Schlosser, C. Adam

C. Adam Schlosser
Deputy Director, Joint Program
Senior Research Scientist, CGCS





Focus Areas

Earth Systems, Natural Ecosystems, Managed Resources, Infrastructure & Investment, Regional Analysis, Multi-Sector Dynamics


Dr. C. Adam Schlosser is currently a Senior Research Scientist in the Center for Global Change Science, and also serves as the Deputy Director for the Joint Program at MIT. Prior to his appointment at MIT, Dr. Schlosser was an Associate Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (2001-2003), a Research Scientist at the Center for Ocean Land Atmosphere Studies (1997-2001). He conducted his postdoctoral work (1995-1997) at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton. His primary interests are the modeling and prediction of global hydrologic, ecologic, and biogeochemical change using the MIT’s Integrated Global Systems Model (IGSM) that includes model development of its terrestrial component – the Global Land System (GLS). His other research endeavors work to improve our observational capabilities for monitoring, understanding and predicting the Earth’s global water and energy cycles, and currently serves as a member of the NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study (NEWS) Science Integration Team. Dr. Schlosser has also undertaken numerical experimentation and observational studies of land hydrologic processes and their role in coupled hydroclimatological variability, and the predictability and prediction of the Earth’s climate system. In doing so, he has worked with a wide range of numerical models, ranging from point-scale models of land biogeophysical processes to general circulation models; and point to global-scale observational data for evaluation and complementary analyses. He also has participated in and led international experiments aimed to assess the performance of land and climate model simulations and predictions (e.g. GSWP 2, PILPS, IPCC, AMIP 2, DSP, SNOWMIP). His current collaborative research activities also include the study of extreme precipitation events and associating their potential changes to shifts in climate regimes, the fate of the arctic permafrost under potential climate warming and subsequent impacts on its biogeochemistry and trace-gas emissions, and climate-water issues on adaptation.

Education + Credentials
B.S., Physics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1989
M.S., Meteorology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1992
Ph.D., Meteorology, University of Maryland, College Park, 1995

Recent Publications

Joint Program Report
Rouge, K. and C. Adam Schlosser (2023). Joint Program Report Series Report 365, March, 16 p. [PDF]
Journal Article
Schlosser, C. Adam, C. Frankenfeld, S. Eastham, X. Gao, A. Gurgel, A. McCluskey, J. Morris, S. Orzach, K. Rouge, S. Paltsev and J. Reilly (2023). Frontiers in Climate, Accepted (Vol. 5, doi: 10.3389/fclim.2023.1100600)
Joint Program Report
Gao, X., A. Sokolov and C.A. Schlosser (2023). Joint Program Report Series Report 363, February, 27 p. [PDF]
Journal Article
Atkinson, W., S.D. Eastham, Y.-H.H. Chen, J. Morris, S. Paltsev, C.A. Schlosser and N.E. Selin (2022). Geoscientific Model Development, 15, 7767–7789 (doi: 10.5194/gmd-15-7767-2022)
Conference Proceedings Paper
Tian, H., . . ., X. Gao, C.A. Schlosser, A. Sokolov and A. Gurgel (2022). American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, GC45C-07

News + Media

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MIT Office of the Vice President for Research | 
May 08, 2023
In The News
The Maine Monitor | 
Apr 09, 2023
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Joint Program News | 
Apr 04, 2023
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Mar 30, 2023
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Global Changes - Fall 2022 Newsletter | 
Dec 19, 2022
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Oct 07, 2022