Richard H. Moss

US Climate Change
Science Program Office

Richard H. Moss is Director of the US Climate Change Science Program Office. He also holds an appointment as Staff Scientist at the Joint Global Change Research Institute (University of Maryland (College Park) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory). His research interests include the potential impacts of variability and change in climate, and evaluation and communication of scientific uncertainty in assessments. Moss also chairs the Task Group on Scenarios for Climate and Impact Assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and serves on the editorial board of Climatic Change.

From 1993-1998, Moss served as Director of the Technical Support Unit for the IPCC impacts, adaptation, and mitigation working group (Working Group II). He was co-editor of the Working Group II contribution to the IPCC Second Assessment Report (Cambridge University Press, 1996), editor or lead author of several special reports and technical papers, and one of the organizers and lead authors of the IPCC Third Assessment Report (Cambridge University Press, 2001).

Moss grew up near Chicago, Illinois and attended Carleton College (B.A. 1977, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Princeton University (Ph.D. 1987, Public and International Affairs, University Fellowship). After serving as a lecturer on the Princeton faculty for two years, Moss received an International Affairs Fellowship from the NY Council on Foreign Relations. He accepted an appointment as program officer at the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme in Stockholm, Sweden, where studied biogeochemical cycling and co-authored a science plan for research on the causes and biogeochemical significance of land use and land cover change.

Moss was named a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in 2001, served on the National Research Council Panel on Assessment of NASA’s Post-2002 Earth Observing Missions in 1999, and was a member of the editorial board of Annual Review of Energy and the Environment from 1994-1999. He is married to Dina Keller Moss and has two children, Michael and Sara.

July 2003