- About this Initiative
- Faculty Research
- Graduate Consortium
Programs: Climate & Global Change
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.
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.
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.