26
Sep
2016

The new Center for Spatial Data Science joins the Computation Institute and the Social Services Division, bringing advanced spatial analytics methods to fields ranging from economics and urban sociology to medicine and public health. Learn about the center's research collaborations and initiatives in software, training, and developing new methods.

23
Sep
2016

With a worldwide population projected to top nine billion in the next 30 years, the amount of food produced globally will need to double. A new study from researchers at the University of Birmingham and the Center for Robust Decision-Making on Climate and Energy Policy (RDCEP) shows that much of the land currently used to grow wheat, maize and rice is vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This could lead to a major drop in productivity of these areas by 2050, along with a corresponding increase in potential productivity of many previously-unused areas, pointing to a major shift in the map of global food production.

20
Sep
2016

Economics is a field where theories are easy to create, and very difficult to test. It’s impractical, if not impossible, to run a controlled experiment on a scale large enough to measure the true effect of policy on economies. Looking at historical data has problems as well, as economic statistics are often too coarse or unreliable to model or investigate macroeconomic theories.