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Josh Foster manages the Center for Clean Air Policy's Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative, designed to equip U.S. partner cities and counties make effective policy and investment decisions to increase their resiliency to the impacts of climate change. Josh has over 14 years of experience working on climate adaptation, including 13 at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Science Program Office as a manager for climate research applications and services. His work focused on decision support, drought and water resources management, local urban preparedness, and engagement with the private sector. He was the project manager for NOAA's Climate Resilient Communities project from 2005-08 in collaboration with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. In the past, he has also worked on development of NOAA's National Climate Services, National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Regional Integrated Climate Sciences and Assessments (RISA) Program, the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the US Global Change Research Program, the United Nations Development Program, the White House Office on Environmental Policy, and the White House Subcommittee on Water Availability and Quality (SWAQ). Josh holds Masters in International Relations and in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Policy, Minor in Latin American Studies, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


1. IPCC, 2007: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. Miller (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 996 pp.

2. Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States, Thomas R. Karl, Jerry M. Melillo, and Thomas C. Peterson, (eds.). Cambridge University Press, 2009.

3. Staudt, A. (2009). More Extreme Weather: Implications for Public Health and Social Justice. National Wildlife Federation. (PDF)

4. Maps – The Emerging Megaregions. America 2050. (

5. Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment: Third Report to Congress (2005). United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water. (PDF)

6. Clean Watershed Needs Survey 2004: Report to Congress (2008). United States Environmental Protection Agency. (PDF)

7. 2008 Midwestern U.S. Floods. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center

8. Lowe, A., J. Foster, & S. Winkelman (2009). Ask the Climate Question: Adapting to Climate Change in Urban Regions. The Center For Clean Air Policy: Urban Leaders Adaptation Initiative. (PDF)

9. Ahead of the Storm…Preparing for Climate Change: Development of a Climate Adaptation Strategy (2008, April 18). Toronto Environment Office, The City of Toronto Climate Adaptation Steering Group, and The Clean Air Partnership. (PDF)

10. Smart Growth For Coastal and Waterfront Communities. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (PDF)

Funding provided by the Climate Program Office, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration to the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
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