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James 'Jae' Edmonds

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College Park Professor; Senior Fellow, CGS
  • Pioneer in the field of integrated assessment of climate change
  • Current lead author on the current International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment and was a lead author in all five prior IPCC Assessments
  • Four decades of experience developing tools and advising decision makers

Jae Edmonds is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Sustainability (CGS). He is also a researcher at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a collaboration between the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he is Chief Scientist and Battelle Fellow, and at the University of Maryland in College Park, where he is College Park Professor of public policy.  He is one of the pioneers in the field of integrated assessment modeling of global change. His research focuses on interactions between global and regional energy, technology, economy, land, water, atmosphere, and climate systems and global change. His most recent work focuses on scenarios for climate finance risk. His work spans four decades, producing several books, numerous scientific papers and countless presentations. His work has more than 33,000 citations. In 1978 he began what has developed into the Global Change Assessment Model, a frontier-class integrated model of energy, economy, water, land and climate interactions He has been an active participant in all of the major assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is an active member of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium, serving on the Scientific Steering Committee and Scientific Working Groups. He serves on numerous committees, panels and advisory boards.


Areas of Interest
  • Integrated assessment modeling & scenarios; climate finance; energy technology; policy analysis