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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 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 risk at global and regional scales

Upcoming Event

October 26, 2017
Humans have faced a series of national and global environmental challenges in the past half-century, including smog, the use of lead in gasoline, ozone depletion, and much more. This talk reveals how combinations of science, public policy, industry participation, and the engagement of citizens can succeed in addressing environmental challenges.

Joint Program News

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News Release
Study highlights need to improve modeling of carbon-rich Northern Eurasia
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News Release
By 2050, the Southwest will produce significantly less cotton and forage, researchers report
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Around Campus

MIT Joint Program-affiliated professor of atmospheric chemistry honored for her contributions to atmospheric science

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In The News

Boston Globe: Study is one of the first to examine how the warming climate could affect the availability and distribution of the water basins that farmers depend on for irrigation (Additional coverage: KJZZ)