About Understanding and Protecting the Planet

Over the next few decades, communities, regions, governments and businesses around the world will need strategies for adaptation to climate change and other environmental hazards. Adaptation to such changes requires deep knowledge of the basic environmental forcing of change, as well as understanding of risk, economics, culture, societal structure, politics and other characteristics that will determine how individuals, businesses, societies and governments adapt.

Adaptation will require creative engineering, scientific and social science and humanities solutions to these challenges. It also requires the extensive integration and merger of large data sets from all of these disciplines.