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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Radley Horton

NE CASC Principal Investigator
Lamont Research Professor
Columbia University

Research Interests

  • Climate extremes
  • Risk assessment
  • Combined impacts of multiple extremes
  • Natural and built systems
  • Science of adaptation


B.S.: Environmental Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1995
M.S.: Earth and Environmental Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2001
Ph.D.: Earth and Environmental Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2007


Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, 2018 to present
Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Columbia University, 2007 to 2018


Habitat use as indicator of adaptive capacity to climate changeFinal Report: Examining the mechanisms of species responses to climate change: Are there biological thresholds?High-resolution projections of extreme heat in New York City
New York City Panel on Climate Change 2019 Report Chapter 2: New Methods for Assessing Extreme Temperatures, Heavy Downpours, and DroughtNew York City Panel on Climate Change 2019 Report Chapter 3: Sea Level RiseNonlinear increases in extreme temperatures paradoxically dampen increases in extreme humid-heatRising Sea Levels: Helping Decision-Makers Confront the InevitableSea Level Rise ViewerEvolution of 21st Century Sea Level Rise ProjectionsThreats to North American forests from southern pine beetle with warming wintersTemperature and humidity based projections of a rapid rise in global heat stress exposure during the 21st centuryGlobal and Regional Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the United StatesThe impacts of rising temperatures on aircraft takeoff performanceTotal and extreme precipitation changes over the Northeastern United StatesIntegrative Tool to Estimate Potential Future Sea-Levels for Consideration in Sandy RecoveryEvaluation of dynamic coastal response to sea-level rise modifies inundation likelihoodA Review of Recent Advances in Research on Extreme Heat EventsJoint projections of US East Coast sea level and storm surgeNew York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 Report, Chapter 1: Climate Observations and ProjectionsNew York City Panel on Climate Change 2015 Report Chapter 2: Sea Level Rise and Coastal StormsOpen-File Report:Evaluating coastal landscape response to sea-level rise in the northeastern United States: approach and methodsProjected changes in extreme temperature events based on the NARCCAP model suiteBeyond Hurricane Sandy: What Might the Future Hold for Tropical Cyclones in the North Atlantic?Ch. 16: Northeast. Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate AssessmentClimate change and the impact of extreme temperatures on aviationHeat-Related Mortality in a Warming Climate: Projections for 12 U.S. CitiesImpacts of Projected Climate Change over the Lake Champlain Basin in VermontProbabilistic 21st and 22nd century sea-level projections at a global network of tide-gauge sitesA research and decision support framework to evaluate sea-level rise impacts in the northeastern U.S.Uncertainty in 21st century CMIP5 sea level projectionsStatistical downscaling and bias correction of climate model outputs for climate change impact assessment in the U.S. northeastThe Practitioner\textquoterights Dilemma: How to Assess the Credibility of Downscaled Climate ProjectionsProjected Heat-Related Mortality in the U.S. Urban NortheastProjections of seasonal patterns in temperature-related deaths for Manhattan, New~YorkGlobal Sea Level Rise Scenarios for the US National Climate Assessment. NOAA Tech Memo OAR CPOImpact of declining Arctic sea ice on winter snowfallClimate Adaptation Guidebook for New York StateClimate Hazard Assessment for Stakeholder Adaptation Planning in New York CityClimate RisksDeveloping coastal adaptation to climate change in the New York City infrastructure-shed: process, approach, tools, and strategiesChapter 3: Climate observations and projectionsChapter 7: Indicators and monitoringSea level rise projections for current generation CGCMs based on the semi-empirical methodManaging climate change risks in New York City\textquoterights water system: assessment and adaptation planning
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