Laurence Smith, guest lecturer | spotlight

Professor Karen Frey’s fall Collaborative course, Emerging Issues in Climate Change Science (GEOG 378), hosted a special course meeting with Larry Smith on November 11th.


Laurence C. Smith is the John Atwater and Diana Nelson University Professor of Environmental Studies and Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. Previously, he was Professor of Geography at UCLA where he served as Department Chair from 2013-2017.  His research interests include the Arctic, water resources, and satellite remote sensing technologies.

In 2006-2007 he was named a Guggenheim Fellow by the John S. Guggenheim Foundation and in 2007 and 2014 his work appeared prominently in 4th and 5th Assessment Reports of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is the author of Rivers of Power: How a Natural Force Raised Kingdoms, Destroyed Civilizations, and Shapes Our World (2020) and The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization’s Northern Future (2011).

Learn more about his work with the Northern Change Research Laboratory here and in recent media coverage: