Edited by: Dr Lisa Goddard
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) is a unique organization that has spearheaded innovation in climate data. Since its formation in the 1990s, IRI has utilized climate science to help anticipate and manage climate risks and opportunities, particularly in developing countries. IRI’s numerous projects include water management in South America, fire early-warning systems in Indonesia, and drought pattern research in the Sahel. IRI’s research is valuable for countries preparing for the challenges of variable and extreme climate compounded with population growth. Goddard et al.'s essay provides an overview of the thematic series and a full table of contents is available.