The Climate Prospectus team is a unique interdisciplinary group of climate scientists, econometricians and private sector risk analysts. Robert Kopp (Rutgers) leads the science team in developing physical climate projections. Sol Hsiang (UC Berkeley) leads the econometric research team in producing evidenced-based impact estimates. Robert Muir-Wood and Paul Wilson of Risk Management Solutions, Inc. (RMS) provide detailed modeling of coastal damages. Energy sector modeling, integrated economic analysis and overall project management is provided by Rhodium Group.
Robert Kopp is Associate Director of the Rutgers Energy Institute at and an Associate Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. Dr. Kopp’s research centers on uncertainty in the geological records of past climates and in projections of future climate change. Dr. Kopp is the research lead for the physical climate projections for the American Climate Prospectus.
DJ Rasmussen is a scientific programmer with expertise in weather, climate, and air pollution. Mr. Rasmussen uses computational models to study climate, climate change, risk management, and air quality. He previously held a research appointment at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. He contributed to the physical climate projection work for the Risky Business project. He has a MS in civil and environmental engineering.
Near Zero / Carnegie Institution for Science
Michael Mastrandrea is Co-Director of Near Zero and Director of the Near Zero Program at the Carnegie Institution for Science on Stanford University’s campus. Near Zero produces scientific assessments of energy and climate issues, using online tools to engage experts on the best opportunities for progress toward near-zero emissions based on scientific data, modeling, and expert judgment. Mr. Mastrandrea worked for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 2009 to 2015.
Physical Climate Projections
Risk Management Solutions, Inc.
Dr. Robert Muir-Wood is a British scientist, natural disaster expert and published author. He is the chief research officer of world-leading catastrophe risk management firm, RMS, where he works to advance natural catastrophe modeling and investigate emerging catastrophe risks. Over the last 20 years, Dr. Muir-Wood has developed catastrophe models for hurricane, earthquake, tropical cyclone, windstorm and flood. He was on the team awarded The Nobel Peace Prize 2007 for his work with Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Risk Management Solutions, Inc.
Dr. Paul Wilson is a Senior Director in the RMS model development team leading the ongoing development of the RMS North Atlantic Hurricane and Storm Surge Models. Paul has a MSc. in Physics and a Ph. D. in Atmospheric Physics both from Imperial College London where his research focused on the application of extreme value statistics in the climate system and the impact of long‐ranged correlations on extreme events.
Detailed Sectoral Models
University of California Berkeley
Solomon Hsiang is the Chancellor’s Associate Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Hsiang is at the forefront of using econometrics to understand the social impact of climate change and his research has been published in Science, Nature, and PNAS. He served as a contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Dr. Hsiang is the Lead Economist for the American Climate Prospectus.
University of Chicago
Amir Jina is a Postdoctoral Scholar in Economics at the University of Chicago and a Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). His research focuses on climate impacts in developing countries, using methods from economics, climate science, and ecology. He has conducted field research with rural communities in India and Bangladesh, and spent time with the South Asian Red Cross Federation working on climate adaptation.
James Rising is a fourth-year student in the PhD program in Sustainable Development. Mr. Rising studies and develops frameworks to model the feedback loops between environmental and human systems. He hopes to use new technologies to help communities act on those insights to mitigate climate change and promote social justice. Mr. Rising is part of the research team for the Risky Business project.
Michael Delgado is a quantitative analyst on Rhodium Group’s energy and natural resources team. Mr. Delgado specializes in using and developing quantitative tools for climate and energy market and policy analysis. He has a Master’s degree from Stanford University from the Earth Systems program, where he focused on energy policy analysis using economics and operations research.
Shashank Mohan leads the development and management of RHG’s suite of economic models and other quantitative tools. Prior to RHG, Mr. Mohan worked with Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the World Bank and was a program assistant at the South Asia Institute. His background is in information technology, with a previous career in software engineering at Microsoft.
Integrated Economic Analysis
Kate Larsen is a Director at the Rhodium Group, managing the firm’s work on domestic and international climate change issues. Ms. Larsen has 15 years of experience working with business, academic and government leaders to find solutions to the climate and energy challenges facing the U.S. Most recently, she was Deputy Associate Director for Energy and Climate Change at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and a senior negotiator at the US Department of State. She has also worked at the International Energy Agency in Paris and the World Resources Institute in Washington.
Trevor Houser is partner at the Rhodium Group, where he leads the firm’s energy and natural resources work. Mr. Houser is also a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and serves on the US Trade Representative’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee (TEPAC). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on US-China Relations and serves on the Advisory Board of Center for US-China Relations at the Asia Society. During 2009, he served as senior advisor to the US State Department, where he worked on a broad range of international energy and environmental policy issues.