The MIT Joint Program brings together both science and policy to provide a truly independent integrative assessment of the impacts of climate change and the expected values of responsive actions. As science advances and economic and political conditions change, effective long-term climate action requires a sustained research effort to address these challenges.
Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE) measures the composition of the global atmosphere from high-frequency measurements obtained from a network of sampling stations across the globe. Since 1978 the AGAGE effort and its predecessors (ALE and GAGE) have observed and estimated the global emissions and atmospheric contration of all important gases species in the Montreal Protocol (e.g. CFCs and HCFCs) to protect the ozone layer, and almost all of the significant non-CO2 gases in the Kyoto Protocol (e.g. HFCs, methane, and nitrous oxide) to mitigate climate change.
The Climate Modeling Initiative is an open-source collaborative based at MIT which has developed a modeling infrastructure for the study of the atmosphere, ocean and climate of the Earth. Our goal is the development of highly scalable, flexible and easy to use models designed to address key questions in earth and planetary science. The main development thrust of CMI is the MIT General Circulation Model (MITgcm). Over many years, researchers in CMI have extended MITgcm to embrace an increasingly wide range of modeling challenges in: atmospheres, oceans, the cryosphere, biogeochemical cycles, ocean ecology and the coupling together of all these processes.