Dr. Roger S. Pulwarty has been engaged in drought risk assessment, early warning, policy including legislation development, and broader disaster risk reduction and resilience, for over 25 years. He is the Senior Scientist in the NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory and the Co-chair (and founding director) of the U.S. NIDIS. Roger advises on adaptation and services at international, national and community levels in Latin America and the Caribbean, and has played key roles in the IPCC, the UNDRR, and the US Global Change Research Program.
He is a climate scientist with extensive publications and practical experience in weather and climate science, impacts, and vulnerability, and, at the science-policy interface, including providing testimonies before the U.S. Congress. Roger served as a convening lead author on the first UNDRR Special Report on Drought (2021), on Drought in the Anthropocene (UNESCO, 2019), and is the co-chair of the WMO Climate Services Information System (Operations).