DJ Rasmussen

STEP Ph.D. student

I am a PhD student at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs at Princeton University. I am fascinated with how weather and climate interact with our political and economic systems. I also love to build quantitative tools for managing environmental risks.

I currently study coastal storms and their economic damage and how climate stabilization targets (e.g., Paris Agreement) could impact projections of local sea-level rise. I build statistical and numerical modeling tools to address these questions, but not all of my work involves numbers. I also study and develop qualitative theories on how decisions are made to mitigate long-term risks, like coastal flood events, from the perspective of an individual (e.g., a homeowner) and major coastal cities.

My career goal is to continue to produce and create tools based on the latest science to help stakeholders make decisions under evolving coastal flood risk. My hope is that these efforts will lead to planning that saves money and protects human lives. Along the way, I plan to draw public attention to the issues that I study through science and policy outreach.

In addition to belonging to the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy (STEP) at Princeton University, I am a member of the Rutgers Earth System Science & Policy Lab and Climate Impact Lab.

I am a contributing author of American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States. I previously was a research fellow at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). I also served as an air pollution engineer at both the California Air Resources Board and Ramboll Environ.

I received a BS in atmospheric science from UW-Madison and an MS in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California-Davis.

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