Educational Resources


Earth horizon. Image credit: NASA Observatory

A fast-paced but accessible introduction to the climate system and the links between scientific and societal aspects of climate change.


Greenhouse Gamble Wheels

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


Other Resources:

Climate Change: How do we know?
Explore NASA's collection of evidence for rapid climate change.

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.


*Inclusion of external links does not necessarily imply endorsement of those organizations or their site content.

Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy is an interdisciplinary course taught at MIT by the Joint Program co-directors. It draws graduate and advanced undergraduate students with varied backgrounds from a number of MIT departments, as well as from Harvard and Tufts Universities. The course draws extensively on Joint Program research to introduce scientific, economic, and ecological issues underlying the threat of global climate change. 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). Course materials are publicly available through MIT OpenCourseWare.

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) each January. These sessions are usually organized and presented by graduate students affiliated with the Joint Program.

 December 10, 2012
Geoengineering Science & Governance Series
"International Governance of Climate Engineering"
Edward A. Parson, UCLA
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October 25, 2012
Geoengineering Science & Governance Series
"The Risks and Efficacy of Solar Geoengineering"
David Keith, Harvard
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October 19, 2012
MIT Energy Night
Valerie Karplus
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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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