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

Climate, extreme weather, energy; adaptation, hazard mitigation, and greenhouse gas mitigation; decision analysis, communications, and outreach.

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 the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University focusing on climate, extreme weather, energy, communications, and outreach. She has published several journal articles and won multiple speaking awards including the AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award. She is an active member of 10 professional societies, and serves on the American Geophysical Union Executive Council and the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association Board of Directors. In addition to research, Dr. Klima founded SUCCEED: The Summer Center for Climate, Energy, and Environment Decision-Making, a 5-day program designed to complement what 9th grade students have studied in school and provide them with opportunities to expand their understanding of energy, the environment, and how those relate to climate change. Dr. Klima has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy (CMU), an M.S. in Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Science (MIT), an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MIT), a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Caltech), and a CFM from the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

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

Selected Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Klima. Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense? A Decision-Analytic Perspective. CMU, 2011.
  6. Klima. Effects of Variable Wind Stress on Ocean Heat Content. MIT, 2008.
  7. 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).
  8. Kim, B., et al. SAGE Version 1.5: Global Aviation Emissions for 2000 through 2004. September 2005. FAA-EE-2005-02.
  9. Kim, B., et al. SAGE Version 1.5: Validation, Assessment, Model Assumptions, and Uncertainties.” September 2005. FAA-EE-2005-03.
  10. Kim, B., et al. SAGE Version 1.5: System Revision History. September 2005. FAA-EE-2005-04.
  11. Klima. Assessment of a Global Contrail Modeling Method and Operational Strategies for Contrail Mitigation. MIT, 2005.
  12. Atherton, Klima, Plas. DC-9: A Case Study. MIT Course 16.885, 2004.

Presentations

  1. Klima, K. Extreme Weather Trends, Climate Science, and Public Opinion. Oral presentation, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2013.
  2. Klima, K. What is Hazard Mitigation? Oral presentation, National Adaptation Forum, 2013.
  3. Klima, K.; Thomas, E. Climate Adaptation and Emergency Management. Oral presentation, International Disaster Conference and Expo, 2013.
  4. Klima, K.; Winkelman, S. Weathering Climate Risks: Advancing Corporate and Community Resilience. Poster, Natural Hazards Annual Meeting 2012. Poster, Disasters & Environment: Science, Preparedness, & Resilience 2013.
  5. Klima, K.; Winkelman, S. Weathering Climate Risks: Advancing Corporate and Community Resilience. Oral presentation, The Mediterranean City: A Conference on Climate Change Adaptation, 2012. Oral Presentation, AGU Fall Meeting, 2012.
  6. Klima, K.; Lin, N.; Emanuel, K.; Morgan, G.; Grossman, I. Hurricane modification and adaptation in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Poster, AGU Science Policy Conference, 2012. Poster, AGU Fall Meeting, 2012.
  7. Klima, K., I. Grossman, M.G. Morgan. Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense? A Decision Analytic Perspective. Oral presentation, AGU Fall Meeting, 2010 (Awarded Outstanding Student Paper Award). Oral presentation, Technology, Management and Policy Consortium, 2010. (Awarded first prize for Best Presentation.)
  8. Klima, K., I. Grossman, M.G. Morgan. Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense? A Decision Analytic Perspective. Poster, AGU Fall Meeting, 2009.
  9. Klima, K., I. Waitz. Assessment of a Global Contrail Modeling Method. Oral presentation, TAC Conference Proceedings 2006.

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