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

September 20, 2017
Kerry Emanuel will describe projections of changing hurricane activity over the rest of this century, and what such projections tell us about the probabilities of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma.

Joint Program News

News Brief
Valerie Karplus contributes to special issue of the journal Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy
In The News

MIT Joint Program Co-Director John Reilly, former U.S. Vice President Albert Gore and other experts explore extreme implications of climate change in a video in the NowThis: Apocalypse online series 

Around Campus

Harry Brekelmans says Shell has significant commitment to renewable energy, carbon pricing

Around Campus

Colorado forest study provides clearest-ever picture of gases released into the atmosphere and how they change