Bob Corell, Ph.D.


Global Environment & Technology Foundation







Dr. Robert W. Corell is a Principal at the Global Environment Technology Foundation and Leads its Center for Energy and Climate Solutions. He has several academic appointments: Senior Fellow, College of Arts and Science and its School of Environment, Arts and Society, Florida International University, The Arctic Chair and Professor II at the University of Tromsø (Norway), and Professor II at the Research Institute at the University of the Arctic. He was until 2009 the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Digital Universe Foundation.  He is a Member of the Modeling Team at Climate Interactive Initiative, Council Member of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) and Lead Author of GEA’s Chapter 3 on Environment and Energy. He is Founder in 2008 and Chair of the Global Climate Action Initiative established to assist international negotiators (US, China, Indonesia, etc.) in the UNFCCC and beyond processes and in 2010, Dr. Corell founded the non-profit Global Science Associates, an interdisciplinary nucleus for the world’s best science experts and collaboratories. He lead the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (2005) and most recently lead a comprehensive study of governance issues in the circumpolar Arctic, the recommendations of which were adopted in May 2011 by the Arctic Council consisting of the eight ministers of foreign affairs of the eight Arctic nations

In 1996, he was awarded the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit by the President of Brazil.In 2003, a Mountain region in Antarctic was named the “Corell Cirque” in his honor.  Further, he was recognized with the other scientists for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments and in 2010, Dr. Corell was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine by the Norges Veterinærhøgskole (Norwegian School of Veterinarian Science)

He was Vice President for Programs and Policy at the Heinz Center from 2006 to 2009 and recently, he completed an appointment that began in January 2000 as a Senior Research Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Corell has been a Senior Policy Fellow at the Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society.  Dr. Robert Corell has been quoted in The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Golf Digest and many other media outlets, and has appeared on CBS News,’ 60 Minutes, CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera among a number of other television programs. Dr. Corell is actively engaged in research concerned with the sciences of global change and the interface between science and public policy, particularly research activities that are focused on global and regional climate change, related environmental issues, and science to facilitate understanding of vulnerability and sustainable development. He co-chaired an international strategic planning group that is developing a strategy designed to harness science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development and served as the Chair of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment. Dr. Corell was Assistant Director for Geosciences at the National Science Foundation where he had oversight for the Atmospheric, Earth, and Ocean Sciences and the global change programs of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and was Chair of the United States Global Change Research Program reporting to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy.  He was also a professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire.  Dr. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer by background and training, having received Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees at Case Western Reserve University and MIT with has PhD graduate studies in oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has also held appointments at the Woods Hole Institution of Oceanography, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Washington, and Case Western Reserve University. He has published several dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters during the past decade, the most recent of which will be released in May: a section of the book on mid-century climate projections in “2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years” by Jorgen Randers.

He has testified numerous times before the US Senate and House of Representatives, been the keynote speaker and principal speaker at dozens of conferences, workshops, and briefings before government ministries and departments just during the past couple of years.