Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. At GISS, she heads the Climate Impacts Group whose mission is to investigate the interactions of climate (both variability and change) on systems and sectors important to human well-being. She is also Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Center for Climate Systems Research and Professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Barnard College.
A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Dr. Rosenzweig’s primary research involves the development of interdisciplinary methodologies by which to assess the potential impacts of and adaptations to global environmental change. Recognizing that the complex interactions engendered by global environmental change can best be understood by coordinated teams of experts, Dr. Rosenzweig has organized and led large-scale interdisciplinary, national, and international studies of climate change impacts and adaptation in rural and urban settings. She is the co-founder of the Agricultural Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP), a major international collaboration to improve global agricultural modeling, understand climate impacts on the agricultural sector, and enhance adaptation capacity in developing and developed countries. She co-led the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. In addition, she is also a lead editor on the Urban Climate Change Research Network Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities.
She was Coordinating Lead Author on observed climate change impacts for the IPCC Working Group II Fourth Assessment Report and is Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change, a body of experts convened by the Mayor to advise the city on adaptation. She was named as one of Nature’s “Ten People Who Mattered in 2012”.