Climate Change Research Initiative

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative — CCRI — is a summer internship opportunity for high school and undergraduate students as well as a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for educators and graduate students. Students and educators work directly with NASA scientists on NASA research projects associated with the science related to climate change.

During the fall and spring term 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 of study related to climate change. During the spring semester the graduate level intern and high school educator will continue to perform NASA research. Additionally, the high school STEM educator will develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio, which will integrate components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan that utilizes NASA education resources while aligning instruction of NASA Science and STEM curriculum to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

During the summer session the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team. The high school intern works for 40 hours per week for a period of six weeks and the undergraduate student works full time for eight weeks to complete the research project. The team will work collaboratively on a full time basis to complete the research project, finishing with a PowerPoint presentation and 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), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the United States Department of Defense (DoD).

Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies while remaining in their current teaching positions. Selected educators will become STEM education experts who will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while improving STEM education within their community.

Research Opportunities

1. Faint Young Sun Paradoxes and Habitable Worlds: Comparative Climatology of Early Earth and Mars. Dr. Linda Sohl

2. Climate Change in the Hudson Estuary – Past, Present, and Future. Dr. Dorothy Peteet

3. Urban Climate Adaptation Research: New Technologies, Materials & Thinking. Dr. Stuart Gaffin

4. What is Past is Prologue: Climate Systems in the Present and Past for Assessing Ice Sheets and Sea Level. Dr. Allegra Legrande


The deadline for high school and undergraduate intern applications to participate in the summer 2016 program has passed.

Information about applying for autumn 2016 and spring 2017 activities will be posted here when it becomes available.


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