Richard Lawford, Senior Scientist

Richard Lawford


NASA Goddard
Greenbelt, MD 20771



Mr. Rick Lawford served as the Director of the International GEWEX Project Office (IGPO) from 2004 -2008. Previously he worked for more than eight years for the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research (UCAR) with NOAA as the program manager for the GEWEX Americas Prediction Project, one of the GEWEX CSEs. In this position he managed 40 to 50 projects and a peer review grant selection process, organized science meetings, and developed planning documentation, reports, synthesis presentations and publications. His current scientific interests include water cycle science and the contributions of remote sensing, droughts (all aspects) and the effective incorporation of water science into water policy and management. Prior to joining UCAR, Rick spent many years working in the fields of hydrology and meteorology with the Canadian government. There he served as Division Chief for a research group in hydrometeorology at the National Hydrology Research Center in Saskatoon. He has also worked in the fields of science policy development (Ministry of State for Science and Technology), program planning, evaluation and environmental policy development (Environment Canada) in Ottawa. Early in his career, he worked as a weather forecaster, research meteorologist and an instructor in the government's professional training program in meteorology. He has served as the regional chief of a Scientific Service Division, supervising a group of meteorologists working in applied climatology in Toronto, Ontario. He has served as an adjunct professor (Geography) at the University of Saskatchewan and a lecturer in Physics (Carleton University in Ottawa). Rick Lawford received his undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Manitoba (Brandon College) and undertook graduate studies in meteorology at the University of Alberta and McGill University. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. He has published on a broad range of topics, frequently gives invited conference presentations, and has been listed in the "International Who's Who."