Biography

Dr. Tom Corringham is a postdoctoral research economist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.

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

His published work includes an assessment of the value of climate forecasts and climate information to wildland fire managers, an analysis of the costs of flooding in the western U.S. associated with El Niño, and a quantification of the costs of atmospheric rivers in terms of catastrophic flooding.

His current research projects include the impacts of wildfire, Santa Ana winds, and smoke on fine particulate matter and respiratory illness in Southern California, projections of the increasing costs of atmospheric rivers over the 21st century, and forecasts of extreme flooding associated with climate change across the United States.

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, where he lectured courses in micro and macroeconomics, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Corringham is a National Merit Scholar and the recipient of a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation. His research is funded by the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) and the California Nevada Climate Applications Program (CNAP).