Climate Change Initiative

The CCI is a university center that informs and supports evidence-based climate action. Our research, education, and community engagement foster a transition to a sustainable, resilient, and equitable society.

Who We Are

The Climate Change Initiative (CCI) is an award-winning University Center with more than 30 faculty members drawn from 13 academic departments. Our faculty engage almost a third of UMass Lowell’s students through our instructional and research activities. We collaborate on research, teaching, and outreach activities, using a systems thinking framework to integrate across disciplines. We are committed to working with citizens, community organizations, companies, and policymakers to ensure that our scholarly work benefits society directly.

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Our RESEARCH explores interactions between climate change and social change.

Our Research Explores Interactions Between Climate Change and Social Change.

Our faculty research many aspects of climate change science, including: regional climate change projections, with a focus on extreme weather and wind and precipitation changes; remote sensing of atmospheric chemistry; paleoclimatology; and carbon cycle-climate change feedbacks. 

  • Earth’s Climate System
  • Learning for Action
  • Designing a Sustainable Future


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We ENGAGE students, decision-makers, and communities at all levels

We ENGAGE students, decision-makers, and communities at all levels.

We believe in research and education that makes a difference. We work with communities and stakeholders beyond academia to ensure that our work is informed by and has an impact on the real world.