Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions


The Climate+ program is a full-time, ten-week summer research experience in which small teams of Duke undergraduates and graduate students explore new data-driven approaches addressing climate challenges.

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Climate+ is a vertical offered within Duke’s larger Data+ program, and is offered by the Nicholas Institute in partnership with the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke.

Climate+ projects are typically proposed and led by Duke University faculty members, sometimes in collaboration with partners outside the university. Teams typically consist of up to three undergraduates and one graduate student project manager, who work in a communal environment to learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data.

In addition to developing new skills through project work, Data+ participants gain broad exposure to the modern world of data science through interactions with guest experts and opportunities to learn from other project teams.

Students in the Climate+ subcohort also engage regularly with climate, environment, and energy researchers and practitioners.

Climate+ reflects the goals of the Duke Climate Commitment, which unites the university’s education, research, operations, and public service missions to address the climate crisis. The commitment builds on Duke’s longstanding leadership in climate, energy and sustainability to educate and deploy a generation of climate- and sustainability-fluent innovators and create just, equitable solutions for all.