SERDP researcher, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, was named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people, a list that includes other notable names such as Jeff Bezos, David and Charles Koch, and Hillary Clinton. Dr. Hayhoe, a climate scientist from Texas Tech University, is a co-Principal Investigator (PI) on a SERDP-funded project to develop tools and supporting information needed to assess the potential impacts of climate change on DoD installations.

Dr. Hayhoe, working together with lead PI, Dr. Veerabhadra Kotamarthi of Argonne National Laboratory, will generate data sets, tools, and preliminary assessments of vulnerabilities to climate change for ten DoD installations. By generating high-resolution projections and assessing associated uncertainty at specific pilot locations, the researchers will provide essential input for planning for changing local environments that might affect DoD facilities and installations. The project also will provide a comprehensive summary of current climate and weather data used for day-to-day operations and long-term planning activities at DoD installations. The methodology, observational data sets, and model products will assist DoD with developing informed policies for addressing and adapting to future change.

In addition to her work supporting SERDP, Dr. Hayhoe and her husband, Andrew Farley, an evangelical pastor, have authored a book, A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. Most recently, she has been featured on Showtime’s landmark climate series, Years Of Living Dangerously. Dr. Hayhoe is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, part of the Department of Interior’s South-Central Climate Science Center. Her research focuses on establishing a scientific basis for assessing the regional to local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the natural environment. Her work has resulted in over 100 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and other publications and many key reports including the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Second National Climate Assessment; the U.S. National Academy of Science report, Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia; and the recently released 2014 Third National Climate Assessment.