YCEI develops interdisciplinary Research Initiatives that integrate faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students to address pressing issues in Climate and Energy. Each Research Initiative is organized by a team of faculty and promotes solutions through the funding of collaborative research, as well as workshops and symposia that feature national and international experts. Our Research Initiatives include:
High-Resolution Climate Assessments (for the NE U.S. and East Africa and Arabia)
Global climate models all predict that the Northeastern United States may be particularly vulnerable to both short- and long-term effects of global warming. Some of these effects—such as higher average temperature and sea level, along with more intense and more frequent storms and droughts—are already being felt in the New England area. As we learned from Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy and winter storm Nemo, isolated weather extremes riding on gradual trends can be extraordinarily damaging. A 2011 report by the American Security Project estimated that failure to mitigate or plan for what is likely to become the new normal could result in the loss of 100,000 jobs and $22 billion from the regional economy between 2010 and 2050. To help decision-makers prepare for this changing reality, the Yale Climate and Energy Institute will collaborate with researchers from the University of New Hampshire, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and MIT to create a framework to rapidly generate stakeholder-driven high-resolution regional temperature and hydrological projections for future scenarios of CO2-induced global warming for the Northeast sector of the U.S. for the coming century.