Understanding the complex, long-term changes in our land, air, and water requires breakthroughs in measurement, modeling, and prediction.
Responding to these changes requires innovative policies that comprehend agriculture, energy needs, trade, and finance—along with the political and communications savvy to organize a genuinely global approach.
Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change is MIT’s response to these research, analysis, and public education challenges.
At the heart of much of the Program’s work lies MIT’s Integrated Global System Model (IGSM), a linked set of computer models designed to simulate the global environmental changes that arise as a result of human causes. In this way, it explores the interplay between the Earth systems and the human systems.