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Assessing Global Change

Our independent, integrative assessments aid decision-makers in confronting multiple, interwoven challenges.

Threats to supplies, and strategies to meet demand
Pressures on the built environment, pathways to reduce them
The future of interlinked ecosystems in a changing world
Limitations/benefits of existing and new technologies
Natural and anthropogenic changes to the planet over time
Costs and benefits of mitigation and adaptation strategies
National and continental impacts of energy and climate policies

Research Tools

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

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

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

Simulates the interplay between Earth and human systems

Analytical methods to quantify risk at global and regional scales

Upcoming Event

April 18, 2017
Save the date for the 16th annual Henry W. Kendall Memorial Lecture Series honoring the memory of Professor Henry W.

Joint Program News

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News Release
Study projects vast regional differences in forest productivity, migration and wildfire impacts
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News Release
Over the next century, southern Africa will see widespread decreases in maize production
In The News

Air quality in Beijing has a lot to do with snowstorms in Siberia. MIT EAPS/IDSS Associate Professor and Joint Program researcher Noelle Selin comments.

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Around Campus
North Carolina solar farm is up and running, significantly offsetting Institute’s carbon emissions--and advancing MIT's Plan for Action on Climate Change, which draws on MIT Joint Program expertise