Bob Kopp, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute
My scientific and policy research interests are guided by the recognition that, over the last two centuries, human civilization has become a geological force; we are inducing planetary environmental conditions like those that Earth has not experienced for millions of years.
My scientific research focuses on employing statistical and process models to integrate diverse geological data sets, with the proximal goal of improving understanding of past Earth system states and the ultimate goals of testing and strengthening models of future global change. Two areas of particular emphasis at the moment are (1) using records of past sea level changes to improve projections of sea level change and estimates of ice sheet stability, and (2) quantifying uncertainty in Cenozoic estimates of paleo-carbon dioxide concentrations and paleo-temperature, so as to better characterize the constraints these records place on climate sensitivity.
My policy-related research focuses on quantifying human impacts on the global climate, assessing the potential of different policies and technologies to mitigate these impacts, and incorporating climate change impacts into cost-benefit and risk management analyses.