The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks a full-time Staff Associate to serve as the Climate Assessment Specialist, supported by a grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Staff Associate will assist the Principal Investigator with stakeholder-driven research on climate assessment in the urban corridor from Philadelphia to Boston and will work closely with other researchers and stakeholders in the northeast corridor, including Washington, DC, and the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN), one of NOAA's Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program projects.
Will help research, design, and inform ongoing climate assessment activities in support of current and future National Climate Assessments (NCA) and sustained assessment activities. Will include evaluating, synthesizing, and communicating knowledge about extreme weather/climate risks and impacts to decision makers. Activities will focus on sustained climate assessments that supplement the model of large, national climate assessment reports at multi-year intervals and will include a focus on urban infrastructures that support energy, water, transportation, and communication systems. Evaluation of economic impacts will be another integrating lens for the work. The Staff Associate will facilitate regular interactions and exchanges to help strengthen regional capacities for: the production and communication of weather and climate information to a wide variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors and in the scientific community; the development and evaluation of decision-support tools and systems for climate risk management; climate vulnerability assessment and monitoring; innovative infrastructure design; advancing effective adaptation practices and strategies; the identification of opportunities for information and cost sharing by neighboring state and local governments; and long-term resilience planning.
Canvass the Northeast NCA region to identify examples of successful integration of science into decision-making with the capacity for sustained assessment. Engage with stakeholders and partners involved in developing and implementing both sector-specific and integrated, multi-sector adaptation plans. Develop a system to categorize the information collected through stakeholder interactions. Assess knowledge gaps that could be filled to augment future NCA reports.
Organize and convene multiple workshops to promote the exchange of knowledge. Facilitate conversations to share best adaptation practices and as well as collaborative design of decision-support tools and systems. Work with the NCA, RISA, and other climate assessment specialists to identify ongoing activities. Evaluate how NCA information developed by CCRUN is being used throughout the Northeast.
Disseminate research findings and outcomes. Assist with writing of research reports. Contribute to peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations. Prepares reports required by NOAA and NCA program offices for PI review.
Will receive general supervision from the Lamont Associate Research Professor. Will exercise independent judgment within specific parameters set by the Lamont Associate Research Professor.
Experience working with communities, organizations or agencies related to climate adaptation planning is preferred as well as experience working at the interface between research and decision making.
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