The Department’s ultimate research goal is to advance an integrated understanding of the coupled Earth system including spatially distributed human processes.  Our research addresses both fundamental and applied issues in coupled human and natural systems, such as population, socio-economic development, consumption and production,  poverty, climate impacts and adaptation, vulnerability and mitigation, as well as the examination of policy options and trade-offs on sustainability. Our scientists investigate both the human socio-economic system and the climate system, and their linkages.

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