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Climate Science & Society

Climate change is real. It is here. And it is influenced and accelerated by human activity, posing an ongoing crisis for natural ecosystems and communities worldwide. Researchers at the University of Michigan are continually seeking to better understand the inputs and predict the outputs of climate change, with a goal of better informing effective responses to its impacts. Through a multidisciplinary approach, U-M experts are building frameworks that produce local and short-term frameworks that can be applied in an array of different ecosystems worldwide, and in a way that is accessible to policy and business leaders as well as the general public.

News and Impact

COP26 logo
COP26 final outcome: U-Michigan experts available to comment
Barry Rabe
Rabe on Biden's climate challenges
Members of the University of Michigan student delegation to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland. Image credit: Dave Brenner, University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability.
COP26 climate conference: U-M student team attending
arid land near a lake
Global network takes stock of human adaptation to climate change
Colorado River flowing through a canyon
The southwest must fight for its water and its future
Federal funding extends Great Lakes climate adaptation research and engagement at U-M, MSU
Wildfires, communities and climate change
Jennifer Haverkamp
Haverkamp reacts to UN climate change report and federal infrastructure bill
melting glacier
New IPCC climate report: U-M experts available to comment
bluebird with insect
Why it matters that climate change is shrinking birds
crucial conversations
Crucial Conversations: Understanding and Addressing Climate Change
Kaitlin Raimi
Private sector action may be linchpin to conservative support on climate change
Larissa Larsen
Larsen: Elevating environmental problems through an interdisciplinary lens
Rising sea levels are but one of the projections of future climate change exacerbated by fossil fuel burning. Image credit: Pete Linforth/Pixabay
Key to predicting future climate: Look back millions of years
Image credit: Jessica Tierney, University of Arizona
How cold was the ice age? Researchers now know
New research shows that some high-latitude North American forests, like the Alaskan forest shown here, are beginning to show increased browning, suggesting that they may not continue to absorb more carbon as temperatures continue to rise. Image credit: Brendan Rogers of Woodwell Climate Research Center
North American cold-climate forests are already absorbing less carbon, study shows
Pictured is the red, iron-stained Saviukviayak River on the North Slope, Alaska. Image credit: Rose Cory
Carbon emission from permafrost soils underestimated by 14%
UM-Dearborn College of Engineering and Computer Science
Engineers’ Deafening Silence on Climate Change
A stack of newspapers
Polarization of climate change news is no hoax
Sean Patrick, media design and production lead at the University of Michigan Center for Academic Innovation, catches a landing drone.
Teach-out puts climate change in perspective, encourages citizen involvement
Field Museum ornithologist and collections manager emeritus David Willard, who measured all of the more than 70,000 migratory birds analyzed in the study. Image credit: Field Museum, John Weinstein.
Migratory birds shrinking as climate warms, new analysis of four-decade record shows
In fields around Hatch, N.M., workers pick chile by hand, careful not to bruise the state’s prized crop. But the peppers are in trouble.
Hard times for a hot commodity, the prized New Mexico chile
Wind turbines in a field
Tackling climate change in Michigan