Climate and Society
Water Climate and Society Energy Urbanization Hazards Global Health Poverty Food, Ecology and Nutrition Ecosystems

Research at the Earth Institute is organized into nine themes. Climate and Society is one of them.

In humankind’s pursuit of well-being, we both influence and respond to climate. Anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases affect the heat balance of the Earth, and the resulting changes in precipitation patterns, temperature extremes and rising sea levels affect how society develops. The dynamic interaction between humans and climate is not new, but the scale of the interaction has reached unprecedented proportions.

Climate research at the Earth Institute spans multiple disciplines. While climate scientists study the effects of increased temperatures and atmospheric carbon dioxide on the world’s oceans and weather patterns, engineers are seeking ways to produce cleaner energy and provide steady supplies of fresh water. Social scientists, policy experts and lawyers are studying human behavior in the face of change as a way to improve how we make decisions, and the policy and legal tools we can use to implement measures that address the climate challenge. The Columbia Climate Center integrates research from throughout the University and across disciplines to translate the best climate knowledge into practical solutions.

Featured Projects

Global Network for Climate Solutions

Learning by Doing: the Polar Learning and Responding (POLAR) Climate Partnership

Consortium on Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN)

Managing Agricultural Risks of a Variable Monsoon in India