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Noah Diffenbaugh

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Earth System Science; Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


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Noah Diffenbaugh is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and Senior Fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. His research interests are centered on the dynamics and impacts of climate variability and change, including the role of humans as a coupled component of the climate system. Much of his work has focused on the role of fine-scale processes in shaping climate change impacts, including studies of extreme weather, water resources, agriculture, human health, and poverty vulnerability. Diffenbaugh is currently a Lead Author for Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Effects of Provisions in the Internal Revenue Code on Greenhouse Gas Emissions. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), as an Editor of Geophysical Research Letters and as a Member Representative to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). He is a recipient of the James R. Holton Award from the American Geophysical Union, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation and a Terman Fellowship from Stanford University. He has also been recognized as a Kavli Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and as a Google Science Communication Fellow.