Our Expertise

Education, communication, and decision support

In addition to the numerous courses and academic programs that we teach at UMass Lowell, we also lead internationally recognized projects to educate and engage students, citizens, business leaders, and policymakers beyond the University.  For example:

  • The ScienceToGo.org and Cool Science projects educate the public about climate change science and solutions by through media on public transit systems.  This work earned CCI member, David Lustick, a White House Champion of Change Award.
  • The World Climate Project (in partnership with Climate Interactive and MIT) is engaging people around the world in an interactive role-playing games framed by our decision-support computer simulations.  These simulations are also being adopted by the French government to provide rapid feedback to delegates during the upcoming United Nations climate change negotiations in Paris, COP21.  
  • Climate and energy decision support. With support from the National Science Foundation and in partnership with Climate Interactive and MIT, we are developing policy-relevant decision support computer simulations that are grounded in the best available science.  Our simulations are used at the highest levels of government, the private sector, and NGOs, as well as being brought to students and citizens around the world through interactive experiences.
  • The Walden Climate Change Collaborative is partnering with the Thoreau Society and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the WCCC to develop a virtual “classroom in the woods” that documents how climate change is affecting historic landscapes throughout New England. 
  • The Climate Change Teach-In, our annual signature event, features internationally recognized experts in climate change science, policy, and communication, attracts hundreds of students, faculty and community members, and is streamed for a national audience.  
  • Training workers who respond to climate disasters.  In partnership with the New England Consortium, and with funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety, the CCI has developed and delivered extreme weather event disaster preparedness training specifically for sanitation and transportation department employees.

Climate science research

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.

Renewable energy and sustainable technologies

CCI faculty conduct research aimed at developing the next generation of renewable energy sources sustainable materials, including solar, wind, and plastics.