Observed and Projected Climate
for North America
Dr. Easterling is currently Chief of the Scientific Services Division at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987 and served as an Assistant Professor in the Atmospheric Sciences Program, Indiana University-Bloomington from 1987 to 1990. In 1990 he moved to the National Climatic Data Center as a research scientist, was appointed Principal Scientist in 1999, and Chief of Scientific Services in 2002. He has authored or co-authored more than seventy-five research articles on climate change issues in journals such as Science, Nature and the Journal of Climate. Dr. Easterling was a Lead Author for the recently released Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report, a Convening Lead Author for the U.S. Climate Change Science Plan (CCSP) Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) 3.3 on Climate Extremes and was a Contributing Author to the IPCC Second and Third Assessment Reports. His research interests include the detection of climate change in the observed record, particularly changes in extreme climate events and the assessment of climate model simulations for changes in extreme climate events.