Recent studies have confirmed that human activities post industrial revolution are dangerously changing the climate and have negative impacts on the general livelihoods. It causes significant changes in physical and biological systems. World summit meetings on climate change that started in the 1990s have increased the attention of the global community to these problems and forces to build action plans for climate change mitigation and adaptation both in international and national levels.
Indonesia as a tropical island nation and developing country is one that will be most affected by climate change. Understanding these, Indonesia has committed to reduce its carbon emissions to help stop further alteration of climate. National policies, developments, and researches in Indonesia are being developed towards the mitigation and adaptation of climate change.
The University of Indonesia (UI) has more than half a century history of knowledge development on Indonesian studies. Located in Indonesia’s capital city, it has the most opportunity to influence the nation’s policy developments. Most importantly, it has Indonesia as its study sites. The largest tropical island nation in the world, with unique, very high diversity of geo-characteristics, biodiversity, human socioeconomic and culture, in which at the same time, is very vulnerable to the impact of climate change. All of these provide ‘opportunities without boundaries’ for UI to develop excellent researches and become one of the leading climate change research center in the world.