Welcome to CIESIN's Web site. As an organization dedicated to making information available to a wide range of users--researchers, policy makers, and the general public--we invite you to explore the Projects, Resources, and Services CIESIN offers, including What is CIESIN, Information Cooperative, Projects, CIESIN's Gateway, Information Resources, and Tools. We are developing ways to help you access and use data and information that will help you understand the impacts of global environmental change and support sustainable development.
CIESIN's mission is to provide access to and enhance the use of information worldwide, advancing understanding of human interactions in the environment and serving the needs of science and public and private decision making.
The Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) was established in 1989 as an independent non-governmental organization to provide information that would help scientists, decision-makers, and the public better understand the changing relationship between human beings and the environment. In 1998, CIESIN became a center within Columbia University's Earth Institute. From its offices at Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus in Palisades, New York, CIESIN continues to focus on applying state-of-the-art information technology to pressing interdisciplinary data, information, and research problems related to human interactions in the environment.