Dr. Lawrence Buja is the Director of NCAR’s Climate Science and Applications Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, which carries out interdisciplinary research on social, economic, and political activities related to climate at local, regional and global scales. CSAP addresses societal vulnerability, impacts and adaptation to climate change through the use of scenarios of projected climate change, development of tools and methods for analyzing current and future vulnerability, and integrated analyses of climate impacts and adaptation at local, regional and global scales. CSAP focus areas are:
CSAP’s common research protocol RISE (Research on Interactions between Society and the Environment) defines the group’s coproduction approach that draws upon an integrated, science-based understanding of the complex interactions between social and environmental systems. The RISE process allows CSAP scientists to iteratively and transparently address every step of the research process, from problem definition to scalable solutions in order to address longstanding and emerging challenges at the intersection of society and the environment. Lawrence's most recent project was the production of the USDA report "Climate Change, Global Food Security and the U.S. Food System" for the U.S. National Climate Assessment, which received USDA's top Abraham Lincoln Honor Award in 2016.
Previously, Dr. Buja was the scientific project manager for NCAR's Climate Change and Prediction group, a member of NCAR's core climate modeling development and application team and is a contributing author to both the 2001 IPCC Third Assessment Report and the Nobel Prize winning 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report .
Lawrence is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Association of Geographers and the American Society for Civil Engineers. Lawrence serves on ASCE's Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, ASCE's Subcommittee on Hydroclimatology and Engineering Adaptation and the executive committee for the International Conference on Climate Services.
Dr. Buja also works closely with the World Bank, the InterAmerican Development Bank and other international agencies applying NCAR’s climate and regional model expertise to help inform sustainable development investment strategies throughout the world.