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International Research Institute for Climate and Society | Columbia University

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The IRI was initially established as a cooperative agreement between the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)‘s Climate Program Office and Columbia University. It is part of The Earth Institute, Columbia University, and is located at the Lamont Campus.

The mission of the IRI is to enhance society’s capability to understand, anticipate and manage the impacts of climate in order to improve human welfare and the environment, especially in developing countries. The IRI conducts this mission through strategic and applied research, education, capacity building, and by providing forecasts and information products with an emphasis on practical and verifiable utility and partnership.


  • Climate
  • Agriculture
  • Financial Instruments
  • Public Health
  • Earth Observation Applications
  • Disasters
  • Water
  • Ecosystems