Adam Smith

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Adam Smith is an applied climatologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 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. Additionally, Smith 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. State of the Climate Annual Reports, and U.S. National Climate Assessments.

Smith regularly briefs the U.S. Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction on U.S. disaster costs and is a NOAA expert on U.S. disaster loss data in support of the international Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2016-2019), the National Institute of Standards and Technology National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (2018-2019), and the American Meteorological Society Committee on Financial Weather Risk Management (2015–2019).

Selected and upcoming publications include: State by State Analysis of the Benefits to Cost from Wind Enhanced Building Codes (2020); Quantitative Approaches to Evaluating Climate Change Impacts in Socio-Environmental Systems, Public Health, and Insurance (2020); Changes in Extreme Weather and Climate Events: Current State of Knowledge and How it Applies to Human Health (2017); U.S. Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters: Data Sources, Trends, Accuracy and Biases (2013); and 2018's U.S. Billion-Dollar Disasters in Context (2019).