Texas Tech Atmospheric Scientist to Lead Climate Change Impacts Research for White
April 29, 2008
A prominent climate researcher will serve as a lead author for White House-based investigation
into climate change.
A prominent climate researcher and professor at the Department of Geosciences at
Texas Tech University has been invited by the White House to serve as a lead author
on a national research project to evaluate climate change impacts on the United States.
Katharine Hayhoe has been asked to provide projections of future regional-scale climate
changes that are expected during the coming century. Using these projections, other
authors of this report will assess the way climate change is likely to impact key
economic sectors and regions of the country.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to take all the information we’ve learned about how
climate change will affect the places where we live and put it all together in one
place," Hayhoe said. "The report will serve as a great resource for anyone who is
interested in finding out how climate change might affect daily life during the next
few decades and beyond."
The report, due for release in late 2008, will summarize observed and projected future
impacts of climate change on water resources, energy, agriculture, human society and
a number of other important aspects of life in the United States.
Drawing on her experience leading climate impact assessments for California, the Northeast
and the city of Chicago, Hayhoe will serve as lead author for the Great Plains chapter,
which includes Texas.
Hayhoe also contributed to the Nobel Prize-winning United Nations Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change.
CONTACT: Katharine Hayhoe, associate professor, Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech
University, (806) 742-0015, (806) 392-1900, or firstname.lastname@example.org