David Letson


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Since 1997, I have participated in a multi-disciplinary evaluation of climate forecasting for agricultural and water resources management in the southeastern US, as part of the Southeastern Climate Consortium (http://secc.coaps.fsu.edu/), representing several universities (Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Miami). The SECC receives its base funding from the Regional Integrated Scientific Assessment Program of the NOAA Climate Programs Office.

I currently serve as Editor for Weather, Climate and Society, a journal of the American Meteorological Society. I have previously served on the editorial councils of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and the Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Member, US THORPEX Science Steering Committee (USTSSC). THORPEX (The Observing System Research and Predictability Experiment) is a World Meteorological Organization project with the goal to accelerate the improvement of weather forecasting in the 1-14 day time range. THORPEX’s socioeconomic research links the scientific advance in forecasting to societal impacts.



1983B.Sc. Economics & English JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
1989Ph.D. Natural Resource and Environmental Economics UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Summary of Relevant Experience

8/95-Present. Tenured PROFESSOR, University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Dept. of Marine Ecosystems and Society. My research focuses on the economics of extreme weather and climate variations. I am interested in the value of predictions from the geosciences and in how those predictions are interpreted and used.

11/89-7/95. ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMIST, Natural Resources and the Environment Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Dept of Agriculture. Washington, DC. My duties included assessing economic impacts of policy decisions, particularly for the Clean Water Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, and the 1990 & 1995 Farm Bills.