Dr. Chris Weaver
Executive Director (Acting), U.S. Global Change Research Program, Office of Science and Technology Policy
National Coordination Office (NCO)
Chris Weaver is the Acting Executive Director of USGCRP, serving in this role on assignment from EPA’s Office of Research and Development to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
His background is as a climate scientist, with research spanning a diverse set of topics, including: the coupled dynamics of the atmospheric and terrestrial water cycles; observations and modeling of clouds and their role in the climate system; the importance of land use and land cover change in weather and climate; cross-scale interactions in the Earth system; and decision making under uncertainty, including the critical role of the social sciences in operationalizing scientific knowledge to meet societal needs. He received his Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.
For much of the last two decades, he has provided scientific and organizational leadership in both university and government settings. Before becoming part of the USGCRP leadership team, he was a Federal lead for and one of the chief architects of the National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021, the decadal strategic plan for USGCRP. During his tenure at EPA, he has been involved in evaluating the specific risks global change poses to air quality, water quality, human health, and ecosystems and supporting policy making at the agency in these areas. Prior to joining the Federal Government, he was on the faculty of the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, where he also served as the Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Prediction.