Dr. Gavin A. Schmidt

Gavin Schmidt

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As the Director of GISS and Principal Investigator for the GISS ModelE Earth System Model, I am interested in understanding past, present and future climate and the impacts of multiple drivers of climate change, including solar irradiance, atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, and greenhouse gases. My specific research interests are outlined in more detail here.

From Feb 2021 to Jan 2022, I was the acting Senior Advisor on Climate to the NASA Administrator.

Media and Outreach


The Stephen Schneider Keynote Lecture at AGU (2013): What should a climate scientist advocate for? (YouTube video)

I was fortunate to be awarded the Inaugural AGU Climate Communication Prize in 2011. (AGU Press release, NASA press release)

I was also named EarthSky Science Communicator of the year in 2011. (EarthSky release, podcast)

Online resources:

Climate modeling
Ted Talk
Climate change
Climate Policy and Climate Communication

Press releases:

Science Briefs:

Books and Book Chapters:

Book Reviews:

Science Fiction:

  • Under the Sun (2018) What happens if a paleo-climatologist finds something unexpected in their Paleocene samples? (not an official NASA product!)

Chaired Workshops

  • "Using paleo-climate model/data comparisons to constrain future projections" workshop. Information can be found at the CLIVAR/PAGES workshop website. (Information related to the CMEP conference on analysis of the CMIP5 simulations is available here).
  • "First International workshop on Climate Informatics" was held in August 2011 at the New York Academy of Sciences. Information and presentations can be found on the workshop Google pages.
  • "AR5 Science Workshop" was held on Nov 17-19, 2008 in New York City. Information can be found here. (Final report)
  • "The Leverhulme Climate Symposium 2008 - Earth’s Climate: Past, Present and Future", workshop report Improving future climate prediction using palaeoclimate data by Henderson et al. (2009).

Community Activities


NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University
2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 USA

Tel: (212) 678 5627
Twitter: @ClimateOfGavin (note this is not an offical NASA account).
Email: Gavin.A.Schmidt-at-nasa.gov *

*Please note that emails sent to government addresses may be subject to disclosure under FOIA and that you should have no expectation of privacy. If you want to contact me in a non-official capacity, please do so via my columbia email. (Replace the -at- with the @ sign).