Global climate change is no longer a possibility; it is a fact. The unusually rapid increase in Earth's average
surface temperature, over the past century, stems from the release of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases
into the atmosphere, primarily through the burning of fossil fuels. As a human population we are committed to roughly
doubling the pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere by the year 2100. The land and sea
are warming, sea level is rising, and the oceans are turning acidic. Some species will go extinct, others will adapt.
Hurricanes will become more intensive, the geographic ranges of species will shift, and warmer temperatures
may also alter the epidemiology of disease outbreaks.
The mission of Florida Tech's Institute for Research on Global Climate Change is to:
(1) Foster climate-change research that leads to improved decision-making at local to international levels;
(2) Provide world-class research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate researchers;
(3) Promote inter-disciplinary collaborations leading to new understandings of climate change.