This new millennium is marked by the globalization of the impacts of human action on the planet. These are translated into environmental changes, associated mainly to the use of resources, habitat transformation and in particular to climate change as a result of greenhouse gas emissions. All of them are powerful agents transforming the biophysical environment that establish ways of interdependence and feedback with demographic and socioeconomic elements, constituting fundamental forces of global change.
The UC Global Change Center comes from an alliance between five schools: Agronomy and Forest Engineering, Biological Sciences, Engineering, Economic and Administrative Sciences and History, Geography and Political Science, concentrating their efforts on basic and applied research on the biophysical and human of global change.
The mission of the UC Global Change Center is to "promote academic collaboration (national and international) to investigate phenomena related to global change, fully addressing the biophysical and human dimensions."