The Weather-Climate Gap: Perspectives on Hazards, Risk, and Vulnerability (with a twist); NAS

This meeting is hosted by the Geographical Sciences Committee at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

October 13 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET

Program Overview

In this lecture, Professor Shepherd examines the intersection of weather-related hazards and vulnerability. He explores the connections among contemporary weather extremes, climate change and disproportionate exposure in marginalized communities. He uses the lens of his scholarship, life experiences, and recent high impact events.


Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, a leading international expert in weather and climate, is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia. He is also the host of The Weather Channel’s Award-Winning show Weather Geeks, a pioneering Sunday talk podcast/show, a contributor to Forbes Magazine, and the former President of the American Meteorological Society. In 2021, Dr. Shepherd was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Shepherd received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in physical meteorology from Florida State University. He has received numerous recognitions, including the 2020 Mani L. Bhaumik Award for Public Engagement with Science from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the 2019 Recipient of the AGU Climate Communication Prize, and the 2018 recipient of the prestigious AMS Helmut Landsberg Award for pioneering and significant work in urban climate. He is also the co-author of a children’s book on weather and weather instruments called Dr. Fred’s Weather Watch and is the co-founder of the Alcova Elementary Weather Science Chat series that exposes K-5 students to world-class scientists.

How to access the event

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This event is public and free to attend. More information will be posted to the event page soon.

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