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Richard H. Moss

Human-Earth Sys Sci: Decisions
Social Scientist


Richard Moss is a senior scientist at PNNL's Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland. Moss’s research focuses on risk and resilience in coupled human-Earth systems, highlighting how human responses shape and are shaped by evolving environmental and socioeconomic conditions. He has published on climate scenarios, uncertainty characterization, adaptation, decision support, and climate services. Moss served as Director of the Office of the United States Global Change Research Program and Head of the technical support unit for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II. He also directed climate and energy programs for the World Wildlife Fund (US) and the United Nations Foundation. He has chaired and participated on committees and boards of the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and served as a lead author for reports of the IPCC and the US National Climate Assessment.

Research Interests

  • MultiSector dynamics of integrated human-environment systems
  • Uncertainty characterization
  • Vulnerability indicators and assessments
  • Climate and socioeconomic scenarios
  • Climate services

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (1987)
  • M.P.A., Princeton University (1983)
  • B.A., Carleton College (1977)

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Princeton University, Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment (Non-Resident Fellow)
  • University of Maryland, Department of Geographical Sciences (Adjunct Professor)
  • New York City Panel on Climate Change (Co-Chair)
  • Science for Climate Action Network (Chair, Convening Board)

Awards and Recognitions

  • National Associate, National Research Council (2016)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007)
  • Distinguished Associate, U.S. Department of Energy (2004)
  • Aldo Leopold Fellow (2001)
  • International Affairs Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations (NY) (1991-1993)

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