Climate Interactive creates interactive, easy-to-use, and scientifically rigorous tools that help people understand how to address the complex, interconnected challenges that affect our lives. Based on a long tradition of system dynamics modeling out of MIT that explores the interplay between social and planetary systems, our simulations help people see connections, play out scenarios, and see what works to address the biggest challenges we face.
Our simulations cover a range of topics, from climate change and clean energy to disaster risk reduction and resilience. Some of our tools are designed for policy makers, others for teachers and citizens; all are created out of a common set of principles:
• Transparent, open. Equations, assumptions, parameters, and data are accessible and shared.
• Created by a collaborative process. In creating new simulations, we tap the expertise and the previous analytical work of people living and working within the system we are modeling.
• Complementary, non-competitive. The simulations we create tend to complement, not replace, other analysis. In some cases, more disaggregated models exist that run on super-computers, which address similar issues. Our simulations are scaled to run on personal computers or, in some cases, mobile devices for accessibility and widespread use.
• Thinking-, learning- and action-oriented. Our simulations are designed to support conversations in groups of people who wish to test their assumptions, create customized scenarios, and share their insights with others.
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