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Linda Mearns is a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and Director of the Institute for the Study of Society and Environment (ISSE).
She holds a Ph.D. in Geography/Climatology from UCLA.
Linda Mearns has performed research and published in the areas of crop-climate interactions, climate change scenario formation, climate change impacts on agro-ecosystems, and analysis of climate variability and extreme climate events in both observations and and climate models. She has particularly worked extensively with regional climate models. She has published papers on exploring the effect of different spatial scales of climate change scenarios on determination of agricultural impacts of climate change.
Her current projects include: an international program that will serve the high resolution climate scenario needs of both the United States and Canada (NSF), an Integrated Assessment of Environmental Problems on the North Slope of Alaska (NSF), Climate Change Effects on Crops in the Yangtze River Area of China (NASA), and Uncertainty in Datasets used for Agricultural Assessments (NSF-MMIA). She served on the National Academy Panel on Climate, Ecosystems, Infectious Diseases, and Human Health, March 1999-June 2001 and currently serves on the Institute of Medicine Panel on Emerging Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century. She also leads the NCAR Weather and Climate Impacts Assessment Science Initiative, which includes plans to form a climate/health research and educational program.