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       Advancing the knowledge of climate change and understanding its consequences


ACME continues to soar with yet another award

Bill Collins, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Mark Taylor, Sandia National Laboratory; and David Bader, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory were co-recipients of the DOE Secretarial Honor Award for their leadership of the Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project.

CCSI Staff Member Participates in First UT Women in STEM Research Symposium

The Climate Change Science Institute’s (CCSI’s) Colleen Iversen was invited to participate in the First Annual University of Tennessee Women in STEM Research Symposium, April 18, 2015.

CCSI intern earns 2015 UT-Battelle Scholarship

High school senior Samuel Feldman of Hardin Valley Academy in Knoxville has earned the 2015 UT-Battelle Scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee.

The scholarship, given to a graduating senior planning to study a science field at UT, is renewable for four years and is worth a total of $20,000. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has a parent who works at ORNL.

Climate Change Science Institute releases annual report, highlighting a year of modeling and experimental research, new and expanded data resources

In 2014, two major climate reports, the third National Climate Assessment and the International Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, affirmed “global climate is changing” and “human influence on the climate system is clear,” particularly in the last half-century.

ORNL part of new project to study how tropical forests worldwide respond to climate change

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., April 1, 2015—Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will play key roles in an expansive new project that aims to bring the future of tropical forests and the climate system into much clearer focus by coupling field research with the development of a new ecosystem model. The project is called the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Tropics, or NGEE-Tropics.

UV-CDAT team wins Federal Laboratory Consortium Interagency Partnership Award

Members of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Climate Change Science Institute and the National Center for Computational Sciences were part of a team that won the prestigious Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) Interagency Partnership Award for 2015 for the Ultra-Scale Visualization Climate Data Analysis Tools (UV-CDAT) project. The award will be presented at the FLC annual meeting in Denver in April.

Permafrost thaw study investigates landscape changes on Alaska’s Seward Peninsula

Now in its third year, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Climate Change Science Institute’s (CCSI’s) Model-Data Fusion project (as it is called for short) consolidates data from satellite imaging, remote sensing, and fieldwork in Arctic Alaska to assess the thawing of permafrost, or frozen soil, and its impact on carbon release and uptake.

Homeland Security awards ORNL team for highlighting climate change risks to vulnerable Maine bay

Members of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL’s) Climate Change Science and Urban Dynamics Institutes, in collaboration with team members from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other US Department of Energy national laboratories, have been awarded the DHS Office of Infrastructure Protection’s Trailblazer Award for their contributions to a DHS project known as the Regional Resiliency Assessment Program (RRAP).

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Image provided by Jamison Daniel, NCCS.




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Global temperature anomalies from 1880 - 2010 (land and ocean). Image source:




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Risk assessment for future coastal inundation and erosion for properties at Manly Beach, north of Sydney, Australia. Image provided by Ben Preston, ORNL.


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Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change (SPRUCE) Field Experiment in Grand Rapids, MN.  Images provided by Paul Hanson.

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Global carbon emissions from fossil fuels combustion and cement manufacturing 1850-2010.  Image source: