Jim Kossin is an atmospheric research scientist in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Weather and Climate. He also serves on the faculty of the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
His research focuses on extreme storms, in particular tropical cyclones (hurricanes, typhoons), and their relationships with climate and climate change.
He is presently a Lead Author on the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and served as a Lead Author on the IPCC AR5 and Special Report on Extremes (SREX). He was the Chapter Lead Author on the Extreme Storms chapter of the Fourth U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA4) and a Lead Author on the U.S. NCA3 and CCSP reports.
Jim has been awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal and the NOAA Administrator’s Award for his contributions to the International and National Climate Assessment process, and the NOAA Bronze Medal Award for his work with the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
He earned his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University, and his M.S. in Mathematics and B.S. in Mathematics and Physics at Clarkson University in New York.
Outside of Science: Jim has worked as a professional rock climbing guide and ski patroller, and plays guitar, keyboard, and drums, none of them well.