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. Research initiatives are now being developed in three areas: The Climate System and Human Health, Unconventional Resources and the Environment, and Urbanization. As part of these initiatives, YCEI is developing long-term plan for Yale University to adapt to regional climate change over the next 50 to 100 years. The plan will be part of a larger study focused on regional climate change and its impacts on the Northeastern United States.