Program Activities

In FY11, ISP conducted 3 ongoing research projects, each of which was initiated in FY10.

  • The Integrated Assessment Modeling (IAM) project is focused on developing and applying integrated socio-economic and biophysical models of the climate system.

  • The NCAR Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation (NVIA) project is focused on conducting interdisciplinary basic research on social, economic, and political activities related to climate at local, regional and global scales.

  • The Weather Communication and Warning (WCW) project is focused on improving communication of weather, climate, and hydrological forecast information to the public and decision makers.

ISP initiated development of 2 new projects during FY11:

  • Climate Change and Marine Ecosystems is focused on modeling, understanding and projecting the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems.

  • Carbon Cycle Observations and Modeling is focused on comparison of carbon cycle observations to simulation results from Community Earth System Model (CESM) and other biogeochemical modeling systems. 

ISP is also hosting the scientific support office for Analysis, Integration, and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES), which is one of the core projects of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program (IGBP). AIMES is focused on achieving a deeper and more quantitative understanding of the role of human perturbations to the Earth's biogeochemical cycles and their interactions with the coupled physical climate system.