Jeffrey K. Lazo is Director of the Societal Impacts Program (SIP) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. He is an economist with extensive experience in nonmarket valuation of environmental and natural resources. His current work focuses on the communication and value of weather information and the economic impact of severe weather events. This work includes developing economic metrics for evaluation of the benefits of improved forecasting for solar energy, developing expert elicitation approaches for benefit estimates of improved hydrometeorological services in developing countries, and benefit cost analysis of programs to enhance weather forecasting. Working with The World Bank, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and USAID, Jeff is a co-author for a comprehensive guidance document on benefit cost analysis for national hydrometeorological services. Jeff currently leads the benefit-cost analysis of national hydrometeorological services in Mozambique and Bangladesh.
Jeff is a member of the WMO Forum on the Socio-Economic Applications of Meteorological and Hydrological Services and the WMO’s WWRP Societal and Economic Research and Applications Working Group, and recent member of the AMS Commission on the Weather and Climate Enterprise Steering Committee. He is former editor of the American Meteorological Society journal Weather, Society, and Climate. Jeff received a BA in economics and philosophy from the University of Denver and his Masters and PhD in environmental and natural resource economics from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Former positions include Assistant Professor of Mineral Economics at Penn State University and Manager at Stratus Consulting in Boulder, CO.