Dr. Christian Braneon is a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. His primary responsibilities there are focused on integrating stakeholder engagement, satellite imagery, and climate projections into urban and regional planning. Dr. Braneon co-leads the Urban Climate Change Research Network’s (UCCRN) Urban Design Climate Workshop series focused on helping cities utilize NASA datasets to enhance climate resiliency. He also serves as Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change and is Co-Director of the Environmental Justice and Climate Just Cities Network at The Earth Institute.
Dr. Braneon has served as faculty at Barnard College at Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and Huston-Tillotson University. He served as Co-Director of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s inaugural Environmental Justice Academy for community leaders. Dr. Braneon led regional community engagement efforts associated with the Obama-Biden Administration’s Clean Power Plan in four states.
He serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Hydrology as well as Urban Climate. Dr. Braneon earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech. He also earned a BS in Applied Physics from Morehouse College.