Dr MacCracken is Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs at the Climate Institute in Washington DC. His activities focus on improving scientific and public understanding of climate change and its impacts. From 2003 to 2007, he also served as the president of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, and an international panel that he served on recently completed the report Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable (http://www.confrontingclimatechange.org). From 1997 to 2001, he served as executive director of the US Global Change Research Program's National Assessment Coordination Office, which coordinated the efforts of 20 regional assessment teams, five sectoral teams, and the National Assessment Synthesis Team that prepared national-level reports that were forwarded to the President and to Congress. From 1993 to 1997 he served as the first executive director of the Office of the US Global Change Research Program. His earlier research with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory focused on application of climate models to evaluate natural and anthropogenic causes of climate change. He holds a B.Sc. in Engineering degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Applied Science from the University of California Davis/Livermore.
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