Dr. Thomas Armstrong
Executive Director, U.S. Global Change Research Program, Office of Science and Technology Policy
National Coordination Office (NCO)
Dr. Thomas Armstrong joined the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as the Director of National Coordination for USGCRP in March 2011. Tom previously served as the Department of the Interior's (DOI's) Senior Advisor for Climate Change and was a key figure in the implementation of Secretary Salazar's Executive Order on climate change (S.O. 3289), as well as in the development of the Department's climate change-related policies, organizational elements, and budget strategies.
Dr. Armstrong served as the Vice-Chair for Adaptation Science on the CENRS Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR) and was the Principal for DOI to USGCRP. Some of his other responsibilities have included serving as the Senior Advisor for the Global Change Program at the U.S. Geological Survey, the DOI lead for the World Climate Conference, the United States Head of Delegation for the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Associate to the Chair for development of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) response to the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Implementation Plan, a United States delegate for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, advisor on DOI's International Polar Year activities, a DOI Principal to the CEQ-OSTP-NOAA Climate Change Adaptation Taskforce, and Chair of the Science Committee for DOI's Climate Change Task Force.
Tom has also participated in numerous testimonies and briefings to various Congressional Committees and high-level briefings for DOI at various international forums regarding climate change, adaptation, and circum-Arctic activities.