Focus Areas

Our independent analyses of the complex interactions among co-evolving systems 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
Potential tipping points and transition states of Earth and human systems

Research Tools

Our state-of-the-art models and analytical methods project global and regional 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

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Joint Program News

In The News

Joint Program faculty affiliate Noelle Selin and co-authors highlight recent advances in modeling Earth/human systems dynamics to inform sustainable development (PNAS)

In The News

The ozone layer’s effect on our lives may be more complicated than it seems (Washington Post)

News Release

Report relies substantially on MIT Joint Program's U.S. Regional Energy Policy (USREP) model projections (U.S. EPA)

In The News

Overall, they're much less harmful than gasoline cars, says MIT Joint Program Deputy Director Sergey Paltsev (Washington Post)