John Walsh

John Walsh is the Chief Scientist of the International Research Center and President’s Professor of Global Change at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He is also the Co-Director of the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy. His research has addressed Arctic climate and weather in the context of global change. Particular interests include extreme events in the Arctic, including their impacts and attribution. Walsh was a lead author for the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment and for the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  He currently is a co-lead of the Climate Expert Group of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme. He has authored a textbook, Severe and Hazardous Weather. Walsh received a B.A. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1974. Before joining the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2001, he was on the faculty of the University of Illinois.

Affiliation: University of Alaska, Fairbanks


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