Earth’s Climate System

We analyze diverse and inter-related aspects of Earth’s climate system. We research how climate change affects extreme precipitation, sea level rise, and heatwaves in several global regions. We analyze the effects of ongoing and projected climate impacts on groundwater resources, terrestrial ecosystems, and feedbacks between the biosphere and climate change. By analyzing Earth’s ancient climates as analogs for possible future climates, we offer insights into the potential outcomes of ongoing climate change.

We are engaged with both local and international decision support, contributing to efforts to inform decision-makers ranging from our own University’s Climate Action Plan to Climate Ready Boston, Somerville Climate Forward, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report.