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Richard B. (Ricky) Rood

Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering and School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Richard Rood is a Professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering (CLaSP) and he is also appointed in the School for Environment and Sustainability. He is part of the Core Team of the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA) Center. Rood teaches several course on climate change and the use of climate-knowledge in planning and management. This has evolved into a curriculum on climate change problem solving. Professor Rood has made research contributions to several fields. His numerical algorithms are used in climate models, weather-forecast models, and atmospheric chemistry models. He has also been a leader in developing merged model-observation datasets to study chemistry and climate. As a member of the Senior Executive Service at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Rood received recognition for his ability to lead both scientific and high performance computing activities.


  • 2015–present
    Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
  • 2005–2015
    Professor, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences


  • 1982 
    Florida State University, Ph.D.
  • 1976 
    University of North Carolina, B.S.

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorology Society
  • American Geophysical Union


Fellow, American Meteorological Society; Norbert Gerbier Award, World Meteorological Organization; Dow Distinguished Faculty Fellow