Carnegie Mellon University

Kelly Klima

Kelly Klima

Research Scientist, Department of Engineering and Public Policy

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Baker Hall 129
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dr. Kelly Klima is a Research Scientist the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University focusing on climate, extreme weather, energy, communications, and outreach. She has published several journal articles and won multiple speaking awards including the AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award. She is an active member of 10 professional societies, and serves on the American Geophysical Union Executive Committee. In addition to research, Dr. Klima founded SUCCEED: The Summer Center for Climate, Energy, and Environment Decision-Making, a 5-day program designed to complement what 9th grade students have studied in school and provide them with opportunities to expand their understanding of energy, the environment, and how those relate to climate change. Dr. Klima has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy (CMU), an M.S. in Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Science (MIT), an M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MIT), a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering (Caltech), and a CFM from the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).


Ph.D. (Engineering and Public Policy), Carnegie Mellon University, 2011.
M.S. (Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008.
M.S. (Aeronautics and Astronautics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005.


My research focuses on hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning and implementation; climate, energy, and environmental decision-making; decision analysis of methods to reduce damage from natural hazards; advancing innovative policy solutions; and promoting STEM education. My official Carnegie Mellon official video can be found at:

Selected Honors and Awards

  1. Highest Faculty Course Evaluations (CMU wide) for 19.648/ 12.765 since 2008 (4.6/5.0), 2014;
  2. Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union, December 2010
  3. First Prize for Best Presentation, Technology, Management and Policy Consortium, June 2010

Selected Publications

  1. Bradford, K.; Abrahams, L.; Hegglin, M.; Klima, K. A Heat Vulnerability Index and Adaptation Solutions for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Environmental Science & Technology. 2015. PMID: 26333158.
  2. Klima, K.; Apt, J. Geographic smoothing of solar PV: Results from Gujarat. Environmental Research Letters. 2015, 10 (10).
  3. Faria, F.; Klima, K; Posen, I.D., Azevedo, I. A New Approach of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Outreach in Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Decision Making. Accepted at Sustainability: The Journal of Record, 2015.
  4. Klima, K.; Morgan, M.G. Ice Storm Frequencies in a Warmer Climate.  Climatic Change. 2015, 10.1007/s10584-015-1460-9 .
  5. Canfield, C.; Klima, K., Dawson. J.T.  Using Deliberative Democracy to Identify Energy Policy Priorities in the United States. Energy Research and Social Science. 2015, 8, pp. 184-189.
  6. Hoss, F.; Klima, K.; Fischbeck, P. Ten Strategies to Systematically Exploit All Options to Cope with Anthropogenic Climate Change.  Environment, Systems and Decisions. 2014, 34 (4) 578-590.
  7. Klima, K.; Jerolleman, A. Bridging the Gap: Hazard Mitigation in the Global Context.  Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 2014, 11 (2), pp. 209-216.
  8. Klima, K.; Morgan, M.G. Thoughts on whether government should steer a tropical cyclone if it could. Journal of Risk Research, 2012, 15 (8), pp. 1013-1020.
  9. Klima, K.; Lin, N.; Morgan, G.; Emanuel, K. Hurricane modification and adaptation in Miami-Dade County, Florida.  Environmental Science & Technology, 2012, 45 (2), pp. 636-642.
  10. Klima, K., Bruine de Bruin, W.; Morgan, M.G.; Grossmann, I. Public Perceptions of Hurricane Modification Techniques.  Risk Analysis, 2011, 32 (7), pp.1194-1206.
  11. Klima, K., Morgan, M.G.; Grossmann, I.; Emanuel, K. Does it Make Sense to Modify Tropical Cyclones? A Decision Analytic Assessment. Environmental Science & Technology, 2011, 45 (10), pp 4242-4248.
  12. Klima, K. Does Tropical Cyclone Modification Make Sense? A Decision-Analytic Perspective. CMU, 2011.
  13. Klima, K. Effects of Variable Wind Stress on Ocean Heat Content. MIT, 2008.
  14. Kim, Brian Y. et al. System for assessing Aviation’s Global Emissions (SAGE), Part 1: Model description and inventory results. Transportation Research, July 2007, 12D (5).
  15. Kim, B., et al. SAGE Version 1.5: Global Aviation Emissions for 2000 through 2004. September 2005. FAA-EE-2005-02.
  16. Kim, B., et al. SAGE Version 1.5: Validation, Assessment, Model Assumptions, and Uncertainties.” September 2005. FAA-EE-2005-03.
  17. Kim, B., et al. SAGE Version 1.5: System Revision History. September 2005. FAA-EE-2005-04.
  18. Klima, K. Assessment of a Global Contrail Modeling Method and Operational Strategies for Contrail  Mitigation. MIT, 2005.

Courses Taught

  1. 19.648/ 12.765: International Climate Adaptation and Innovation for Critical Infrastructure, CMU
  2. 19-451 / 88-451 / 90-720: EPP Projects/Policy Analysis Senior Project, CMU