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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

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Why it’s prudent to invest in carbon-free electricity now
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New study in PNAS co-authored by MIT Joint Program Co-Director Ronald Prinn pinpoints possible cause of a sudden, unexpected global rise in atmospheric methane in 2007

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Climate change could lead to overall increase in river flow, but more droughts and floods, study shows

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Joint Program/MIT Energy Initiative researchers co-author two chapters in new UN-UWIDER book