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Founded within the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in 1986, the Earth System Science Center (ESSC) maintains a mission to describe, model, and understand the Earth's climate system. ESSC is one of seven centers supported by the Earth & Environmental Systems Institute.

The climate can be viewed as a complex interacting set of components including the oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere, and biosphere. Within the ESSC, we are engaged in studies that aim to understand both these individual components, and the interactions between them.

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James Kasting discusses "Mysteries of Mars" at April 10 Research Unplugged
ESSC scientist Dr. James Kasting will present "4th Rock From The Sun: Exploring The Mysteries Of Mars," at 12:30 p.m. on April 10, 2014 at Schlow Centre Region Library in State College, PA. This talk is part of the Research Unplugged series designed to bring Penn State researchers for talks and discussions with the public.
Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036
ESSC director Dr. Michael Mann penned this article in April 2014's Scientific American about projections of climate change using an Energy Balance Model.
Water Sustainability and Climate Science
A project funded by the National Science Foundation and Department of Agriculture consisting of a team of researchers from Penn State University and from eleven universities participating in a 5-year project to investigate water, sustainability, and climate of southern Florida.
Mann named distinguished professor in EMS
Earth and Mineral Sciences Dean William Easterling announced that Dr. Michael Mann has been named a Distinguished Professor in Meteorology for accomplishments and leadership in climate change research.