Climate Change Research Initiative

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams, and develop STEM curricula for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and STEM education experts who will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classrooms while improving STEM education within their communities.

During the fall and spring terms of CCRI, the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators who will lead graduate level interns and high school educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area related to climate change. High school and undergraduate students will join the teams during the summer session.

Participating high school STEM educators will develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio that integrates components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan that utilizes NASA education resources and aligns NASA Science and STEM curricula to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The teachers will then incorporate the STEM curriculum into their classrooms and also provide community outreach STEM engagement events related to their NASA research study. The fall and spring term will not conflict with the educators’ primary schedule, roles or responsibilities at their school sites.

For graduate students, fall and spring sessions will have a time commitment of 10 hours per week for a period of 10 weeks.

During the summer session, the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team. The entire team will work collaboratively on a full-time basis to complete the research project, deliver a PowerPoint presentation, and create a scientific poster that will be presented at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the CUNY CREST Summer STEM Symposium. The final symposium will include participants from other government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE), the United States Department of Defense (DoD), and many others.

Research Opportunities for 2016-17

I. West African Monsoon Climate Modeling
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Matthew Fulakeza

II. Climate Change in the Hudson Estuary — Past, Present, and Future
Location: Columbia Univ. Lamont–Doherty Earth Observatory and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Dorothy Peteet

III. Urban Climate Adaptation Research: New Technologies, Materials & Thinking
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Stuart Gaffin

IV. What is Past is Prologue: Climate Systems in the Present and Past for Assessing Ice Sheets and Sea Level
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Allegra LeGrande


The application deadline for both educators and graduate students to particpate in the CCRI 2016-17 program was September 19, 2016.

Application information for high school and undergraduate interns to participate in the summer 2017 session will be announced at a later date.

Applicants should reside within a 50-mile radius of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, located at 2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025.


Please address all inquiries about the Climate Change Research Initiative to:

Matthew Pearce
Education Program Specialist
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway
New York, NY 10025