Karsten Shein

Senior Climatologist

Karsten Shein, Ph.D., is an expert in climate observation, analysis, and modeling, specifically of extreme climate events, climate variability and change, and climate impacts. He earned his doctorate in climatology from Michigan State University in the United States and has over 25 years of award-winning experience that includes analyzing extreme wind speeds while at the University of East Anglia in the UK and leading data quality assurance and climate monitoring, assessments, and policy guidance for NASA and NOAA. Dr. Shein’s work has encompassed wildfire risk, wind energy modelling, aviation meteorology, climate vulnerability assessments, and deploying instrumentation on coral reefs to identify asset-scale climate impacts on natural infrastructure. He developed and led NOAA’s Statewide Climate Extremes Committee and participated in the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) and the Committee on Earth Observing Satellites (CEOS). Most recently he was the director of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center at the University of Illinois and is a founding director of 2DegreesC, a nonprofit using technology to engage the public in climate science. Dr. Shein is a skilled communicator with over 250 articles on meteorology and climatology, including lead editor and author of a major international climate assessment report.