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Dr Hayhoe is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. To this end, she analyzes observations, compares future scenarios, evaluates global and regional climate models, builds and assesses statistical downscaling models, and constantly strives to develop better ways of translating climate projections into information relevant to agriculture, ecosystems, energy, infrastructure, public health, and water resources.
Dr. Hayhoe is also the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research which strives to bridge the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients. We are currently working with the state of Delaware, the cities of Cambridge and Austin, and Boston Logan Airport to assess the potential impacts of climate change on their infrastructure and future planning.
She has over 100 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and other publications an many key reports including the U.S. Global Change Research Program’Second National Climate Assessment; the U.S. National Academy of Science report, Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations and Impacts over Decades to Millennia; and the upcoming 2014 Third National Climate Assessment. In addition to these reports, she has led climate impact assessments for a broad cross-section of cities and regions, from Chicago to California and the US Northeast. The findings of these studies have been presented before Congress, highlighted in briefings to state and federal agencies, and used as input to future planning by communities, states, and regions across the country.
Dr Hayhoe is proud to serve as a scientific adviser to Citizen’s Climate Lobby, the EcoAmerica Moment US project, The Energy and Enterprise Initiative, The Evangelical Environmental Network, and the International Woman’s Earth and Climate Initiative. She is a member of Climate Voices, a network that brings scientists and their fellow citizens together to engage in meaningful, ongoing dialogue about climate change effects on local communities, regions, and the country.
Dr Hayhoe holds a B.Sc. in physics and astronomy from the University of Toronto and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (YEAH!)
Ecosystem – a natural community of plants, animals, and other organisms and the physical environment in which they live and interact.
Climate – the pattern of weather over a long period of time. Weather patterns for about 30 years can be used to describe the climate of a particular place.
Global Climate – the average climate of the entire Earth.
Climate Change – a significant change in the climate over time.
Natural Gas – an odorless, colorless gas found in the Earth. Natural gas is a type of fossil fuel.
Greenhouse Gas – a natural or human-made gas that traps heat in the atmosphere. Examples of greenhouse gases include water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, and ozone.
Water Vapor – water that is present in the atmosphere as gas. Water vapor is an example of a greenhouse gas.
Carbon Dioxide – a colorless, odorless gas that is released from the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. Carbon dioxide is an example of a greenhouse gas.
Ozone – a gas made up of three atoms of oxygen bonded together. Ozone high in the atmosphere protects the Earth’s surface from harmful ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Close to earth, ozone is a pollutant created from other pollutants that react with each other.
Greenhouse Effect – the process by which greenhouse gases in the atmosphere trap heat