Stuart R. Gaffin

Title: Associate Research Scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR)
Columbia University
2880 Broadway, NY, NY, 10025
Phone: 917-865-4421
Fax: 212-678-5552


Columbia University, Mathematics - B.A. 1978 Columbia University, Physics - M.A.1981 New York University, Atmospheric Physics - Ph.D.1986


1/06-present, City College of NY, Center for Environmental Remote Sensing visiting scientist

9/03-present,Columbia Univeristy, NY, Center for Climate Systems Research, Associate research scientist

3/01-9/03, Clumbia University, Palisades, NY, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Associate research Scientist

11/89-3/01, Environmental Defense (EDF), NY, Global and Regional Atmosphere Program, Senior Scientist

Post Doctoral Institutions

Yale University, Climate Studies - 1987-89 Exxon Corp Res Labs, NJ, Climate Research - 1989-90

Other professional acitivities

2/08-2/09, SYNDICATED REUTERS BLOG AUTHOR, “Exhausted Earth”

1/07-1/09,GO GREEN EAST HARLEM, Steering Committee Member

6/03-1/05, NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL, Washington, D.C.,Committee on Radiative Forcing Effects on Climate


9/91-5/93,NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, NY, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Earth Systems Group, Department of Applied Science

9/90-12/90,HUNTER COLLEGE,NY, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geology & Geography

1981-1986,SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS, NY ,Instructor, Introductory Physics Courses

Recent Publications

(currently submitted) Gaffin, SR, Milankovitch Ice Sheet Models and Paleo-Eustatic Sea Level Models Have Been Confronting the Same Sedimentary Problem, American Journal of Science.

Blake R, Grimm A, Ichinose T, DeWayne C, Jiong S, Horton R, Gaffin SR, Seto K, Bader D, (2010) Chapter 3 in: First Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities, in press, Cambridge University Press.

Gaffin, S. R., Rosenzweig, C., Eichenbaum-Pikser, J., Khanbilvardi, R. and Susca, T., 2010. “A Temperature and Seasonal Energy Analysis of Green, White, and Black Roofs“ Columbia University, Center for Climate Systems Research. New York. 19 pages, available online at:

C Rosenzweig, WD Solecki, L Parshall, B Lynn, J Cox, R Goldberg, S Hodges, SR Gaffin, RB Slosberg, P Savio, F Dunstan and M Watson (2009) Mitigating New York City’s Heat Island: Integrating Stakeholder Perpsectives and Scientific Evaluation, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, v. 90, p. 1297-1312.

Gaffin, SR, Khanbilvardi R. and C. Rosenzweig (2009) Development of a Green Roof Environmental Monitoring and Meteorological Network in New York City, Sensors, v. 9, p. 2647-2660, doi:10.3390/s90402647.

Gaffin, SR, Rosenzweig C, Khanbilvardi R, Parshall L, Mahani S, Glickman H, Goldberg R, Blake R, Slosberg RB and D Hillel (2008) Variations in New York City’s Urban Heat Island Strength Over Time and Space, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, DOI 10.1007/s00704-007-0368-3.

Lynn B, Carlson TN, Rosenzweig C, Solecki W, Goldberg R, Druyan L, Cox J, Gaffin S, Parshall L & K. Civerolo (2008) A Modification to the NOAH LSM to Simulate Heat Mitigation Strategies in the New York City Metropolitan Area, J. App. Met. and Clim., v. 48, p. 199-216 DOI 10.1175/2008JAMC1774.1

Rosenzweig, C., Solecki, W., Parshall, L., Gaffin, S., Lynn, B., Goldberg, R., Cox, J. and S. Hodges (2006) Mitigating New York City’s Urban Heat Island With Urban Forestry, Living Roofs and Light Surfaces American Meteorological Society 86th Annual Conference Proceedings.

  1. Hogrefe , B. Lynn, K. Civerolo, J.-Y. Ku, J. Rosenthal, C. Rosenzweig, R. Goldberg, S. Gaffin, K. Knowlton, and P.L. Kinney (2004) Simulating changes in regional air pollution over the eastern United States due to changes in global and regional climate and emissions, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 109, D22301.

K Knowlton, C Hogrefe, B Lynn, C Rosenzweig, JE Rosenthal, S. Gaffin, R Goldberg, K Civerolo, J-Y Ku, PL Kinney, (2004), Climate-Related Changes in Ozone Mortality Over the Next 50 years in the New York City Metropolitan Region, Environmental Health Perspectives, v. 112(15).

Collaborators & Co-Editors

Brad Bass (U. Toronto), H. Doshi (U. Toronto), R. Engelman (Worldwatch Inst.), Reza Khanbilvardi (City College), J. Lundholm (St. Mary’s Univ.) E. Oberndorfer (St.Mary’s Univ.), Cynthia Rosenzweig (NASA, GISS), W. Solecki (Hunter College)

Graduate & Post-Doctoral Advisors

Martin Hoffert (Ph.D. Advisor, New York University, current affiliation)

Barry Saltzman (Post-Doctoral Advisor, Yale University, deceased)

Thesis Advisor

Brian O’Neill, Ph.D., IIASA, Austria

Lily Parshall, Columbia University

Kim Knowlton, Columbia University

Graduate Students Advised: ~30