Radley Horton

Climate scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University

Why I'm Involved

Just increasing the average temperature a little bit can actually have a huge impact on how frequently we get extreme events. If you think of a basketball analogy it is like the equivalent of raising the floor of a basketball court by one foot without changing the height of the rims at all. You’re just going to get many more slam dunks in the form of costal flooding.

Radley Horton Ph.D.

About Radley Horton

Dr. Radley Horton is a climate scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University. His research interests include regional climate projections, sea level rise, extreme climate events, loss of Arctic sea ice and its implications, and adaptation to climate variability and change.

For NASA, Radley generates and presents regionally and locally downscaled climate projections, and co-generates climate impact and adaptation information through interaction with decision-makers during workshops for institutional stewards at NASA’s Centers. Radley is a Convening Lead Author for the Third National Climate Assessment, Northeast Chapter. He is also deputy to the Lead for NASA’s Climate Adaptation Science Investigator Working Group, charged with linking NASA’s science to its institutional stewardship.

He served as the Climate Science Lead for the New York City Panel on Climate Change, and is a Co-Lead for the NOAA-funded Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast. Radley is also the Columbia University lead for the Department of Interior-funded Northeast Climate Science Center.

Radley has co-led the development of a global research agenda in support of the United Nations Environmental Program’s Programme on Vulnerability, Impacts, and Adaptation (PROVIA) initiative.   Radley is also a Co-PI on an NSF funded Climate Change Education Partnership Project.

Radley also teaches in Columbia University’s Sustainable Development department.