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Solving Earth’s Greatest Challenge

For decades, Clark University scholars have confronted the climate crisis through research and engagement across the world. We explore questions spanning climate science, vulnerability, mitigation, and adaptation at the intersection of social equity and justice. Our holistic approach to climate and global change inspires all of us to take action — now.

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Our Impact

Our researchers work with policymakers, panels, advisory boards, and stakeholders on high-profile projects that affect climate-related decisions and action from the local to international levels.

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Centers and Departments

At Clark University, research in climate and global change is generated through the George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark Labs, Graduate School of Geography, and International Development, Community, and Environment Department.

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George Perkins Marsh Institute

Experts in the George Perkins Marsh Institute research the socio-ecological, technical, and institutional systems through which humans interact with the environment, as well as how to respond to change.

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Clark Labs

Clark Labs is dedicated to the research and development of geospatial technologies used for environmental management, sustainable resource development, and equitable resource allocation.

Research Technologies
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Graduate School of Geography

The Graduate School of Geography’s doctoral program is top-ranked in the country by the National Research Council and is internationally renowned, attracting and training students from all over the world. Many work directly on climate-related issues.

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IDCE

The International Development, Community, and Environment Department’s transdisciplinary curriculum explores and identifies possible solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, including climate change impacts on environments and communities.

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George Perkins Marsh Institute

Experts in the George Perkins Marsh Institute research the socio-ecological, technical, and institutional systems through which humans interact with the environment, as well as how to respond to change.

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Academics

Join others who are passionate about identifying solutions and taking action to solve the climate crisis. Discover Clark’s courses and degree programs in climate science, GIS, adaptation, and more.

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Climate Change News

Through their research and engagement, Clark University scholars and alumni are developing solutions in a world impacted by climate change.

Biodiversity and climate

The sounds of science: listening and learning

Geography Professor Florencia Sangermano monitors sounds that help gauge the health of the ecosystem and determine the impact of humans and climate change.

Mitigation

A road map for nature-based climate solutions

A report co-authored by Geography Professor Christopher Williams describes research and technology investments needed to support effective mitigation policy.

Geography and Climate

A century ago, the world came to Clark

Since its founding, the Graduate School of Geography has mapped a better future for our planet.

Local action

Highlighting threats to Blackstone

The Blackstone Watershed Collaborative has uncovered challenges facing the watershed.

Climate security

Where climate change meets security

IDCE’s Ed Carr brings ethnographic expertise to the National Academies’ Climate Security Roundtable.

Clark’s Focus on Climate and Global Change

By the Numbers

The numbers paint a picture of Clark faculty and student engagement in climate research across the world.

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Graduate and undergraduate courses through which to study climate and global change.

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1,000,000

Acres of forest converted to non-forest areas across 48 states annually, according to research by Geography Professor Christopher Williams.

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135+

Students researching human-environment relationships in Massachusetts over two decades as part of the HERO Program.

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Annual NOAA Arctic Report Card entries led by polar scientist Karen Frey, a Clark geography professor.

Latest Arctic Report Card

47

Graduate students in geography receiving Sussman Fellowships for environment-related research, totaling nearly $320,000, since 2014.

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80

Number of new climate stations being added across Hawaii as part of Clark Professor Abby Frazier’s NSF grant.

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100+

Graduate and undergraduate courses through which to study climate and global change.

Explore Courses

1,000,000

Acres of forest converted to non-forest areas across 48 states annually, according to research by Geography Professor Christopher Williams.

Discover Findings
Students standing on street

135+

Students researching human-environment relationships in Massachusetts over two decades as part of the HERO Program.

Apply for a Fellowship
Karen Frey on ice in Arctic

10

Annual NOAA Arctic Report Card entries led by polar scientist Karen Frey, a Clark geography professor.

Latest Arctic Report Card

47

Graduate students in geography receiving Sussman Fellowships for environment-related research, totaling nearly $320,000, since 2014.

Apply for a Fellowship

80

Number of new climate stations being added across Hawaii as part of Clark Professor Abby Frazier’s NSF grant.

Learn about Research in Hawaii