Special Research Scientist
Vivien Gornitz is a geologist and special research scientist with the Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research. She has published numerous articles on sea level rise and the impacts of climate change on the coastal zone. She is currently a member of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), examining future New York City sea level change. She is also a Lead-Co-author on the Coastal Zone chapter of the forthcoming Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, edited by Cynthia Rosenzweig, and others. Vivien has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 1990, 1995, 2001, 2007, to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority ClimAID in 2010 and 2011, and to the USGCRP National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the United States in 2001 (Climate Change and a Global City: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change–Metro East Coast). She has written Rising Seas: Past, Present, and Future (Columbia University Press, 2013), edited the Encyclopedia of Paleoclimatology and Ancient Environments (Springer, 2009), and is currently writing a book on the changing cryosphere for Columbia U. Press titled Vanishing Ice.