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Affiliation: 
NCAR
Title: 
Senior Scientist
Department: 
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Expertise: 
climate scenario formation, uncertainty analysis, climate impacts

Biography

Linda O. Mearns is Director of the Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program (WCIASP) and Head of the Regional Integrated Sciences Collective (RISC) within the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe), and Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado. She served as Director of the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment (ISSE) for three years ending in April 2008. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography/Climatology from UCLA. She has performed research and published mainly in the areas of climate change scenario formation, quantifying uncertainties, and climate change impacts on agro-ecosystems. She has particularly worked extensively with regional climate models. She has been an author in the IPCC Climate Change 1995, 2001, and 2007 Assessments regarding regional projections of climate change, climate scenarios, and uncertainty in future projections; and she is a lead author for the Fifth Assessment Report (due out in 2013). She leads the multi-agency supported North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP). She has been a member of the National Research Council Climate Research Committee (CRC), the NAS Panel on Adaptation of the America's Climate Choices Program, the NAS Panel on Advancing Climate Modeling, and the NAS Human Dimensions of Global Change (HDGC) Committee. She has worked extensively with resource managers (e.g., water resource managers and ecologists) to form climate change scenarios for use in adaptation planning. She was made a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in January 2006.