Climate Change Science

Photo by P. Marenfeld & NOAO/AURA/NSF
The goal of the Foundation’s climate change science grantmaking is to enable research that provides the scientific foundation for understanding global climate change and its ramifications for mankind.

Global climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. The scientific community almost unanimously agrees that human activities—primarily the production of greenhouse gases through the burning of fossil fuels—are the main drivers of global climate change.

Climate change refers to long-term changes in temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, and ocean currents. Their impacts are many: changes in the frequency and strength of extreme weather events like floods, droughts, and heat waves; melting ice caps and rising ocean levels; and oceans that are warming and becoming more acidic. Global climate change can affect our water supplies, agriculture, fisheries, power and transportation systems, as well as our health and safety.

The science of climate change continues to be refined to better understand the complicated processes in play, the future implications for our environment, and how to best address them.

Our grants support projects in the following areas:

  • Present-day climate change, to characterize and quantify key contributors to climate change on a range of time and distance scales.
  • Paleoclimatology, to improve our understanding of ancient climates and their variability, and thus improve our predictions of present-day climate change.
  • Climate change science communication, to support experts in articulating and disseminating evidence-based information.

The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

Photo courtesy of University of Maine Glaciology
Share This