Departmental initiatives reflect long-term priority research areas, and strategic research impulses, within the department. Generally these initiatives span the activities of more than one working group. They are the scientific backbone of our intellectual activity. Currently the three main initiatives centered within the department are:

In addition, ICON is an institutional initiative to develop a next generation general circulation model in which the department plays a leading role. Department members also contribute to a number of institute wide projects, including CMIP5, STORM, Super Volcano and Millennium.