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The over 40 faculty and staff of the Institute provide immense multidisciplinary strength in the fields of: climatology, archaeology, glaciology, glacial geology, geochemistry, ecology, history, remote sensing, marine geology, and modeling.
The Institute’s internationally recognized researchers are making scientific contributions that are vitally relevant to society. These contributions include:
- understanding controls on the climate system
- identifying and exploring abrupt behavior in the climate system
- detecting and documenting human-source pollution in the atmosphere
- exploring changes over time in the behavior of major atmospheric circulation systems such as El Niño/Southern Oscillation and the North Atlantic Oscillation
- studying climate-induced changes in the distribution and abundance of plants and animals
- detecting and documenting changes in civilization resulting from climate change
- identifying changes in the extent of ice sheets and mountain glaciers and their effect on the environment.