As governments around the globe work to develop international laws of the atmosphere, recent research continues to generate new knowledge about long-term climate change, shorter-term climate variability, and their socioeconomic impacts. Building on improved scientific understanding of climate and improved coping mechanisms, Columbia is training a new generation of academics and professionals at the nexus of social science, climate science and public policy.
A new 12-month M.A. program in Climate and Society will train professionals and academics to understand and cope with the impact of climate variability and climate change on society and the environment. Drawing on the superb educational and research facilities of Columbia , the program combines elements of established programs in earth sciences, earth engineering, international relations, politics, sociology and economics.
"We have an exciting program with a mix of students, and we have an interesting mix of courses for them. I think this kind of interdisciplinary program is the way to the future, and climate will be increasingly important," said Mark Cane, director of the program.