Climate Change Research Initiative

The NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators and graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project. 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.

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 student interns, this opportunity will not conflict with coursework and class schedules during the fall and spring. It is considered to be a part-time position that supports the graduate student's major area of study that will not exceed 10 hours per week

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 and other regional conferences and symposiums. The final symposium may have 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) and many others.

CCRI Research Opportunities for 2018-2019

Earth Observation Applications for Resiliency: Assessing Climate Change Impacts in Urban, Agricultural, and Natural Environments
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Christian Braneon

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

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

Understanding And Improving the Drivers of Natural Climate Variability
Location: NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Dr. Allegra LeGrande


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

The application deadline for the 2018-2019 year-long opportunity was September 19, 2018. Information about applying for internships during the 2019 summer component will be posted at a later date.

Educators: Please submit the following materials in your application to Mr. Matthew Pearce at the address listed below:
+ Completed application sheet — PDF or DOC.
+ Resumé including cover letter and curriculum vitae. Rank in order of preference the opportunities you would to apply to if more than one.
+ Two letters of recommendation from a supervisor (Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Chair).

Educator applicants must be currently employed as full time STEM educators and also be US citizens in order to participate in this opportunity.

For more information, please download and read th educator recruitment posting — PDF or DOC.

Graduate Students: To review specific details about the research opportunity and to submit applications, visit the NASA Internships and Fellowships website. This tutorial will guide you through making a profile and applying to GISS internships.

This year long program is currently posted as a fall 2018 opportunity. The applicant is required to participate in the fall, spring and summer sessions.

Grad student applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate level program of study or higher that aligns with the research project they are applying to. Travel, housing and relocation expenses are not provided.

Applications are evaluated upon receipt, and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

For more information, please download and read the grad student recruitment posting — PDF or DOC.

High School and Undergraduate Students: Information on how to apply internships during the CCRI summer 2019 session will be posted on the NASA Internships and Fellowships website in early 2019.

Please note that other GISS and research partner internships that are not part of the CCRI program may be listed on the internships page.

CCRI Education and Research Products

Dulaney, N., 2018: Earth’s Energy Budgets. Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio.

Chui, A.C., A. Gittelson, E. Sebastian, N. Stamler, and S. Gaffin, 2018: Urban heat islands and cooler infrastructure — Measuring near-surface temperatures with hand-held infrared cameras. Urban Clim., 24, 51-62, doi:10.1016/j.uclim.2017.12.009.

Peteet, D.M., J. Nichols, T. Kenna, C. Chang, J. Browne, M. Reza, S. Kovari, L. Liberman, and S. Stern-Protz, 2018: Sediment starvation destroys New York City marshes' resistance to sea level rise. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, early on-line.


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

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