James Kossin, PhD
Atmospheric Research Scientist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
Center for Weather and Climate, Madison, Wisconsin
NOAA Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Jim Kossin is a climate scientist in NOAA's Center for Weather and Climate, which is part of the
National Centers for Environmental Information. He also serves as an Honorary Research Fellow at the
NOAA Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, in Madison, WI where he is stationed, as
an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Madison,
and as an Affiliate Member in the Center for Climatic Research, which is part of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
His research focuses on extreme storms, in particular tropical cyclones (hurricanes, typhoons), and their relationships with climate
and climate change.
He is presently a Lead Author on the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and served as a Lead Author on the IPCC AR5 and Special
Report on Extremes (SREX). He was the Chapter Lead Author on the Extreme Storms chapter of the Fourth U.S. National Climate
Assessment (NCA4) and a Lead Author on the U.S. NCA3 and CCSP reports. He is a Member Emeritus of the United Nations WMO Expert
Team on Tropical Cyclones and Climate Change, and a member of the U.S. CLIVAR Working Groups on Hurricanes and Climate, and
the Changing Width of the Tropical Belt.
Dr. Kossin has been awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal and the NOAA Administrator’s Award for his contributions
to the International and National Climate Assessment process, and the NOAA Bronze Medal Award for his work with the U.S.
National Hurricane Center.
Jim earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, and his M.S. in Mathematics and B.S. in
Mathematics and Physics at Clarkson University in New York.