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Programs: Climate & Global Change

Harvard University

Harvard Forest
Since 1907 research and education have been the mission of the Harvard Forest, one of the oldest and most intensively studied forests in North America. From a center comprised of 3000 acres of land, research facilities, and the Fisher Museum the scientists, students, and collaborators at the Forest explore topics ranging from conservation and environmental change to land-use history and the ways in which physical, biological and human systems interact to change our earth.

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Dynamics (with EPS)
The goal of research in atmosphere, ocean, and climate dynamics at Harvard is a better understanding of Earth's weather and climate on time scales from a few days to millions of years. We study fundamental phenomena controlling the global atmospheric and oceanic circulation. We are particularly interested in sources of variability that result from interactions among the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere, which are complex and often nonlinear and even chaotic.

Atmospheric Sciences
Part of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, research areas include atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric and climate dynamics. A weekly seminar series is held on Fridays at noon.

China Project
The China Project is a research program focused on China’s atmospheric environment, collaborating across the schools of Harvard University and with Chinese universities. It conducts interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed studies on air pollution and greenhouse gases in China, from the root causes in the demand for and supply of energy powering its economy, to the chemistry and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere, to their impacts on human health and the economy. The studies are designed to build knowledge and research capacities to inform policies aligning China's domestic priorities on environment and economic development with equitable international strategies on climate change.


The Anderson Group
Addresses global scale issues at the intersection of climate and energy using a combination of experimental and theoretical approaches drawn from the disciplines of chemistry, physics and applied mathematics.

The Harvard Atmospheric Modeling Group
Works to understand the chemical composition of the atmosphere, its perturbation by human activity, and the implications for climate change and life on Earth. The group address this goal through global modeling of atmospheric chemistry and climate, aircraft measurement campaigns, satellite data retrievals, and analyses of atmospheric observations.
The Rice Group
This group headed by J.R. Rice addresses problems in the theoretical mechanics of solids and fluids -- that is, problems of stressing, deformation, fracture and flow -- as they arise in seismology, tectonophysics and surficial geologic processes and in civil/environmental engineering hydrology and geomechanics.