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The Center for Climate Systems Research is the official administrative vehicle for the cooperative relationship between Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

The official administrative vehicle for the cooperative relationship between Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies is the Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR). GISS/CCSR was established with the objective of providing an enhanced understanding of the Earth’s climate sensitivity and variability, as well as the forcing and feedback mechanisms that control them. The center is especially concerned with the role of the physical, chemical and physiological components of the past, present, and future climate system with a focus on long-term climate changes that have the potential to impact human populations and environmental stability. CCSR also plays a large role in dissemination of the NASA and Columbia University climate change research to both formal and informal educational institutions and participates in a variety of education and public outreach projects.