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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Senior Research Scientist
Center for Global Change Science
Earth-System Science


Dr. C. Adam Schlosser is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Global Change Science, and also serves as the Deputy Director for Science at the MIT Joint Program of the Science and Policy of Global Change. Prior to his appointment at MIT, Dr. Schlosser was an Associate Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2001-2003), a Research Scientist at the Center for Ocean Land Atmosphere Studies (1997-2001). He conducted his postdoctoral work (1995-1997) at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton. His primary interests are the modeling, prediction, and risk assessment of our natural, managed, and built hydrologic, ecologic, and energy systems under global change. His work uses the MIT’s Integrated Global Systems Model (IGSM) that includes model development of its terrestrial component – the Global Land System (GLS). His other collaborative research endeavors have assessed and quantified the Earth’s global water and energy cycles using satellite information, and he served as a member of the NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study (NEWS) Science Integration Team. Dr. Schlosser has also undertaken numerical experimentation and observational studies of land hydrologic processes and their role in coupled hydroclimatological variability, and the predictability and prediction of the Earth’s climate system. In doing so, he has worked with a wide range of numerical models, ranging from point-scale models of land biogeophysical processes to general circulation models; and point to global-scale observational data for evaluation and complementary analyses. He also has participated in and led international experiments aimed to assess the performance of land and climate model simulations and predictions (e.g. GSWP2, PILPS, IPCC, AMIP2, DSP, SNOWMIP). His current collaborative research activities include the study of extreme events using observations and models for assessing current and future risks and resiliency, wind- and solar-power resource assessments, the fate of the Arctic permafrost under potential climate warming and subsequent biogeophysical and biogeochemical environmental feedbacks, and assessing water-resource risks under global change.