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Joint Global Change Research Institute
Senior Scientist
Climate Change Impacts, International Env. Institutions, Land-use/Cover Change, Climate and societal interactions, Adaptation, uncertainty, vulnerability, scenarios


Richard H. Moss is a senior scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute, located at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Moss’s research focuses on understanding how individuals and organizations use scientific information about climate change and other environmental phenomena in making decisions. His research has included tailoring climate and adaptation science to better fit decision requirements – for example by integrating climate science and decision support scenarios, and developing methods for decision-oriented vulnerability assessments. He has also focused on model- and expert-judgment-based methods for characterizing uncertainty and confidence in scientific information. Moss has also held several public service positions, including as Director of the office coordinating the thirteen agencies that participate in the US Government’s climate and global change research program (spanning the Clinton and G.W. Bush Administrations). He served as a technical support director, author, and review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as chair of the IPCC task group on scenarios. He was director of climate and energy programs at the World Wildlife Fund and the UN Foundation. He also played multiple roles for the US National Climate Assessment (NCA), including as chair of the NCA scenarios working group, co-convening lead author of the decision support resources chapter, and lead author of a special report that provided recommendations on the next phases of the sustained NCA process. Moss chairs the National Academy of Science Board on Environmental Change and Society. He received his doctoral and master’s degrees from Princeton University in public policy, and his B.A. from Carleton College. He is a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program.