Why is predicting the impact of climate change so difficult to do?

Industrial pollution and greenhouse gases currently impact all seven continents, five oceans, and 13 climate zones in different ways and with future trajectories that are difficult to predict. Climate change is impacting regions across the globe in widely variable ways. In response to destabilizing environmental events, governments and the private sector are making major political and economic policy decisions that attempt to mediate the impact of climate change, often with incomplete data.

 

We are bridging the gap

between policymakers, modelers, and technology for improved environmental and climate change impact planning. The initiative is engaging multidisciplinary regional centers and leveraging experts already in place at academic institutions worldwide. These centers and experts are focusing on creating and sharing new measurement technologies and climate models, all to enable better government and commercial industry decision-making. 

GEMM CENTERS

GEMM Centers are multidisciplinary regional centers that leverage experts and membership already in place at academic institutions worldwide.

The Centers engage with policy makers to address environment policy issues in their specific regions.

 

An inverse problem in science is the process of calculating from a set of
observations the causal factors that produced them.

To measure is to know - if
you cannot measure it, you
cannot improve it.

- Lord Kelvin

The GEMM Initiative is supported by The Optical Society and the American Geophysical Union.

GEMM utilizes the global operations of both societies to convene meetings and facilitate data sharing and greater collaboration.