Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University

Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig's primary research involves the development of interdisciplinary methodologies by which to assess the potential impacts of and adaptations to global environmental change. She has joined impact models with global climate models (GCMs) to predict future outcomes of both land-based and urban systems under altered climate conditions. Advances include the development of climate change scenarios for impact analysis, and the application of impact models at relevant spatial and temporal scales for regional and national assessments. Recognizing that the complex interactions engendered by global environmental change can best be understood by coordinated teams of experts, Dr. Rosenzweig has organized and led large-scale interdisciplinary, national, and international studies of climate change impacts and adaptation. She is the Co-Leader of the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. She leads the Climate Impacts research group at the Goddard Institute of Space Studies, whose mission is to investigate the interactions of climate (both variability and change) on systems and sectors important to human well-being.


Ph.D. Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Massachusetts, 1991

M.S. Soils and Crops, Rutgers University, 1983

B.S. Agricultural Sciences, Cook College (Highest Honors), 1980


1999- Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science, Barnard College

1998- Senior Research Scientist, Columbia University

1994- Research Scientist, Goddard Institute for Space Studies

1994-98 Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University

1993-99 Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Science, Barnard College

Selected Professional Presentations:

Rosenzweig, Cynthia. 2002. Climate Extremes and Change: Decision-Making in the New York Metropolitan Region. Metropolitan East Coast Assessment Decision-Makers Conference.

Rosenzweig, Cynthia. 2001. Assessing the Assessments. Invited Plenary Talk. Association of American Geographers. New York, NY.

Rosenzweig, Cynthia. 2000. Climate and Health in New York. Challenges of Emerging Illness in Urban Environments. Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The NY Academy of Medicine.

Rosenzweig, Cynthia. 2000. The Impact of Climate Change on a Global City. Science and Technology Policy Forum. New York Academy of Sciences. New York, NY.

Rosenzweig, Cynthia. 1999. Keeping Cool Heads in a Hothouse World: Climate Change in NY City. American Museum of Natural History. Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Rosenzweig, Cynthia. 1998. Environmental Impacts of a Changing Climate on New York State Resources: Coastal Zones, Agriculture, Ecosystems, Water, and Urban Issues. Climate Change and New York State: Gaining the Competitive Edge. Center for Environmental Information, Albany, NY.

Publications Relevant to Global Environmental Change:

Rosenzweig, C., F.N. Tubiello, R. Goldberg, and J. Bloomfield. 2002. Increased crop damage in the U.S. from excess precipitation under climate change. Global Env. Change (in press).

Tubiello, F.N., C. Rosenzweig, R.A. Goldberg, S. Jagtap, and J.W. Jones. 2002. Effects of

climate change on U.S. crop production: Results from the U.S. National Assessment. Part I:

Wheat, potato, corn, and citrus. Climate Research (in press).

Rosenzweig, C. and W.D. Solecki.(eds.) 2001. The Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program. Washington, DC.

Rosenzweig, C. and W.D. Solecki. 2001 Climate Change and a Global City: The New York Metropolitan Regional Assessment. Environment 43(3):8-18.

Rosenzweig, C. and D. Hillel. 2000. Soils and global climate change: challenges and opportunities. Millennium Issue Soil Science 165(1):47-56.

Rosenzweig, C. and D. Hillel. 1998. Climate Change and the Global Harvest: Potential Impacts of the Greenhouse Effect on Agriculture. Oxford University Press. New York. 324 pp.

Other Significant Publications:

Wannebo, A. and C. Rosenzweig, C. 2002. Using remote sensing to identify agricultural areas in the U.S. Cornbelt sensitive to the El Nino Southern Oscillation phenomenon. International Journal of Remote Sensing (in press).

Hillel, D. and C. Rosenzweig. 2002. Desertification and its relation to climate variability and change. Advances in Agronomy 77:1-38.

Parry, M.L, N. Arnell, T. McMichael, R. Nicholls, P. Martens, S. Kovats, M. Livermore, C. Rosenzweig, A. Iglesias and G. Fischer. 2001. Defining critical climate change threats and targets. Global Environmental Change.

Iglesias, A. and C. Rosenzweig. 2000. Valor de la prediccion climatica en la Gerencia de Riesgos

y los Seguros. Gerencia de Riesgos y Seguros 18:71:35-53.

Rosenzweig, C. and D. Hillel. 1999. Climate and Biosphere. National Forum 79(2):23-27.

Parry, M., C. Rosenzweig, A. Iglesias, G. Fischer, and M. Livermore. 1999. Climate change and world food security: A new assessment. Global Environmental Change 9:S51-S67.

Selected Professional Associations and Service: AAAS Symposium Organizer 1999. El Nino 1997-1998: Predictions, Impacts, and Lessons. Anaheim, CA; Agricultural and Forest Meteorology Editorial Board (1994-1997); American Museum of Natural History, Consultant on Climate Change Exhibit (1991-2); American Society of Agronomy Women in Agronomy Com., Chair (1997- ); Climate Institute Environmental Refugee Assessment, Advisory Com. (1993-1994), Board of Advisors (1998- ); Climatic Change Editorial Board (1994- ); Cons. for International Earth Science Info. Network (CIESIN), User Working Grp. (1993- ); Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Principal Lead Author, Working Group II (Impacts), Task Group on Climate Scenarios, IPCC Third Assessment (1997- ); International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, U.S. Committee (1999-); IRI for Climate Prediction, Co-Chair Scientific Advisory for Agricultural Applications Program (1998-2000); Social Science Res. Council, Com. for Research on Global Environmental Change (1993-96); START Climate Prediction and Agriculture (CLIMAG) Steering Group (2000- ); U.S. National Academy of Sciences, NRC, The Interaction between Population Growth and Land-Use Change in China, India, and the United States, a joint project of the Nat. Academies of Science of U.S., China, and India. Member Scientific Advisory Panel (1996-2001).