Most studies of how climate change will impact global food production focus on crops, where the effects of higher temperatures and drier weather are well characterized. But the world's meals increasingly include seafood, and the production from fisheries and aquaculture has tripled in the last 50 years. The climate sensitivity of this industry may be just as large as that of crop agriculture, and the interconnectedness of these sectors in many countries raises worries about biodiversity and resilience. 


For the future of the planet, there are few research subjects more important than the global supplies of food, water, and energy. To comprehensively study, understand, and inform policy around these complex systems, the next generation of researchers in the physical, social, and biological sciences will need fluency with data analysis methods that traverse traditional academic boundaries.


Climate Scientists Push Back on Fake News


Since the 2016 election, there has been much discussion of "fake news" -- false stories propagated over social media, usually with a political slant. But climate researchers have been all too familiar with this phenomenon for much longer, pushing back against media reports that push unscientific claims and distorted portrayals of the climate change "debate." So it's no surprise that this same scientific community is leading the charge against unreliable science articles, with a new initiative that drafts researchers into volunteer fact-checking.


RDCEP brings together experts in economics, physical sciences, energy technologies, law, computational mathematics, statistics, and computer science to undertake a series of tightly connected research programs aimed at improving the computational models needed to evaluate climate and energy policies, and to make robust decisions based on outcomes.

The CIM-EARTH Framework (Community Integrated Model for Energy and Resource Trajectories for Humankind) is an environment for economic modeling and simulation. The project's goal is to provide open source modeling tools that incorporate the most modern computational methods, to increase both the quality and transparency of integrated assessment modeling.

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The Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) is an international collaboration with a current focus on serving the World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP) Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) and supporting climate and environmental science in general. The Earth System Grid (ESG) integrates supercomputers with large-scale data and analysis servers located at numerous national labs and research centers to create a powerful environment for next generation climate research.

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