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Community Research on Climate and Urban Science

CROCUS is an Urban Integrated Field Laboratory established by Argonne with help from academic and community organizations and civic and industry champions. Our goal is to understand and meet the challenges of Chicago’s changing climate.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Community Research on Climate and Urban Science (CROCUS) studies urban climate change and its implications for environmental justice in the Chicago region. The CROCUS team conducts novel observational science and creates highly accurate climate models. This information will lead to new insights on current and future urban climate challenges and will inform future actions for mitigating and adapting to climate change at the street, neighborhood, and regional levels.

The goal of CROCUS is to develop knowledge and tools that are responsive to the needs of diverse communities and applicable to urban areas across the country. CROCUS research provides opportunities to educate and train the next generation of workers who are diverse, informed, and prepared for jobs in the climate sector.