Affiliates

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and the Department of Earth and Environmental Science (DEES) carry out climate-related research in oceanography, geochemistry and biology, focusing on the basic science and processes that determine climate conditions of the past, present and future.

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)  works to improve climate science and the delivery of climate information to decision makers, and to develop climate risk management strategies to enhance the ability of developing nations to manage climate-related impacts.

The Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research (CICAR), a partnership between Columbia and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), combines modern and paleoclimate data with Earth system models to study and predict climate variability and change.

The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR) combine comprehensive global datasets with global models of the atmosphere, land and ocean to predict climate changes in the 21st century and to quantify climate sensitivity.

The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC), a consortium between Columbia University, the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Botanical Garden, Wildlife Conservation Society and Wildlife Trust, and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology (E3B) conduct research that aims to stem the loss of biodiversity and achieve environmental sustainability, while building environmental leadership through the training and education of students, scientists, practitioners, policy makers, teachers and concerned citizens.

The Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy (LCSE) and Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (DEEE) seek to develop technologies and institutions to meet global needs for sustainable energy while reducing concentrations of atmospheric greenhouse gases.

The Columbia Water Center carries out research in sustainable water resource development, planning and management to counter the potentially global crisis of freshwater scarcity in the face of a changing climate, an increasing population and water pollution.

At Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, climate-related research examines the impacts of climate change on public health, including heat-related mortality and the spread of infectious diseases.

The Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) performs research in decision making by individuals and groups under climate uncertainty with the goal of improving processes of decision making and communication.

The Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (CEEM) carries out research climate-related infrastructure vulnerabilities, developing methodological tools for loss/risk analysis and detailed suites of large- and small-scale climate adaptation measures.

The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) works at the intersection of the social, natural and information sciences, applying its expertise in data management, spatial data integration and training, and interdisciplinary research to serve the needs of scientists and decision makers.

The Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP) works with policymakers, business leaders and the general public to improve energy management in a dual strategy of education and research to enable informed policy discussion and decision making.

The Columbia Center for Climate Change Law (CCCL) develops and promulgates legal techniques to address climate change, as well as training the next generation of lawyers who will be leaders in the field.

The Environmental Law Clinic brings students together with local, regional and national organizations to solve critical environmental challenges facing the metropolitan region.

The Master of Arts Program in Climate and Society uses an interdisciplinary problem-solving approach to train professionals and academics to understand and manage the impacts of climate variability and change on society.