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.
To learn more about a specific simulation click on the links below, or take a look at our educational and research programs on climate, energy, multiple benefits, and systems thinking.
The widely-used, high-powered emissions reduction simulation. C-ROADS is a 3-15 region simulator that allows users to assess the impact of national and regional climate pledges.
A powerful global energy simulation. En-ROADS simulator provides insight into how we can achieve our climate goals through changes in our energy use, consumption, and policies. Includes global population, GDP, energy efficiency, R&D results, carbon price, fuel mix, and other factors.
The world’s smallest climate simulator! Climate Pathways is a fun, free app for the Apple iPad, iPod, or iPhone. With a trace of your finger, draw annual global emissions from now through 2050 to find a pathway to limit warming well below 2 degrees C, or even to 1.5 degrees C.
A quick sim. This animated simulation of the global carbon system is great for helping people explore the relationship between carbon emissions and atmospheric CO2.
Here you will find some of our older tools and simulators – the Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool, the CO2 Timeline, the Climate Momentum Sim, and MIT’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Simulator.