The Center for Global Change Science (CGCS) seeks to better understand the natural mechanisms in ocean, atmosphere and land systems that together control the Earth's climate, and to apply improved knowledge to problems of predicting climate changes. The Center utilizes theory, observations, and numerical models to investigate climate phenomena, the linkages among them, and their potential feedbacks in a changing climate.
The CGCS was founded in 1990 to foster cooperative effort among faculty, students, and research scientists in meteorology, oceanography, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, climate physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and satellite remote sensing. Participants are drawn primarily from the departments of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Biology; and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The major research initiatives in CGCS are the MIT Climate Modeling Initiative (CMI), the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE), and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Through the latter, CGCS sustains substantial collaborative effort with faculty, students, and researchers in Economics, Political Science, Urban Studies and Planning, the Sloan School of Management, the Engineering Systems Division, and the MIT Energy Initiative.