System
RESCHEDULED: January 28, 2015, 10am-12pm, E19-439H

Structure and detection of climate change; metrics of climate change and irreversible warming; climate sensitivity and feedbacks weather extremes and other impacts; climate and Earth system modeling; uncertainties and current research trends.

Economics & Policy of Global Change

Climate Policy 101
Paul Kishimoto
January 28, 2015, 1-3 pm, 4-237

Evaluating policy, basic economic concepts, policy instruments, technology, side effects.

Climate Policy 102
Amanda Giang
January 29, 2015, 1-3 pm, 4-237

History, status, and future of international (multi- and bi-lateral) policy negotiations, the road to Paris, sub-national discussions and other fora for making policy happen.

Global Change in the Media

How to Read Science Climate & Policy News
Interactive Panel Discussion
January 30, 2015, 1-3 pm, 4-237

Every day climate science and policy shows up in popular media articles and headlines entering the public discussion and sometimes becoming the subject of controversy. Join a grad student panel to learn how to navigate past clumsy summaries, overhyped conclusions, and political spin to the details of research that advances our knowledge of climate change and the options for addressing it.

 More information:

 December 10, 2012
Geoengineering Science & Governance Series
"International Governance of Climate Engineering"
Edward A. Parson, UCLA
Learn more


October 25, 2012
Geoengineering Science & Governance Series
"The Risks and Efficacy of Solar Geoengineering"
David Keith, Harvard
Learn more

October 19, 2012
MIT Energy Night
Valerie Karplus
Learn more


April 21, 2012
Rivers of Ice: What's you Question?       Paul Kishimoto


January 19, 2012
EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Roll-Out     Noelle Selin

  June 12, 2011
Clean Energy Innovation Reception with Governor Granholm

April 30, 2011
MIT150 Event

October 11, 2009
Boston Museum of Science
Climate Change: What Are the Odds? Adam Schlosser

Takoma Park Middle School visit to MIT Joint Program, 2009

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