The PCC was founded with University Initiative Funds, awarded in 2001, to bring together the long tradition of research at UW in many aspects of climate.
- To create a strong sense of community among faculty and students interested in climate change.
- To develop new courses that focus on the issues of climate change.
- To create an intellectual atmosphere (through seminars, research, and special topic institutes) that establishes the UW as a place where important questions about how climate and our physical and human world interact are formulated and addressed.
- To make the whole of the climate change effort at UW a powerful force in the training of future scientists and policy makers and in the understanding of past, present, and future climate.
To best grow with the changing field of climate science and change and research at UW, PCC activities and advisory board also include individuals from School of Environmental and Forest Resources, Biology, Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Fishery Sciences.
The scope of the PCC is also enhanced by collaborations with both long standing research units on campus including Quaternary Research Center (QRC), Applied Physics Lab (APL), Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO), Climate Impacts Group (CIG), NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL) and newly formed initiatives including the Future of Ice and the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE).