Richard H. Moss is a Senior Staff Scientist with the PNNL Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland and Visiting Senior Research Scientist at Maryland's Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center. His research interests include development and use of scenarios, characterization and communication of uncertainty, and adaptation and vulnerability to climate change. He chairs the US National Academy of Science's standing committee on the "human dimensions" of global environmental change and serves on the editorial board of Climatic Change. Moss is active in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and currently serves as a review editor for the Fifth Assessment Report.
Previously Moss served as Director of the Office of the US Global Change Research Program/Climate Change Science Program (2000-06), Head of Technical Support Unit for the IPCC impacts, adaptation, and mitigation working group (1993-99), and on the faculty of Princeton University (1989-91). During a business leave of absence from 2006-2009, he served as Vice President/Managing Director for Climate Change at WWF and Senior Director for Energy and Climate at the U.N. Foundation.
Moss has been a lead author or editor of a number of assessments, reports, and research papers. He led preparation of the US government's 10-year climate change research plan (2003) for which he was awarded DOE's "Distinguished Associate" award. He was Co-Chair of the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impacts and Climate Assessment (2002-2011). He was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2006 and a fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in 2001. He received an M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University (Public and International Affairs) and his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, MN.