Educational Resources

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.


2014 IAP Courses

Curious about hot topics such as Typhoon Haiyan, extreme weather, Short Lived Climate Pollutants, Keystone XL pipeline, Obama Climate Action Plan, and UN climate talks? Join graduate students of MIT's Joint Program on the Science & Policy of Global Change for two info-packed IAP lectures with the science and policy you need to understand this truly global issue.

Greenhouse Gamble™ Wheels  




Global Change Science

by Daniel Rothenberg and Daniel Gilford of EAPS
January 23, 2014, 1-3 pm, 66-144

This session will introduce the fundamentals of climate science and provide an overview of what climate scientists know about our current and future climate. The talk will walk through the greenhouse effect, introduce the human-induced and natural climate forcing components such as greenhouse gas emissions, ozone, volcanic eruptions, aerosols, and Short Lived Climate Pollutants. Emphasis will be on the complexity and uncertainty regarding current understanding and future projections of earth's climate. The link between climate and extreme weather will also be discussed.

Economics and Policy of Global Change

by Arthur Yip and Michael Davidson of TPP and ESD
January 30, 2014, 1-3 pm, 66-144

This session will outline how energy use and greenhouse gas emissions are linked to the world economy and the technologies we use, how climate change impacts affect us, and the mitigation and adaptation instruments available. It will also survey policies in place, and major challenges and opportunities as the world works toward coordinated action. One of the presenters attended the recent UN climate talks held in Poland and will reflect on next steps toward a new global climate agreement in 2015.

 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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