We advance understanding of the climate system through interdisciplinary investigation of past, present, and future climates, and use this knowledge for socially relevant purposes.
CCR accomplishes this mission by:
- Excelling in disciplinary and interdisciplinary research using observations and earth-system models.
- Integrating knowledge of past, present, and future climates to create a more holistic understanding of the climate system.
- Researching the physical, ecological, and societal impacts of climate change.
- Collaborating with university, state, national, and international researchers to study topical climate-related problems.
- Promoting public understanding of climate-related issues, including global change.
To deepen our understanding of the earth system, we have explored topics such as the following:
- Studying the causes of climate variability and abrupt climate change on time scales ranging from years to decades and centuries to millions of years.
- Investigating how climate might change in the future due to natural causes and human actions.
- Providing locally downscaled climate projections to decision-makers in the public and private sectors.
- Studying past climates, investigating the effects of solar and volcanic variability, orbital changes, and plate tectonic processes on the earth system.
- Evaluating the accuracy of modeled simulations of past climates to gain conficence in our ability to estimate future climates.
- Contributing to improved treatment of clouds, oceans, sea-ice, ice sheets, vegetation, and carbon cycling in climate models.
- Linking terrestrial and marine ecosystem models with global climate models to study the dynamics of the coupled systems and possible past, present, and future changes in vegetation, bioproductivity, and biodiversity.