Climate change, driven primarily by greenhouse gas emissions, will steadily increase Earth’s temperature and cause increasingly severe weather events that impact the livelihoods of humans, wildlife, and ecosystems. The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation supports reducing human impacts on our climate and funding research that improves understanding of climate models and data.
Advancing Climate Science
Predicting the precise effects and potential damage of climate change is challenging because models work within a dynamic and complex system. We support the collection and analysis of new data to contribute to better climate modeling.
Exploring Below Antarctic Ice
This project deployed the first autonomous network of long-endurance, deployable robots linked via underwater sound transmissions to collect critical data in unexplored ice-shelf cavities and adjacent, open-ocean areas of the Western Antarctic. It gathered data near and beneath ice shelves is challenging, but necessary in order to more accurately understand glacier-ocean interactions, ice-flow behaviors, and future ice-sheet contributions to sea levels.
Creating Deep Ocean Profiles
This project deployed deep-ocean profiling floats, or “Deep Argos,” to depths of 4,000-6,000 meters into the Atlantic Ocean, east of Brazil to collect vital temperature and salinity data, which can be used in ocean circulation and climate models. In addition, this project aims to create a proof of concept to increase confidence among funding partners and, in turn, support subsequent deployments at greater scale.
Reducing Greenhouse Gases
The concentration of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide is the highest it has been in 850,000 years, forcing our planet to warm at an alarming rate. We support actions that adopt greener human behavior to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Smart City Challenge — Columbus
The Smart City Challenge was launched to find a “smart city” partner willing to develop and model practices that reduce emissions from urban transportation sources and, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), we committed $10 million to the $50 million challenge. After an extensive review process, Columbus, Ohio was selected as the winner. Today, the city continues to benefit from the project which supports the use of EVs and other, low-carbon emitting vehicles.
Partners: US DOT, Ohio Business Partners