Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory releases FY 2015 annual report

Mar 21, 2016

The year 2015 will go down in the record books for many reasons, chief among these that it was a year of extremes: extremes in politics; extremes in violence (in and out of politics); and extremes in weather, including devastating droughts and temperature and precipitation extremes.

It was also the year that a landmark international climate agreement to limit global warming was adopted, reflecting that, as Jack Fellows, director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI), has said, “climate change is finally being taken seriously among world leaders.” However, there are issues with how the agreement will be implemented, making the CCSI goals of advancing science and developing the tools and information this nation will need for planning in the face of a changing climate—at meaningful, usable scales for urban and local decision makers—more critical than ever.

The CCSI FY 2015 Annual Report, released March 21, 2016, describes CCSI contributions to more accurate climate models; ongoing work to better understand the Earth and the impacts of a warming climate; efforts not only to preserve the gargantuan amounts of climate data being generated, but also to make it more broadly available and useful to scientists everywhere; and research aimed at helping cities, city planners, and policy makers formulate decisions in a changing environment to safeguard and enhance the quality of life for urban residents.

We hope you will take the time to get better acquainted with CCSI, its researchers and its work, through the report, and consider ways we might partner to tackle the significant challenge of climate change and its effects.

View the full report here. For more information on CCSI, please visit

Major funders of CCSI research projects include the DOE Office of Science Biological and Environmental Research and Advanced Scientific Computing Research Programs, the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, the US Geological Survey, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the US Environmental Protection Agency.

By VJ Ewing.