Joe Casola , Ph.D.

Deputy Director Climate Impacts Group

Joe’s mission is to help communities connect climate information to their decisions about resources and infrastructure and to help scientists connect with communities to better inform and guide research.

Areas of Expertise

Climate Adaptation & Decision Making Climate Impacts Vulnerability Assessment Stakeholder Engagement


Joe Casola is the Deputy Director at the UW Climate Impacts Group. Dr. Casola has worked on issues related to climate science and policy for more than 15 years. His career has focused on translating information about climate variability, climate change, and climate impacts for policymakers, resource managers, and business leaders. He previously served as Staff Scientist and Program Director for Science and Impacts at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) in Washington, DC; a Senior Associate at ICF International; and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Research Council. Casola earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, where his research examined the response of snowpack in the Cascades to rising temperatures. He also holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University.

Research Interests

  • Applying climate information to water supply and water quality management
  • Measuring the performance of the implementation of adaptation plans
  • Exploring the connections among climate, health, and equity

Select Current Projects

  • Stream temperature handbook for the NW Climate Science Center
  • Measuring Progress of Washington State agencies in pursuing adaptation
  • Considering climate impacts for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Cleanup

Recent Publications

Mauger, G.S., J.H. Casola, H.A. Morgan, R.L. Strauch, B. Jones, B. Curry, T.M. Busch Isaksen, L. Whitely Binder, M.B. Krosby, and A.K. Snover, 2015. State of Knowledge: Climate Change in Puget Sound. Report prepared for the Puget Sound Partnership and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington, Seattle. doi:10.7915/CIG93777D

Casola, J., 2016. The Water Year 2015 Drought in Washington State: What Does it Tell Us About Future Drought Risk? Proceedings of the 84th Annual Western Snow Conference (2016), Seattle, WA.

Jaglom, W.S., J.R. McFarland, M.F. Colley, C.B. Mack, B. Venkatesh, R.L. Miller, J. Haydel, P.A. Schultz, B. Perkhins, J.H. Casola, and J.A. Martinich, 2014. Assessment of projected temperature impacts from climate change on the US electric power sector using the Integrated Planning Model®. Energy Policy. 73: 524-539.