Melanie Fitzpatrick

Climate Scientist

Melanie Fitzpatrick is a climate scientist with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Her work encompasses basic climate research, studying the local and global consequences of climate change, and communicating scientific findings to policy makers, the media and citizens.

Dr. Fitzpatrick completed her Ph.D. in geophysics at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she researched the interaction between sea ice, clouds, and climate. As a polar research specialist, she has worked as a field-based climate scientist with the Australian Antarctic Program, the U.S. Antarctic Program, and with the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports in 2001 and 2007.

Over the last two decades she has conducted and supported global change science programs in Antarctica, spent time in Greenland and Alaska, and today, continues to be passionate about ensuring that government policies are informed by the best-available science.

Dr. Fitzpatrick has been quoted widely, including by the Associated Press, CNN, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Reuters, and USA Today, and has appeared on Al Jazeera America and National Public Radio.

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