Lisa Goddard



Dr. Lisa Goddard

International Research Institute for Climate & Society
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences,
Columbia University
Director of IRI
Senior Research Scientist


Lisa Goddard is the Director of Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society and leads IRI’s research efforts on understanding and predicting climate change on the 10-20 year horizon. She is also an adjunct associate professor in Columbia’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Goddard is a globally recognized expert on El Niño and La Niña, decadal prediction and near-term climate change. She sits on the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the U.S. National Academies of Science, as well as four others. She also co-chairs CLIVAR, which advises and coordinates international research on climate and the oceans under the World Climate Research Programme. In 2007, she developed PACE, a national post-doctoral program that explicitly links recent climate Ph.D.s with decision making institutions.

Research Interests

  • Near-term climate change

  • El Nino/La Nina and their impact on climate variability and predictability,

  • Methodologies for identifying the relative importance of regional SSTs to regional climate variability,

  • Assessment of climate prediction tools, and

  • Strategies for advancing research, development and implementation of climate forecasts.