The Earth’s climate system behaves in ways that make it challenging for people to fully anticipate and understand the long-term consequences of their decisions. We straddle the fence between science and policy to make it all more accessible to those who are making decisions about our future.
The long lifetimes of some greenhouse gasses, the feedback loops within the Earth’s climate system, and bathtub-like dynamics of the climate, where greenhouse gas concentrations rise as long as emissions are higher than removals to the biosphere, all make it challenging to mentally project the outcomes from specific policy choices. And with emissions coming from diverse countries and sectors, it is challenging to add up the pledges and commitments of countries to understand the likely impacts on the whole climate. Our climate models, tools and analysis are designed to help people understand, through interaction and exploration, what speed and scale of reductions in emissions will work to meet climate goals.
“For the first time, with C-ROADS, we have a way to capture on the spot the implications of the key decisions that will be made around the follow-up to Kyoto, with sobering and powerful results.”
-Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency
Tools & Projects:
- C-ROADS – A climate policy simulator tool to test different climate mitigation scenarios for up to 15 different regions of the world simultaneously.
- Analysis of the UN Climate Talks (Climate Scoreboard) – A visual tool that reflects the latest national commitments put forward to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- World Climate – A role-playing climate negotiations game to learn about the global climate negotiations and how we can address climate change.
- Climate Pathways Mobile App – An app to simulate and mitigate climate change in the palm of your hand.
- Multisolving – Tools to understand the health, economic, and social benefits of the transition away from fossil fuels.
…and other climate tools available on our simulations page.