Katharine Mach is generating new possibilities for climate change risk assessment and response options, to empower decisions and action. From 2010 until 2015, Mach co-directed the scientific activities of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This work on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability culminated in the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report and its Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation. The associated global scientific collaborations have supported diverse climate policies and actions, including the Paris Agreement.
Mach is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Stanford University, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, a Visiting Investigator at the Carnegie Institution for Science, and leader of the Stanford Environment Assessment Facility (SEAF). Across all of her research projects, Mach engages in relevant policy processes, and she frequently discusses climate change risk and adaptation with the media, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and communities.
Mach received her PhD from Stanford University and AB from Harvard College.