Michael MacCracken

Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs

Climate Institute, Washington D.C.

Speaking At:
Climate Preparedness: What We Know (Moderator)
17 June 2014 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: 145B
Topic: Climate Change

Dr. Michael MacCracken has been Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs with the Climate Institute in Washington D.C. since retiring from the University of California in October 2002. His current research interests include human-induced climate change and consequent impacts, climate engineering, and the beneficial effects of limiting emissions of non-CO2 greenhouse gases. From 1968-93 he led studies at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory using computer models to evaluate the climatic effects of volcanic aerosols, land-cover change, nuclear war, and the increasing CO2 concentration. From 1993-97, he served as the first executive director of the interagency Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and then from 1997-2001 as executive director of the National Assessment Coordination Office. He has also served as president of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (2003-07) and as an integration team member for the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (2002-04). His legal declaration on standing based on the impacts of climate change on the United States was cited favorably by Justice Stevens in his majority opinion in the April 2007 landmark Supreme Court decision in Massachusetts et al. versus EPA. Mike’s undergraduate degree is from Princeton University and Ph.D. from the University of California Davis.