Supporting Science for a Better World

At Columbia’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, we work to ensure that the most climate-vulnerable people in the world have enough to eat for themselves and their families, stay healthy and keep out of harm’s way. Our work is based on advancing science, building trust, and thinking long term.

Why do we do what we do? Walter Baethgen, IRI’s head of regional and sector research says it best in our new video: “It’s amazing and exciting when you see scientific work really being applied, really affecting the way a country functions.” Have a look.

As we look back on the year, it is easy to see how critical IRI’s work and mission have become, whether in predicting the next El Niño or La Niña, tackling public health threats around the world or creating new tools to predict wildfires. And now, with direct support from Columbia University, we’re starting our most ambitious project yet: working with our national and international partners in six countries to adapt their food systems to climate now, so that their citizens will have nutritious and sustainable food no matter how the climate changes in the seasons and decades to come. Our approach could transform the futures and improve the lives of billions of people.

You, our partners, donors, and friends, helped us make 2017 an incredible year of successes and new opportunities. Your support has had a positive and measurable impact on people’s lives. Help us continue in our mission by making a gift today.

We are truly grateful for the part you play in addressing some of the greatest climate challenges of our time.


Lisa Goddard

Director, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society
The Earth Institute, Columbia University