Lisa Goddard

Columbia University
Senior Research Scientist
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Dr. Lisa Goddard is the Director of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), a senior research scientist at the IRI and an adjunct associate professor within the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences of Columbia University.
Dr. Goddard’s research is aimed at improving the quality and content of climate predictions. She has extensive experience in forecasting methodology and has published papers on El Niño, seasonal climate forecasting and verification, and probabilistic climate change projections. Much of Dr. Goddard’s research focuses on diagnosing and extracting meaningful information from climate models and available observations. She has developed and oversees a national post-doctoral program, the Post-docs Applying Climate Expertise Program (PACE), which explicitly links recent climate PhDs with decision-making institutions. In addition, Dr. Goddard also sits on several national and international science advisory panels, and is the co-chair of International CLIVAR under the World Climate Research Programme. Dr. Goddard received her Ph.D. in atmospheric and oceanic sciences from Princeton University and her B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley.