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PSD Welcomes New Senior Scientist Roger Pulwarty

July 10, 2017

Roger Pulwarty
Roger Pulwarty

The Physical Sciences Division welcomes its new senior scientist, Dr. Roger Pulwarty as of June 26th. Roger comes to PSD from NOAA’s Climate Program Office where he served as Senior Advisor for Climate Research, and was the former director of the National Integrated Drought Information System.

Roger has an impressive record linking the science of weather, water and climate extremes and their impacts to societal issues. His national and international work across public, private, and academic sectors has played a central role in promoting and disseminating advances in meteorological research to ensure the nation and the world benefit from the best, most current scientific knowledge.

Throughout his career, Roger has helped develop and led widely-recognized programs dealing with climate science, adaptation, and services. He is a lead author on UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Global Assessment Reports and on numerous IPCC Assessments and special reports. Roger has served on advisory committees of the National Academy of Sciences, provided testimonies before the U.S. Congress, and acts as an advisor on climate risk management and services to the Western Governors Association, the Caribbean Economic Community, the Organization of American States, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme and the InterAmerican and World Banks. Roger co-chairs the World Meteorological Organization’s Commission on Climatology Climate Services Information System Implementation Team, as part of the UN Global Framework on Climate Services, and the White House Task Force on Water-Energy and Food Security. He has been an invited keynote speaker at numerous international and national conferences, including the World Bank Global Framework for Risk Reduction, the International Economic Forum of the Americas, the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum, the World Water Forum, the International Red Cross, and the Conference of US State Legislatures, among others.

Roger has received multiple awards including the IPCC Nobel Peace Prize (2007), and the 2013 Gold Medal for Excellence in Applied Science and Technology from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. He was the 2016 American Geophysical Union Natural Hazards Gilbert F. White Distinguished Lecture Award in recognition of his interdisciplinary accomplishments, and in January 2017, he served as a panelist on the AMS 17th Presidential Forum at the 97th AMS Annual Meeting.