Senior Fellow - Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Associate Professor - Earth System Science
Earth, Energy, and Environmental Sciences
Climate, Food Security
Noah Diffenbaugh is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. His research interests are centered on the dynamics and impacts of climate variability and change, including the role of humans as a coupled component of the climate system. Much of his work has focused on the role of fine-scale processes in shaping climate change impacts, including studies of extreme weather, water resources, agriculture, human health and poverty vulnerability. Diffenbaugh is currently a lead author for Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences Ad Hoc Committee on Effects of Provisions in the Internal Revenue Code on Greenhouse Gas Emissions. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), as an editor of Geophysical Research Letters, and as a member representative to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). Diffenbaugh is a recipient of the James R. Holton Award from the American Geophysical Union, a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, and a Terman Fellowship from Stanford University. He has been recognized as a Kavli Fellow by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and as a Google Science Communication Fellow. Before coming to Stanford, Diffenbaugh was a member of the faculty of Purdue University, where he was a University Faculty Scholar and served as Interim Director of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC).
Selected Publications by this Author
Debunking the Climate Hiatus (PDF/572.03 KB) »
News & Press Releases
A new study examining carbon exchange in the Amazon rain forest following extremely hot and dry spells reveals tropical ecosystems might be more sensitive to climate change than previously thought. The findings, published online on April 28 in the journal Global Change Biology, have implications for the fate of the Amazon and other tropical ecosystems if greenhouse gas emissions continue to climb. The study was a collaboration involving scientists from twelve research institutions around the world. Stanford authors on the study include Stanford Earth scholars Noah Diffenbaugh, Anna Michalak, Kaiyu Guan Danielle Touma and Yoichi Shiga.
By Ker Than,
Cites research co-authored by Woods-affiliated postdoctoral scholar Daniel Horton and Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh (Earth System Science).
By Angela Fritz,