Climate Change Science Institute releases FY 2016 annual report
Last year, 2015, was a historic year for the world. It was the hottest year on record, and a landmark international climate agreement to limit global warming was adopted. Historic milestones continued in 2016. By the end of 2016, the key indicators of global surface temperatures and Arctic sea ice extent had far surpassed the 2015 levels. President Obama called the climate agreement a “turning point for the world,” reflecting that climate change is finally being taken seriously among world leaders.
All of us at the Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) are proud to be part of this important research effort. In this report, you will be able to get a glimpse of this year’s efforts to advance climate models, understand critical processes in human and natural ecosystems, archive and use key data sets, and explore ways society can deal with a changing climate. In addition to this report, please look at the CCSI YouTube video that describes CCSI research and outreach activities (search Climate Change Science Institute on YouTube).
Throughout this report, you will see the broad range of exciting research efforts being undertaken by CCSI research staff, including work on biogeochemical feedbacks, advancements in earth system modeling and tools for evaluating model performance, water security in a warming world, how drying Arctic soils may be accelerating greenhouse gas emissions, the stresses of climate change on energy and water systems, and much more.
We hope you will take the time to get better acquainted with CCSI, its researchers and its work, and consider ways we might partner to tackle the significant challenge of climate change and its effects.
For more information on CCSI, please visit https://climatechangescience.ornl.gov/.