Linda O. Mearns

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Senior Scientist
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Linda O. Mearns is Director of the Regional Climate Uncertainty Program (RCUP) and previously served as Director of the Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Program (WCIASP) for 15 years. She is also Head of the Regional Integrated Sciences Collective (RISC) within the Information Systems Division (ISD) of the Computational and Information Systems Lab, 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, 2007, and 2013/14 Assessments regarding climate variability, impacts of climate change on agriculture, regional projections of climate change, climate scenarios, and uncertainty in future projections of climate change. She has also participated in all of the US National Climate Assessments either as an author or review editor. She led the multi-agency supported North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP), and is co-Chair of the North American CORDEX Program. She has been a member of the National Research Council Climate Research Committee (CRC), the NAS Human Dimensions of Global Change (HDGC) Committee, the NAS Panel on Adaptation of the America’s Climate Choices Program, and the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Advancing Climate Modeling. 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. She received the American Association of Geographers Life Time Achievement Award in 2015 and the Excellence in Research Award in 2016. She currently is on the Advisory Panel of the USGCRP and member of the Board on Environmental Health (BEH) of the AMS.