Richard H. Moss is a senior scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute, located at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.
Moss’s research focuses on two issues at the intersection of global environmental change and decision support science: understanding how individuals and organizations use scientific information about climate change and other environmental phenomena in making decisions; and tailoring research products to better support climate adaptation and mitigation analysis and decision making. His past and ongoing research includes (1) characterizing and communicating uncertainty to increase the usability of scientific assessments and to guide and apply results from integrated models; (2) quantitative and qualitative indicators of vulnerability at scales from national – to support international policy – to local – to support community resilience planning; (3) climate and socioeconomic scenarios for research, assessment, and decision support, including the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) and ongoing work to integrate scientific scenarios and participatory scenario planning; and (4) research assessing vulnerability to environmental change of facilities dependent upon complex configurations of natural and built infrastructure.
Moss has held several public service positions at the science-policy interface, including as Director of the US Global Change Research Program Office (spanning the Clinton and G.W. Bush Administrations). He has served as a technical support director, author, and review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as well as chair of the IPCC task group on scenarios. He was director of climate and energy programs at the World Wildlife Fund and the UN Foundation. He also played multiple roles for the recent US National Climate Assessment (NCA), including as chair of the NCA scenarios working group, co-convening lead author of the decision support resources chapter, and lead author of a special report that provided recommendations on the next phases of the sustained NCA process. Moss chairs the National Academy of Science Board on Environmental Change and Society. He received his doctoral and master’s degrees from Princeton University in public policy, and his B.A. from Carleton College. He is a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program.