At CCSR, we investigate the chain of causes and effects linking climate and its impacts, utilizing the global climate models, physically based impact models, chemical tracer models and interdisciplinary teams. Distinctive features of our methods include regional disaggregation, high spatial and temporal resolution, and theoretical improvement in the treatment of uncertainty. Observed climate data and climate model outputs (e.g., temperature, precipitation, solar radiation) are used as inputs to "impact models" to produce regional changes in variables such as crop yields, water availability, and forests. These changes may then be evaluated in terms of economic and social costs, including numbers of people threatened by hunger, drought, or coastal storm surges.
Our group's research contributions have been in three areas: (1) risk analysis and management in complex engineered systems, (2) cyberinfrastructure and “big data” analytics for molecular products design and discovery, and (3) complex adaptive teleological systems. These challenges are addressed using a combination of artificial intelligence, informatics, statistics, and mathematical programming techniques.
AC4’s mission is to support, share and connect theory, research and practice at Columbia University and beyond related to conflict resolution, violence prevention, sustainable development, and peace. We work collaboratively across disciplines, using multiple cultural lenses and methodologies to actively engage in complex global issues. Through the support of faculty and students at Columbia University, and in collaboration with centers and institutes from Columbia University and others across the globe, AC4 works to generate cutting-edge ideas, practices and technologies to foster constructive conflict resolution, violence prevention, sustainable development, and peace.
There are a number of labs and research groups housed within the Department of Biomedical Informatics that work on systems science and health. The times and locations for the meetings of these groups, as well as the faculty directors, can be found at the link above.