Kelly Klima

Kelly Klima

Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University
Posner Hall 254C
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Email:kklima@andrew.cmu.edu

Phone: (412) 268-3705

Research Scientist at Engineering and Public Policy

Hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning and implementation; climate, energy, and environmental decision-making; decision analysis of methods to reduce damages from natural hazards; advancing innovative policy solutions; promoting STEM education

Education

  • CFM, Association of State Floodplain Managers, 2014.
  • Ph.D. (Engineering and Public Policy), Carnegie Mellon University, 2011.
  • M.S. (Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008.
  • M.S. (Aeronautics and Astronautics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005.
  • B.S. (Mechanical Engineering), California Institute of Technology, 2003.

Positions Held

  • Research Scientist, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2013-present
  • Climate Adaptation Policy Advisor, Center for Clean Air Policy, Washington, DC, 2012-2013
  • Post-Doc, Department of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2011-2012

Bio

Dr. Kelly Klima is a Research Scientist at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy of Carnegie Mellon University with over ten years of research experience on adaptation, hazard mitigation, climate, extreme weather, and risk communication. Her research work supports community resilience throughout the world, and has been applied in the City of Pittsburgh and counties in New Jersey. Previously, Dr. Klima worked at the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP), where she helped New York and Washington DC advance their adaptation planning. Dr. Klima completed her doctoral research in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) at Carnegie Mellon University where she used physics, economics, and social sciences to conduct a decision analytic assessment of different methods to reduce hurricane damages. She has published several journal articles, won multiple speaking awards including the AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award, is an active member of 9 professional societies, and serves on the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) Board of Directors and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Executive Council.

Selected honors and awards

  1. Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union, December 2010
  2. First Prize for Best Presentation, Technology, Management and Policy Consortium, June 2010

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Bradford, K.; Abrahams, L.; Hegglin, M.; Klima, K. A Heat Vulnerability Index and Adaptation Solutions for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In Review, Environmental Health Perspectives. 2014.
  • Klima, K.; Morgan, M.G. Ice Storm Frequencies in a Warmer Climate.  In Review, Climatic Change. 2014.
  • Lueken, R.; Klima, K.; Griffin, W.M.; Apt, J.  Why Should the USA Switch from Coal to Natural Gas?  In Review, Environmental Science & Technology 2014.
  • Hoss, F.; Klima, K.; Fischbeck, P. Ten Strategies to Systematically Exploit All Options to Cope with Anthropogenic Climate Change.  Accepted, Environment, Systems and Decisions. 2014.
  • Klima, K.; Jerolleman, A. Bridging the Gap: Hazard Mitigation in the Global Context.  Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 2014, 11 (2), pp. 209-216.
  • Klima, K.; Morgan, M.G. Thoughts on whether government should steer a tropical cyclone if it could. Journal of Risk Research, 2012, 15 (8), pp. 1013-1020.
  • Klima, K.; Lin, N.; Morgan, G.; Emanuel, K. Hurricane modification and adaptation  in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 45 (2), pp. 636-642.
  • Klima, K., Bruine de Bruin, W.; Morgan, M.G.; Grossmann, I. Public Perceptions of Hurricane Modification Techniques.  Risk Analysis, 2011, 32 (7), pp.1194-1206.
  • Klima, K., Morgan, M.G.; Grossmann, I.; Emanuel, K. Does it Make Sense to Modify Tropical Cyclones? A Decision Analytic Assessment. Environmental Science & Technology, 2011, 45 (10), pp 4242-4248.
  • Klima, K. Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense? A Decision-Analytic Perspective. CMU, 2011.
  • Klima, K. Effects of Variable Wind Stress on Ocean Heat Content. MIT, 2008.
  • Kim, Brian Y. et al. System for assessing Aviation’s Global Emissions (SAGE), Part 1: Model description and inventory results. Transportation Research, July 2007, 12D (5).
  • Kim, B., et al. SAGE Version 1.5: Global Aviation Emissions for 2000 through 2004. September 2005. FAA-EE-2005-02.
  • Kim, B., et al. SAGE Version 1.5: Validation, Assessment, Model Assumptions, and Uncertainties.” September 2005. FAA-EE-2005-03
  • Kim, B., et al. SAGE Version 1.5: System Revision History. September 2005. FAA-EE-2005-04.
  • Klima, K. Assessment of a Global Contrail Modeling Method and Operational Strategies for Contrail Mitigation. MIT, 2005.
  • Atherton, M.; Klima, K.; Plas, A. DC-9: A Case Study. MIT Course 16.885, 2004.

