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July 2011

Richard Moss Appointed Chair of National Research Council Committee

Dr. Richard H. Moss was appointed Chair of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Moss is a scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI), a partnership between PNNL and the University of Maryland. The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences prepares scientific reports and advice for the U.S. government.

At JGCRI, Moss studies methods to support applications of global change research including scenarios, characterization and communication of uncertainty, and adaptation to climate change. Moss has served on other NAS committees such as the America's Climate Choices science panel and is active on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Previously, Moss served as Director of the Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (2000-06), Director of one of the IPCC's Technical Support Units (1993-99), and while on leave, as Vice President, Climate Change, of the World Wildlife Fund (2007-2009). Moss received the U.S. Department of Energy's Distinguished Associate award in 2003 for leading preparation of the U.S. government's 10-year climate change research plan.

"Richard has extensive experience working with federal global change agencies and has connections to international research activities. I value his ability to work with constituents of diverse perspectives," said Dr. Paul Stern, Staff Director at NAS, concerning Moss's work leading the committee.

The Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change includes both natural and social scientists and focuses on interdisciplinary research to inform global change policy. Examples of the committee's current interests include accelerating deployment of low-carbon energy technologies, integrating social and environmental data for research on vulnerable communities, assessing the potential climate and sustainable development benefits of reducing deforestation, and developing valuation methods to support environmental policy and decision making.


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