Our goal is to understand and reveal the challenges of Chicago’s changing climate.


CROCUS is an Urban Integrated Field Laboratory led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in partnership with academic and community organizations and civic and industry champions.

Funded by the DOE’s Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research program, 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, multi-scale observational science and creates highly accurate climate models. This information leads to new insights on current and future urban climate challenges and informs future actions for mitigating and adapting to climate change at the street, neighborhood and regional levels. 

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

Learn more about CROCUS research, methods, partnerships and how we work with communities and gather their input.

CROCUS advances urban climate science by exploring how global and regional climate change influences stresses to people, infrastructure and the environment.

Our 17 partner organizations collaborate to identify and test sustainable solutions to bring just transitions to clean energy and green infrastructure.

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