BOOK CHAPTERS AND REVIEWS

  • Klima, K. Public Perceptions of Global Warming Understanding differences between different surveys. In review at New Trends in Communicating Risk and Resilience: A multi-disciplinary approach to global environmental change, 2014.
  • Klima, K. Review of Clive Hamilton’s Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, November 2013.

PRESENTATIONS                 

  • Klima, K. Panelist. Building a Resilient Pittsburgh: A Community Forum on Climate Challenges and Opportunities.  Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Outreach, October 14, 2014. Invited.
  • Klima, K. Panelist. 2014 Student Energy Summit.  Carnegie Science Center, October 10, 2014.  Invited.
  • Klima, K.  Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, and Resilience in Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh Resilient Cities Planning Team Meeting, August 20, 2014. Invited.
  • Klima, K.; M.G. Morgan.   Historic and Future Ice Storms. Oak Ridge National Laboratory NEED Workshop, July 30, 2014.
  • Klima, K.; Argo, N. Takeaways from Adaptation in Pittsburgh. City of Pittsburgh, July 15, 2014.
  • Klima, K.; M.G. Morgan.  Historic and Future Ice Storms.  McGill University, March 21, 2014.
  • Klima, K.; M.G. Morgan.  Historic and Future Ice Storms.  Penn State, March 21, 2014.
  • Klima, K.  What should we research next for climate adaptation?  American Society of Adaptation Professionals, Jan 21, 2014.
  • Klima, K. Vulnerability studies and integrated assessments for hazard risk reduction in Pittsburgh, PA. AGU Fall Meeting, 2013.  Invited.
  • Klima, K. Panelist, Exploring Careers in Natural Hazards. AGU Fall Meeting, 2013.  Invited.
  • Klima, K.; Hoss, F.; Welle, P. Summer Center for Climate, Energy, and Environmental Decision Making (SUCCEED). AGU Fall Meeting, 2013.
  • English, E.; Klima, K. Breaking Down Silos: Adaptation Resources Relevant to Flood Professionals. Association of State Flood Plan Managers, 2013.
  • Klima, K.; Jerolleman, A. Integrating adaptation in hazard mitigation planning efforts. US Environmental Protection Agency Webinar: Attracting Funding for Adaptation, May 1, 2013. Invited.
  • Klima, K.  Extreme Weather Trends, Climate Science, and Public Opinion.  Rochester Institute of Technology, April 8, 2013.
  • Klima, K. What is Hazard Mitigation? National Adaptation Forum, 2013.
  • Klima, K.; Winkelman, S. Weathering Climate Risks: Advancing Corporate and Community Resilience. Poster, Disasters & Environment: Science, Preparedness, & Resilience 2013.
  • Klima, K.; Thomas, E. Climate Adaptation and Emergency Management. International Disaster Conference and Expo, 2013. Invited.
  • Klima, K.; Winkelman, S. Weathering Climate Risks: Advancing Corporate and Community Resilience. Poster, Natural Hazards Annual Meeting 2012.
  • Klima, K.; Winkelman, S. Weathering Climate Risks: Advancing Corporate and Community Resilience. The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, 2012. Invited.
  • Klima, K.; Winkelman, S. Weathering Climate Risks: Advancing Corporate and Community Resilience. AGU Fall Meeting, 2012.
  • Klima, K.; Lin, N.; Emanuel, K.; Morgan, G.; Grossman, I.  Hurricane modification and adaptation in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  AGU Fall Meeting, December 2012.
  • Klima, K.; Lin, N.; Emanuel, K.; Morgan, G.; Grossman, I.  Hurricane modification and adaptation in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  AGU Science Policy Conference, June 2012.
  • Klima, K. Weathering Climate Risks: Advancing Corporate and Community Resilience.  Environmental Protection Agency, June 12, 2012.
  • Klima, K.  Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense?  A Decision-Analytic Perspective. AIR Worldwide, March 12, 2012.
  • Klima, K., I. Grossman, M.G. Morgan. D Tropical Cyclone Modification: Decision-Analysis and Public Perceptions. Scientists and Engineers for America, 2011.
  • Klima, K.  Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense?  A Decision-Analytic Perspective. SwissRe, October 5, 2011.
  • Klima, K.  Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense?  A Decision-Analytic Perspective. Natural Hazards Annual Workshop, July 2011. Invited.
  • Klima, K.  Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense?  A Decision-Analytic Perspective. Chevron, June, 15 2011.
  • Klima, K., I. Grossman, M.G. Morgan. Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense? A Decision Analytic Perspective. AGU Fall Meeting, 2010.
  • Klima, K., I. Grossman, M.G. Morgan. Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense? A Decision Analytic Perspective. AGU Fall Meeting, 2010.   Technology, Management and Policy Consortium, 2010.
  • Klima, K., I. Grossman, M.G. Morgan. Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense? A Decision Analytic Perspective. AGU Fall Meeting, 2009.
  • Klima, K., I. Waitz. Assessment of a Global Contrail Modeling Method.  Oral presentation, TAC Conference Proceedings 2006.

