Kate Ricke

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I am a climate change scientist that integrates tools from the physical and social sciences to analyze climate policy problems. Central to my work is accounting for uncertainty and heterogeneity—both in the effects of climate change and in preferences for how to address them.

My research combines quantitative modeling and large data set analysis techniques applied to physical and social systems.  My training is multi-disciplinary, and I have collaborated and published with physicists, engineers, geochemists, economists and political scientists.

I've worked on topics ranging from the regional climate effects and international relations implications of solar geoengineering, to decadal climate variability’s influence on international climate agreements. I've assessed uncertainty in phenomena including ocean acidification’s effects on coral reefs and the the warming effect from an emission of carbon dioxide today.

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of California - San Diego, with appointments in the School of Global Policy and Strategy and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. I am a graduate of the PhD program in Engineering & Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and received my BS in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, with a minor in Public Policy, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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