Daniela Jacob is director of the Climate Service Center Germany, appointed in June 2015. After studying meteorology in Darmstadt, Daniela Jacob graduated at Hamburg University, working at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Gesthacht (HZG). She then moved on to work at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Since 1993 she has carried out research at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, where she first developed the regional climate model REMO, which can be used to calculate the regional impact of climate change.
Daniela Jacob participated in more than 30 national and international projects such as ENSEMBLES and coordinates national and international projects such as IMPACT2C. From 2009 to 2013 she was professor of regional climate change at the University of Bergen, Norway, and in June 2010 she was appointed to be one of the Leading Authors of the Fifth Assessment Report (Working Group 2) of the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). Daniela Jacob is author or coauthor of more than a hundred publications in leading journals on various subjects from regional climate modeling to hydrological cycle.
María Máñez Costa works in the Climate Impacts and Economics Department of the Climate Services Center, Germany, as well as being visiting professor at the University of Valencia, Spain. Máñez Costa´s research explores the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of socio-ecological systems to climate change. Her research focuses on the development of capacities for adaptation to climate change and the development of methods for managing and communicating climate impacts. She has coordinated various projects of the European Union, working on the topic of “Global change and ecological change“. Her work repeatedly focused on questions of climate and water economics.
Dr. Zebiak is the Climate Services for Resilient Development (CSRD) Partnership Global Coordinator, where his role involves Partnership strategy development, and planning and coordination of regional and thematic activities, including the engagement of a global community of practice. He is also founder of the Climate Information Services, Ltd., launched in 2015, which provides analytical and advisory services in the design and implementation of climate services. Dr. Zebiak is also a Special Research Scientist with the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) and in this role leads the IRI office of the Climate Services Partnership Secretariat. Previously, Dr. Zebiak was Director-General of IRI, leading an inter-disciplinary team of over 40 scientists specializing in climate prediction, agriculture, health, water, economics and development policy.
Dr. Zebiak has worked in the area of ocean-atmosphere interaction and climate variability since completing his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1984. He and Dr. Mark Cane authored the first dynamical model used to predict El Niño successfully. He has published extensively in journals such as Science, Nature, the International Journal of Climatology, and has served as an advisor to a range of US and international climate science research programs. Dr. Zebiak is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Catherine Vaughan is a staff associate at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Cathy also coordinates IRI’s regional program for Latin America and the Caribbean. Cathy previously worked with the Global Roundtable on Climate Change, the Austin Chronicle, and the New York State Department of Health. From 2003 to 2005, Cathy also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Zambia. Cathy holds master’s degrees in International Relations (Yale 2007) and Climate and Society (Columbia 2008). She is a doctoral candidate in the School for Earth and the Environment at the University of Leeds, where her research focuses on metrics to evaluate climate services.