University of Colorado at Boulder

Colloquia Event

Friday October 08, 2010. 03:30 pm. GUGG 205

From research to service: Informing adaptation in a changing climate

Roger Pulwarty

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Roger S. Pulwarty is a geographer. He is Climate and Societal Interactions Division Chief and the Director of the multi-agency National Integrated Drought Information System at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington DC and Boulder Colorado. He holds a PhD in Geography (1994) from the University of Colorado, Boulder working under Professor Roger Barry. Dr. Pulwarty‘s research focuses on climate, vulnerability assessment, and risk management in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. From 1998 to 2002 he helped develop and was the first director of the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program at NOAA. The RISAs, located at Universities across the US, are now widely acknowledged as forming the regional research basis in support of the nascent National Climate Service.

Roger also leads the Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments component of the World Bank/GEF-funded project on the multi-country “Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean.” He is a lead author on several national and international climate impacts assessments reports including the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II, the Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters, and Synthesis Reports of the US Global Change Research Program. He is a Convening Lead Author on Adaptation Planning and Implementation in the forthcoming UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Global Assessment of Disasters (2011) and the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report Working Group II (2014).

Roger has acted in advisory capacities on climate impacts assessment, natural resources and climate-related disaster management to several U.S. and international interests including the Western Governors Association, the Department of the Interior, NASA, the governments of CARICOM (the Caribbean Economic Community), Fiji, Portugal, Venezuela, Chile, the Organization of American States, the UNDP, UNEP, WMO, and the InterAmerican Development and World Banks. He is Professor-adjunct at the University of Colorado and at the University of the West Indies (Barbados) where within the School of Natural Resources Management, he developed that University’s first Graduate Course in Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment. Roger has served on committees of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, provided testimony before the U.S. Congress, most recently on adaptation and water resources, and has been featured in several media communications, including the New York Times Magazine article “The Future is Drying Up”. He is a co-recipient of the 2008 NOAA
Administrator's award for outstanding achievements in integrating climate research into decision-making, and the 2010 Gold Medal, the highest award given by the Department of Commerce.