Assessing Global Change

Our independent research and analysis 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

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 uncertainty at global and regional scales

Joint Program News


With COVID-19, as with climate, we need to explore a variety of possible futures in order to set policy

Around Campus

Decrease in clean energy investment could exacerbate health crisis

News Release

New World Bank book reviewed by MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev presents climate strategies for fossil-fuel dependent countries

News Release
How energy-intensive economies can survive and thrive as the globe ramps up climate action