CHSP | Climate & Human Systems Project

The Climate and Human Systems Project (CHSP) is a cross-cutting research activity within the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Its principal goal is to integrate research on human and earth systems to improve understanding of climate change. To pursue this goal, the project develops and coordinates interdisciplinary studies focused on climate-related topics, such as climate modeling, analysis of climate model results, integrated assessment modeling, and impact modeling, to advance the scientific frontier and provide results relevant to policy discussions. These studies involve scientists in CGD, as well as from other NCAR laboratories and the larger scientific community. To stay up-to-date on CHSP activities, subscribe to the CHSP email list.

Project on the Benefits of Reduced Anthropogenic Climate changE

The current study topic is on the Benefits of Reduced Anthropogenic Climate changE (BRACE). Initiated in 2014, BRACE focuses on differences in impacts resulting from climate change driven by a higher emissions and radiative forcing scenario versus a lower scenario. The BRACE project involves 23 individual analyses and more than 50 authors from NCAR and from 18 partner institutions. Learn more about the BRACE project or see results from the BRACE project.

Beyond BRACE

Discussions have begun on possible topics for the next CHSP project after the BRACE project concludes. An initial conversation was held at the annual Community Earth System (CESM) workshop in Breckenridge in June 2015, and additional conversations will continue through early 2016. To stay informed about planning for the next CHSP project, sign up for the CHSP email list.

Additional CHSP Activities

In addition to coordinating interdisciplinary studies, the CHSP also:

    • Characterizes human-earth system research ongoing within CGD
    • Provides a forum for interaction across disciplines on climate change research within CGD and NCAR
    • Facilitates development of new research ideas and collaborations
    • Improves the capacity of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) to support interdisciplinary research, in conjunction with the Societal Dimensions Working Group (SDWG).

CHSP Projects

CHSP Contacts

Brian O'Neill
NCAR, CGD, 303.497.8118, Email

Emily Laidlaw
NCAR, CGD, 303.497.1707, Email

Marlene DiMarco
NCAR, CGD, 303.497.1371, Email