James Hansen

Senior Research Scientist

  • Phone: +1 (845) 680-4410
  • Email: ude.aibmuloc.irinull@nesnahj
  • Address:117 Monell
    61 Route 9W
    Palisades, NY 10964


James Hansen is a research scientist working in the area of agricultural systems. Since 1996, his career has focused on the management of climate risk and use of climate information for agriculture. Prior to joining the IRI in 1999, he worked at the University of Florida, where he contributed to the development of a state-wide climate applications program in Florida, and formation of the Southeast Climate Consortium. Past research contributions have included applications of agricultural systems methods to use of climate information, farm economic risk and sustainability analysis, and land use under conflicting goals; communication of probabilistic climate information; spatial scaling in agro-ecosystem modeling; stochastic weather modeling; climate-based crop forecasting; and tropical soil fertility and intercrop ecology. He holds a PhD in agricultural and biological engineering from the University of Florida, and an MS in agronomy and soil science from the University of Hawaii.

Research Interests

Hansen’s research includes:

  • The economic implications of risk and advance information for agricultural and food security management;
  • The design and effective communication of climate information for smallholder farmers;
  • Integrating climate and other information to forecast agricultural production; and
  • The role of managing current climate risk in reducing vulnerability to progressive climate change.