Yale Climate & Energy Institute seeks to understand Earth’s climate system and energy resources, and the ecological, economic and social consequences of changing climate and energy regimes. Interdisciplinary research and teaching supported by YCEI aim at helping the world to mitigate and adapt to climate change, while satisfying its future energy needs, with practical solutions and policies that can be implemented at local, regional or global levels.
YCEI activities consist of core programs and focused research initiatives. Core programs include Postdoctoral Fellowships, Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research, Grants for Workshops and Symposia, and an Energy Studies program for Undergraduates. New research initiatives are now being developed within the themes of the climate and human health, with the Yale School of Public Health, and on high-resolution regional climate modeling and assessment with a group of universities in the Northeast. YCEI is also supporting a project at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies on the monitoring of groundwater during development of unconventional (shale) gas reservoirs by hydraulic fracturing.