Uncovering the Secrets of Mammoth Island
The Ice Age giants of St. Paul Island outlived those on the mainland for millennia. What finally drove them to extinction?
Explaining the ‘terrifying’ trends of climate change: Q&A with climate scientist Galen McKinley
President Obama recently called trends in climate change "terrifying." The Nelson Institute's Galen McKinley agrees, because "human society is built on the assumption of a stable climate." In this Q&A, McKinley explains why the Earth is warming so fast, and whether there is any hope that things will improve.
Earth's thermostat is regulated by natural and anthropogenic changes to atmospheric greenhouse gases. Understanding these changes requires unraveling intimately related feedbacks among the atmosphere, ocean, and biosphere.
Climate Impacts and Vulnerability
CCR is an active participant in the Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts, developing statistically and dynamically downscaled climate projections for Wisconsin and the broader region to guide vulnerability assessments and the formation of effective adaptation strategies.
CCR's climate dynamicists use state-of-the-art earth system models and data to understand the causes of past, present, and future variations in regional and global climate.
Oceanography and Limnology
CCR's oceanographic and limnological research ranges from the influence of the global ocean on Earth's temperature change.
Research into the natural and human drivers of past climate changes in the Earth system over centuries to millennia, and the effect of past climate change on ecosystems and societies.