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AGCI Projects

    Conceived in 1989 and conducted each year since 1990, AGCI interdisciplinary workshops are designed to further knowledge in global change science by convening scholars from across disciplines to focus on specific topics in global environmental change. These meetings consistently fill a unique niche by fostering a strong dialogue across disciplines and often between social and natural sciences.

  • AGCI hosts public lectures by leading scientists as part of an event series named in honor of Walter Orr Roberts, a notable scientist, humanitarian, and founder of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. This series has covered the gamut of global change topics from changes in biodiversity, to human health changes in response to the environment, to the climate of earth's past, present, and future.

  • AGCI is dedicated to identifying promising policies, technologies, and research ideas that accommodate the energy requirements of the human population while reducing the environmental impact of civilization’s energy needs. Our solutions page showcases solution strategies, AGCI's Energy Table and Energy Tool, and our Quarterly Research Review series.

  • This showcase features some of AGCI's online learning materials targeted at higher education students and lifelong learners curious about topics like climate change, energy decarbonization, water availability, food security, and preservation of ecosystems. Featured resources include engaging public talks by experts from the global change research community and illustrated explainer videos from AGCI's interdisciplinary workshops.

  • The interactive Roaring Fork Observation Network (iRON) is comprised of a series of local watershed-wide monitoring stations (ranging in elevation from 6,200ft to over 12,000ft) that help to improve local understanding of our ecosystems in the context of a changing climate.

  • In order to close the gap between scientific information and public understanding, AGCI produces graphics backed by sound science to convey messages that would benefit from visual explanation.

  • AGCI is assisting ACES with the development of a Forest Health Index, a resource designed to help identify and communicate important trends in our forest. The FHI is available at

  • The AGCI Resilience Project aims to help foster improved dialogue about resilience and offers a set of core principles from which communities can get started. This work emerges from a 2015 AGCI workshop on Risk & Resilience in the Face of Global Change.

  • To facilitate shared learning and capacity building, the Mountain West Climate Services Partnership is a network of researchers and local champions working to increase access to information, tools, and other resources to help small and medium-sized communities throughout the Mountain West region prepare for climate change. 

  • AGCI is helping the City of Aspen to understand the range of potential future impacts of climate change to the Aspen community.
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  • This is a special report AGCI prepared and presented to the National Science Foundation about how science policy-makers can support the improved use of science for rebuilding and maintaining US infrastructure.

  • FtHM is an NSF-supported pilot website that highlights clips from AGCI’s video archive in an accessible way, offering students and other learners a unique straight-from-the-source glimpse into science.

  • AGCI works to support science education from k-12 through adult learners. In addition to providing classroom visits in the valley, online educational resources about global change are available on our website. Education page

Sponsored Projects

  • The Crux Alliance, a joint project of Aspen Global Change Institute and Energy Innovation, is a group of globally recognized, technically expert organizations that are laser-focused on advancing policies—unbiased, pragmatic, and localized—to generate powerful action in the countries and sectors most critical to long-term climate stability. The members of the Crux Alliance, known as Crux Policy Centers, support policymakers around the world working to retire polluting power plants and replace polluting vehicles, factories, and buildings with low-carbon alternatives—and to grow these alternatives at speed and scale. For more on the Crux Alliance and to request assistance on specific policy solutions, visit

  • The mission of AGCI’s Energy Project, led by Hal Harvey, is to accelerate progress in clean energy by identifying policies that most effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Through customized research and analysis for decision makers, the project uncovers strategies that will produce the largest results. The Energy Project works in both the US and China on energy issues such as utility market regulation, urban design, and natural gas policy. An underlying basis in current science and careful analysis informs this work, supporting communities, large and small, in making wise decisions under rapidly evolving and uncertain conditions. Learn more at

  • The Climate Communication project, led by Susan Hassol, trains scientists to be more effective public communicators and also provides science resources directly to the media and the public via its website,