Adam Smith

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Adam Smith is an applied climatologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Centers for Environmental Information Center for Weather & Climate. He performs research to homogenize and transition disparate disaster data sources into better quality-controlled disaster cost frameworks, as research tools and has expertise in developing methods to quantify natural disaster costs and uncertainty: https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions

Smith has contributed to many widely cited research and data products, including: IPCC AR5, U.S. Climate Action Plan, Getting Smart About How We Finance Disaster Resilience (2016), U.S. National Infrastructure Strategy (2015), Building Drought Resilience in Agriculture (2015), Disaster-Resilient Buildings, Infrastructure and Communities (2014), U.S. Energy Grid Resilience (2013), U.S. State of the Climate Annual Reports and U.S. National Climate Assessment: http://nca2014.globalchange.gov

Smith sits on the U.S. Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction, is a NOAA expert on U.S. disaster loss data in support of the international Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2016-Present), and is part of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk interdisciplinary working group on Natural Disaster Risk/Loss Data integration (2012–2015) and the American Meteorological Society Committee on Financial Weather/Climate Risk Management (2015–2017).

Some of his selected and upcoming publications include: Quantitative Approaches to Evaluating Climate Change Impacts in Socio-Environmental Systems, Public Health, and Insurance (2018), Changes in Extreme Weather and Climate Events: Current State of Knowledge and How it Applies to Human Health, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk DATA Report, Measuring Losses from Disasters: Guidelines on Human and Economic Impact Indicators, (2015), and U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Data Sources, Trends, Accuracy and Biases (2013).