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Bob Kopp

Climate scientist, geobiologist, and climate policy scholar at Rutgers University's Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences and Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences.


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I am a climate scientist, geobiologist, and climate policy scholar. I serve at Rutgers University as Director of the Institute of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences and as a professor in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences.

I also co-direct Rutgers’ transdisciplinary Coastal Climate Risk & Resilience (C2R2) initiative, a training program which brings graduate students in the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, and urban planning together with coastal stakeholders to tackle the challenges that climate change poses to the world’s coastlines.

I’m one of the directors of the Climate Impact Lab, a collaboration of more than two dozen climate scientists, economists, data scientists and policy scholars, working to bring Big Data approaches to the assessment of the economic risks of climate change.

My research focuses on understanding uncertainty in past and future climate change, with major emphases on sea-level change and on the interactions between physical climate change and the economy.

I am a lead author of the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s 2017 Climate Science Special Report and of Economic Risks of Climate Change: An American Prospectus. I was a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, and have served on sea-level rise expert groups for several states and and cities.

In addition to the Rutgers Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and the Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, I am also a member of the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Rutgers Energy Institute. I am affiliated with Rutgers graduate programs in Atmospheric Sciences, Geological Sciences, Oceanography, Statistics, and Planning and Public Policy.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, I served as a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy and International Affairs and as a Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University. I received my Ph.D. in geobiology from Caltech and my undergraduate degree in geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago.

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