Data Center Description
The Climate Change Institute (formerly the Institute for Quaternary and Climate Studies) is an interdisciplinary research unit organized to conduct research and graduate education focused on variability of the earths climate, ecosystems, and other environmental systems and on the interaction between humans and the natural world. Institute investigations cover the Quaternary Period, a time of numerous glacial/interglacial cycles and abrupt changes in climate, ranging in time from the present to nearly 2 million years ago. Research activities include field, laboratory, and modeling studies that focus on the timing, causes, and mechanisms of natural and anthropogenically forced climate change, and on the effects of past climate changes on the physical, biological, chemical, social, and economic conditions of the earth. Institute research is supported by grants from a variety of sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and endowments from the Bingham Trust and the Dan and Betty Churchill Exploration Fund.
To accomplish its goal of better understanding climate change and its impact on humans and ecosystems the Institute includes faculty, staff, and students from the departments of Anthropology, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Earth Sciences, History, and the School of Marine Sciences. Facilities include the Stable-Isotope Laboratory, the Ice Core Microparticle and Tephrochronology Laboratory; the Ion Chromatography and Glaciochemistry Laboratory; the Marine Geology/Geophysics Laboratory, Geographic Information Systems Laboratory, the Micropaleontology Laboratory, the Laboratory for Paleoecology and Paleohydrology; the Zooarchaeology Laboratory; the Laboratory for Northeastern Prehistory; and the Andean Archaeology Laboratory.
Institute research is of international scope and significance, and includes projects in the United States, Antarctica, Asia, Canada, Europe, Greenland, New Zealand, South America, and many regions of the worlds oceans. The Institute maintains a strong program of international collaboration with a variety of organizations such as: Stockholm University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Government of Nepal's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (Nepal), the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Canadian Geological Survey (Off Campus Partners) and has a tradition of honorary members including Thor Heyerdahl.
Field, laboratory and modeling aspects of the Institute's research routinely involve graduate and undergraduate students.