Cynthia E. Rosenzweig

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Cynthia E. Rosenzweig
Alma mater

Rutgers University

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Scientific career
Institutions Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Thesis Potential effects of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide and climate change on thermal and water regimes affecting wheat and corn production in the Great Plains (1991)

Cynthia E. Rosenzweig (born c. 1958) is an American climatologist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, located at Columbia University, "who helped pioneer the study of climate change and agriculture."[1][2]

Education and academic career[edit]

Rosenzweig attended Cook College (at Rutgers) earning a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural sciences in 1980, and an MS in Soils and Crops from Rutgers University in 1983.[3] She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences in 1991.[3]

While at NASA and Columbia's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Rosenzweig has pioneered the study of climate change's impact on agriculture and human cities.[1] She has been involved in numerous working groups attempting to assess and establish plans for managing climate change, including:

  • Co-Chair, New York City Panel on Climate Change
  • Co-Leader, Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program
  • Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group II Fourth Assessment Report ("Observed Changes" chapter)
  • Member, IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenarios for Impact and Climate Assessment
  • Co-Editor, UCCRN First Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3).
  • Panel member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change.

Since 1993 Rosenzweig has headed NASA's "Climate Impacts" research group.[4] Her work with the IPCC Task Force on Data was recognized when the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Al Gore and the IPCC.[5]


An overview of Rosenzweig's research can be obtained at her Google Scholar profile.



  1. ^ a b Justin Gillis, "A Warming Planet Struggles to Feed Itself", New York Times, June 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Brumfiel, G.; Tollefson, J.; Hand, E.; Baker, M.; Cyranoski, D.; Shen, H.; Van Noorden, R.; Nosengo, N.; et al. (2012). "366 days: Nature's 10". Nature. 492 (7429): 335–343. Bibcode:2012Natur.492..335.. doi:10.1038/492335a. PMID 23257862. 
  3. ^ a b c "Cynthia Rosenzweig" (profile), NASA GISS (last visited Aug. 15, 2012).
  4. ^ "An Interview with Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig of NASA – Q&A with Anna Lappé", Take a Bite Out of Climate Change, Sept. 2008
  5. ^ "NASA Climate Change 'Peacemakers' Aided Nobel Effort", NASA Press Release, Dec. 17, 2007.
  6. ^ a b c NASA (GISS) (2011). "Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science". 
  7. ^ "Fellows American Association for the Advancement of Science". [permanent dead link]

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