Focus Areas

Our independent analyses of the complex interactions among co-evolving systems aid decision-makers in confronting multiple, interwoven challenges.

Changes and risks to interconnected land, ocean, atmosphere and biosphere systems
Changes and risks to managed agriculture, water, land and energy systems
Physical and transition risk; adaptation and resilience to climate change and extreme events
National and global projections of the future energy mix; prospects for different sectors and technologies
Environmental and economic change under different climate, air pollution, and economic policies
Science and policy studies at subnational, national and multinational levels
Potential tipping points and transition states of Earth and human systems

Research Tools

Our state-of-the-art models and analytical methods project global and regional changes and potential risks under different policy scenarios.​

Simulates the interplay between Earth and human systems

Simulates physical, dynamical and chemical processes in the atmosphere, land, ocean and cryosphere

Simulates the evolution of economic, demographic, trade and technological processes

Analytical methods to quantify uncertainty at global and regional scales

Our Greenhouse Gamble Wheels

Joint Program News

Kenneth Strzepek with Mass. Gov. Maura Healey and Social Finance CEO Tracy Palandjian
News Release
MIT Joint Program Research Scientist Kenneth Strzepek highlights risks and potential solutions at Vatican summit on climate resilience
Source: BBC
In The News

The balance of phytoplankton populations in the sea is shifting as a result of human-induced climate change, altering the oceans in profound ways (BBC)

What's clean energy?
In The News

“Clean energy” usually refers to energy sources that produce no climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions in their operation. That doesn’t mean they have zero impact on the environment. (MIT Climate Portal)

Despite Tesla news, EV future looks bright
In The News

Behind the headlines, evidence points to an industry continuing to grow and innovate (Christian Science Monitor)