Research Overview

The Columbia Climate School powers innovative research in the science, consequences, and human dimensions of climate change. We are the research institution where the phrase "global warming" originated, and we unite the sciences, engineering, finance, humanities, arts, and policy to achieve a more sustainable and just world.


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Total research sponsorship since 2013

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Office of Research

Our Office of Research nurtures our community of established and future environmental leaders through proposal development, programmatic engagement, and compliance support.

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Research Centers & Programs

Bringing together high-impact centers, institutes, and initiatives, we support a continuum of research, from basic discovery to societal solutions.

Research Projects

Explore our diverse Earth, climate, environmental, and sustainability research projects around the world.

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Research News

Cascadia Subduction Zone, One of Earth’s Top Hazards, Comes Into Sharper Focus
June 8, 2024

Where tectonic plates collide off the coasts of the western United States and Canada, giant earthquakes and tsunamis occur. The last one was 324 years ago. When will be the next?

How Much Carbon Can the Ocean Hold? Lamont Researchers Aim To Find Out
June 7, 2024

Galen McKinley and her research group are quantifying how much carbon the ocean removes from the atmosphere—and how much it fluctuates—to better understand climate change.

New Report Provides a Ranking of Sustainability Around the World
June 4, 2024

The 2024 Environmental Performance Index, produced by centers at Columbia Climate School and Yale, offers a scorecard for 180 countries based on their climate change mitigation, ecosystem vitality and environmental health.