Biography

Dr. Tom Corringham is an economist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.

His research is focused on understanding the economic impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. His areas of specialization include catastrophic floods, wildfires, atmospheric rivers, El Niño, water resources, agriculture, public health, and economics.

His published work includes an assessment of the value of climate forecasts and climate information to wildland fire managers, analyses of the costs of flooding in the western U.S. associated with El Niño and atmospheric rivers, and a study on the impacts of wildfire smoke on public health in Southern California.

His current research projects include projections of the increasing costs of atmospheric rivers over the 21st century, an assessment of the economic impact of atmospheric rivers on road transportation networks, a study of flood vulnerability in communities of color, and the development of natural language processing tools to evaluate climate action plans.

Born in London England, Corringham received a BA and MA in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in environmental economics from UCSD and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Corringham was a National Merit Scholar and a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. He is affiliated with the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E), the California Nevada Climate Applications Program (CNAP), the Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SWCASC), and the San Diego Supercomputer Center’s WIFIRE program.