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
News & Press Releases
A new study reveals the evidence for a recent pause in the rate of global warming lacks a sound statistical basis. The finding highlights the importance of using appropriate statistical techniques and should improve confidence in climate model projections.
By Ker Than,
Op-ed by Senior Fellows Chris Field (Biology, Earth System Science) and Noah Diffenbaugh (Earth System Science) calling for the incorporation of climate-related risks in planning for California’s future.
By Noah Diffenbaugh and Christopher Field,
Discusses research co-authored by Senior Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh (Earth System Science) and Bala Rajaratnam, a Woods-affiliated assistant professor of statistics and of Earth system science.
By Chelsea Harvey,
Senior Woods Fellow Noah Diffenbaugh states that the new findings contribute to the evidence that global warming has substantially increased the probability of extremely low snow conditions.
By Nicholas St. Fleur,