Rebecca Morss

  • Rebecca Morss
    National Center for Atmospheric Research

    Rebecca Morss

    Research Scientist

    Rebecca E. Morss is a Senior Scientist and Deputy Director of the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology (MMM) Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Morss is an expert in weather forecasting systems and risk communication, with an emphasis on high-impact weather including hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. She has more than twenty years of experience in developing research programs, leading projects, and building teams that integrate knowledge and methods across fields to address problems that cross disciplinary and science-society boundaries. Her current research foci include the communication and interpretation of weather risks, the use of weather-related information in decision making, and weather hazard prediction and predictability. She has served in multiple national and international leadership roles, including on several U.S. National Academies committees and as an elected Councilor of the American Meteorological Society. In 2019, she co-chaired the 2020-2024 NCAR Strategic Planning Steering Committee and was Interim Director of NCAR's MMM Laboratory and Interim Associate Director of NCAR. She received a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  • Henderson, Jen, Lisa Dilling, Rebecca Morss, Olga Wilhelmi, and Ursula Rick. 2021. “‘We Got in the Pilot Program to Learn from It:’ Features of Social Learning in Drought Contexts Along the Arkansas River in Colorado.” Weather, Climate, and Society, June.

  • Dilling, L., R. Morss, and O. Wilhelmi (2018). Learning to Expect Surprise: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Beyond. Journal of Extreme Events, Vol. 4, No. 3.   doi: 10.1142/S2345737617710014

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