The Climate Institute aims to advance the fundamental science required to thrive on a warming planet. It seeks to understand the implications of climate mitigation strategies for the planet, and to ensure that such planning takes into account Earth system feedbacks and constraints - across the land, atmosphere, and oceans. Our climate programs support the transformational and transdisciplinary research networks required for planning and evaluation of greenhouse gas mitigation strategies, and they generate the necessary data, tools, platforms and innovative technologies to understand our planet.

Virtual Earth System Research Institute (VESRI)

The Virtual Earth Systems Research Institute (VESRI) aims to enhance the accuracy and credibility of climate models by supporting transformational research projects focused on improving the representation of essential processes across scales in Earth systems models. Together, these projects aim to improve global models to ultimately make climate projections more useful for decision-making and planning.

Ocean Biogeochemistry Virtual Institute (OBVI)

In partnership with the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), the Ocean Biogeochemistry Virtual Institute (OBVI) aims to support transformational research that addresses grand challenges in ocean science in order to accelerate and improve society’s response to climate change. OBVI seeks to tackle some of the most challenging biogeochemical data and modeling problems across systems and scales by developing novel approaches for ocean data collection, integration, and synthesis.

The Virtual Institute for the Carbon Cycle (VICC)

The Virtual Institute for the Carbon Cycle (VICC) aims to support transformational research that tackles knowledge gaps and targets uncertainty reduction in carbon cycle science on time scales that are relevant for informing effective climate policy and enabling solutions. Specifically, VICC will support the scientific research required to improve the accuracy of global carbon budget measurements by an order of magnitude (getting it to 0.1 GT CO2/yr, vs. the 1 GT CO2/yr inaccuracy today).

VICC will achieve this 10x improvement in accuracy by funding research projects across three primary areas:

• Track carbon cycle outcomes on a 1-3 year timescale needed to assess effectiveness in decarbonization policies and investments (vs. ~10 year lag today)
• Anticipate and evaluate the potential for abrupt changes and surprises (e.g., methane release through permafrost thaw) in the carbon cycle
• Project the future impact of implemented or proposed decarbonization actions, taking into account feedbacks from the Earth system

VICC is now accepting Expressions of Intent for new projects. Click here to be taken to our submissions portal page for more information.