Dr. Robert Corell

Dr. Robert W. Corell is a Principal and Director of the Global Environment Technology Foundation and Leads the GETF’s Center for Global Science and Innovation (US). He is the Co-Founder and Director of the The Rising Seas Institute (US) and is a Board of Trustees Member, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (Bermuda). He has several academic appointments, including an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Miami’s Department of Ocean Sciences and Professorship at the University of the Arctic and its Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry (Norway). He recently held the Arctic Chair at the University of Tromsø, Norway. He was a Council Member of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA) and Lead Author of GEA’s Chapter 3 on Environment and Energy. He led the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (2005). In 2021 he was awarded the 2021 U.S. Water Leader Award by the U.S, Water Partnership. In 2019, he received the High North Hero Award by the High North Center for Business and Governance, Nord University (Norway). In 2018, he gave the Maniac Space Lecture at NASA, titled: Science Goes Global (https://earth.gsfc.nasa.gov/maniac/corell). In 2013, chaired and was the lead author of the 2013 UNEP Yearbook on “The View from the Top Searching for Responses to a Rapidly Changing Arctic” and more recently, was the Co-Chair of the 2016 UNEP’s GEO-6 North American Regional Assessment. He was recognized with the other scientists for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments. In 2010, Dr. Corell was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine by the Norges Veterinærhøgskole (Norwegian School of Veterinarian Science) and a 2008 Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Alaska, Anchorage. In 2017, Case Western Reserve University Case Alumni Association awarded him the Gold Medal Award for lifetime achievements. A circular mountain region Antarctica was named the “Corell Cirque” by Board on Geographical Names (79°54′00″S, 155°57′00″E).

Dr. Corell is actively engaged in research concerned with the sciences of global change and the interface between science and public policy, particularly research activities that are focused on the science of global and regional climate change. These efforts are designed to facilitate understanding of vulnerability and sustainable development in an environmentally changing world. Most recently, co-authored with Overland et al, The Urgency of Arctic Change in Polar Science (2019) and the lead chapter in:

The Arctic in the Earth’s Climate System in Global Asia Vol. 15, No. 4, December 2020. He was also the lead chapter in Whither the Arctic Ocean? Research, Knowledge Needs and Development en Route to the New Arctic, titled: The Arctic: Tomorrow’s Changes, Today! published in Spain by the BBVA Foundation (2020). We also Co-Authored with Lars-Otto Reiersen an invited by Oxford chapter on Monitoring and Assessing Arctic Climate Change – Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. (2020). published in One Earth: Cell Press, (2021). Twenty first century sea-level rise could exceed IPCC projections for strong-warming futures by Siegert, Corell, et al.
Further, he was a co-lead author in the 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018,2019 and 2020 in the North Pacific Arctic Conference’s Annual books. He has published dozens peer-reviewed articles and book chapters during the past decade or so, a recent example is 2016 GEO-6 Global Environment Outlook: Regional Assessment for North America, UN Environment Programme and he was a Section Co-author of the book, “2052 – A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years” edited by Jorgen Randers, Chelsea Green Publishing).

Dr. Corell was Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation for Geosciences (1987-2000) where he had direct responsibility for the NSF’s Atmospheric, Earth, Ocean Sciences, Polar Programs and was Chair of the United States Global Change Research Program (1987-2000) reporting to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. He was also a professor and academic administrator at the University of New Hampshire (1964 – 1986). Dr. Corell is an oceanographer and engineer having received Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. degrees at Case Western Reserve University and MIT. He has also held visiting scientist appointments at the Woods Hole Institution of Oceanography, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of Washington.