Richard H. Mossis an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences and also holds appointments as Senior Scientist at the University’s Joint Global Change Research Institute and as a visiting scientist at the Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center. Richard’s research focuses on (1) vulnerability assessment and adaptation to global change (quantitative and qualitative methods); (2) uncertainty characterization and communication (uncertainty methods for IPCC and the US National Assessment); and (3) scenarios (the Representative Concentration Pathways, RCPs). His current research on global change impacts focuses on multi-sector/scale modeling of global change impacts and responses. He served as Director of the US Global Change Research Program (spanning the Clinton and G.W. Bush Administrations), Head of technical support for Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and director of climate/energy at the UN Foundation and World Wildlife Fund. He currently chairs the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained US National Climate Assessment (NCA) and the National Academy of Science's Board on Environmental Change and Society. He is a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in public and international affairs. 


  • PhD
    Princeton University, Public and International Affairs

Fundamental research can be guided by considerations of use so that the knowledge gained pushes the frontiers of science and helps solve real world problems.

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