NASA Creates Senior Climate Advisor Position


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Maxwell Bernstein | February 5, 2021

Gavin Schmidt, the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, will serve as NASA’s first senior climate advisor according to a NASA press release.  This role is intended to effectively fulfill the Biden Administration’s climate science objectives for NASA.

This position was created to help fulfill the Biden administration’s push to integrate climate policy and science throughout the federal government, according to Scientific American. Gavin Schmidt is an expert in climate modeling where he has authored or co-authored over 150 research papers. He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

As the senior climate advisor, NASA specified that he will work to:

  • “Promote and engage in climate-related investments in the Science Mission Directorate’s Earth Science Division.”
  • “Promote aeronautics and other technology initiatives focused on reducing carbon dioxide emissions and broad climate impacts.”
  • “Demonstrate and communicate the societal impacts and breadth of NASA investments related to climate.”
  • “Foster communication and coordination within and outside the science community at NASA.”
  • “Actively engage in amplifying the agency’s climate-related research and technological development.”

NASA Chief of Staff Bhavya Lal said in the press release, “The appointment of Gavin Schmidt will help ensure that the Biden Administration has the crucial data to implement and track its plan toward the path to achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050, and a healthier, safer, more prosperous planet for our children.”