PANEL MODERATOR         

  • Klima, K.; Lindquist, E.; Ludwig, K.; Hankin, E.  Moderator & Convener. Exploring the Roles of Science, Communication, and Education throughout the Disaster Lifecycle. AGU Fall Meeting, December, 2014.
  • Klima, K.  Integrating Climate Adaptation into Planning. Moderator & Convener. 39th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, June 23, 2014.
  • Klima, K.  Disaster Preparedness: Communicating Risk. Moderator. AGU Science Policy Conference, June 16, 2014.
  • Klima, K.; St. John, C. Moderator & Convener. Integrated Approach to the Extreme Natural Hazard Events and Global Environmental Change Assessment. AGU Fall Meeting, December 12, 2013.
  • Klima, K.  Incorporating Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation into Local Planning. Moderator & Convener. Natural Hazard Mitigation Association Stakeholder Workshop, July 17, 2013.
  • Klima, K.  The Overlap Between Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation. Moderator & Convener. Natural Hazard Mitigation Association Stakeholder Workshop, July 16, 2013.
  • Klima, K.  The Science of Recent Severe Weather Events. AGU Science Policy Conference, June 25, 2013.
  • Klima, K.  Tapping Other Resources: Linking Adaptation and Hazard Mitigation Communities. Moderator & Convener. European Climate Change Adaptation Conference, March 18, 2013.
  • Klima, K.  Incorporating Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation into Local Planning. Moderator & Convener. National Adaptation Forum, April 3, 2013.
  • Klima, K.  The Overlap Between Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation. Moderator & Convener. National Adaptation Forum, April 2, 2013.
  • Kontar, Y.A.; Santiago-Fandi, V.; Koshimura, S.; Klima, K. Convener. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Recent Natural Hazards: Ecological and Societal Significance. AGU Fall Meeting, December, 2012.
  • Klima, K.; Azevedo, I. Interdisciplinary Strategies for Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Management. AGU Fall Meeting, December, 2011.

LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE

  • Journal Article Reviewer: Energy for Sustainable Development; Environmental Science and
  • Technology; Environment, Systems, and Decisions; Global Environmental Change; Michigan Academician; PLOS ONE; Renewable & Sustainable Energy; Risk Analysis; Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy; Tropical Cyclone Research and Review
  • Conference Organizer: 2014 International Hazard Mitigation Practitioners’ Symposium; 2014
  • AGU Science Policy Conference; 2013 International Hazard Mitigation Practitioners’
  • Symposium; 2013 AGU Science Policy Conference
  • Conference Session Organizer: Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop;
  • 14th National Conference on and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment: Building Climate Solutions; AGU Fall Meeting 2013; 2013 International Hazard Mitigation Practitioners’ Symposium; National Adaptation Forum, 2013; European Climate Change Adaptation Conference, 2013; AGU Fall Meeting 2012; AGU Fall Meeting 2011
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Board of Directors, 2015-present       
  • Advisory Board, City of Pittsburgh Resilience Planning Team (2014-present)
  • National Academy of Sciences’ Science & Engineering Ambassador Program Strategic Planning
  • Task Force (2014-present)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Executive Council Early Career Scientist, 2013-2014.
  • CMU SUmmer Center for Climate, Energy, and Environmental Decision Making (SUCCEED),
  • Staff Advisor, 2013-present
  • The Energy Collective, Advisory Board, 2013-present           
  • Resolve/ NRDC Climate Resilience Organizing Committee, 2013-present
  • Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA), Board of Directors, 2012- present
  • NHMA, Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Committee Chair, 2012- present
  • AGU Natural Hazard Executive Committee, 2010-2012
  • CMU SUmmer Center for Climate, Energy, and Environmental Decision Making (SUCCEED),
  • PhD Director, 2011
  • CMU Chapter of Scientists and Engineers for America, Executive board, founding member,
  • 2009-2011                  
  • Human Services Volleyball League, North Side YMCA, and others, Captain, 2009  
  • CMU Graduate Student Assembly, Vice President of Campus Affairs, 2009 - 2010
  • MIT Residential Life Programs, Graduate Coordinator, 2005 - 2008
  • Caltech Residential Life Programs, Upper Class Counselor, 2002 - 2003
  • Caltech, Health Advocate, 2001 – 2003

INVITED CLASSROOM LECTURES

  • Klima, K. Climate Change Problems and Solutions. University of Pittsburgh, October 1, 2014.
  • Klima, K.  Climate Change Problems and Solutions. Carnegie Mellon University, 39-610: Energy Conversion and Supply, September 18, 2014.
  • Klima, K. Climate Change Problems and Solutions. University of Pittsburgh, June 2, 2014.
  • Klima, K.  What is climate adaptation?  Millersville University, March 4, 2014.
  • Klima, K.  Climate Change Problems and Solutions. Carnegie Mellon University, 19443/19655: Sustainable Energy for the Developing World, February 14, 2014.
  • Klima, K.  Climate Models.  Carnegie Mellon University, 19443: Climate, change, impacts and adaptation, February 27, 2011.
  • Klima, K. How can we best reduce damages from Natural Hazards? Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy, March 9, 2010.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • University Classes: 19.648/ 12.765 International Climate Adaptation and Innovation for Critical
  • Infrastructure, 2014; 19451/88451 Adaptation in Pittsburgh, Lecturer, 2014.
  • University Substitute Lecturer: 12704/24704: Probability and Estimation Methods for
  • Engineering Systems; 19705: Workshop Applied Policy Analysis; 12651/12751/19751: Air Quality Engineering; 70376: Energy Systems
  • K-12 Outreach: ASSET Training (with Ines Azevedo). ASSET, 2014; Renewable Energy and
  • Wind Turbine Lab. SEE, 2014; Sources of reliable information.  SUCCEED, 2014; Sources of reliable information.  SUCCEED, 2014; Extreme Weather.  SUCCEED, 2014; Extreme Weather, Climate Science, and Public Opinion. C-Mites, 2013; Sources of reliable information.  SUCCEED, 2013.
  • Project Manager: Undergraduate Historical Footprint of Pittsburgh Projects Course. 2010.

MENTORING EXPERIENCE

  • Thesis Advisor:  Frauke Hoss (with Paul Fischbeck), 2014; Samuel Markolf (with Chris
  • Hendrickson), 2014.
  • Research with: Roger Lueken (with Jay Apt, W. Michael Griffin), 2013.
  • Supervised summer or semester work: Kathryn Bradford, 2014; Xiyu Wang (with Alex
  • Davis), 2014; Sabrina Larken (with Judith Hallinen), 2013; Supervised summer work of Asha Nurse (with Ian Wait

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