Kate Calvin, NASA

With climate change a clear and present threat to society and human health, Dean Lloyd Minor welcomes NASA’s Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor Dr. Kate Calvin to examine the relationship between human development and our global resources. Together, they break down climate change’s human impact, explore NASA’s role in studying the planet, and identify the traits and strategies that enable leaders to overcome large-scale challenges.

Meet Kate Calvin

Dr. Kate Calvin was appointed as NASA’s Chief Scientist and Senior Climate Advisor on Jan. 10, 2022.  In this role, Calvin advises NASA leadership on the agency's science programs and strategic planning and investments as well as provides recommendations for the agency’s climate-related science, technology, and infrastructure programs.

Her work focuses on exploring and analyzing the relationships between human and Earth systems in the context of global climate change and using those systems to look at the past, present, and future state of the planet. Her research simulates the interaction between global resources, focusing on the impact of land, water, energy use, and politics through an environmental and socioeconomic lens. 

She has also contributed to the third U.S. National Climate Assessment as well as two special reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, with two more reports scheduled for publication in 2022.

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