Joshua Elliott

Co-Principal Investigator, RDCEP 2

Research Scientist and Fellow, Computation Institute, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory

Adjunct Research Scientist, Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research


Areas of Expertise:

  • Climate change impacts and adaptation in agriculture and forestry
  • Integrated assessment and economic modeling, primarily CGE and PE
  • Land use cover and change modeling
  • Large scale computation and ensemble simulation

Elliott works on a variety of topics at the interface of global climate change and environmental & social sciences through an assortment of applied modeling and computational projects. He leads a team at RDCEP and in the Agricultural Modeling Intercomparison and Improvement Project (AgMIP). He currently runs several projects designed to improve global change vulnerability, impact, and adaptation (VIA) assessment tools (primarily in agriculture and forestry), using large-scale high-resolution models enabled by high-performance computing. He also works on predictions of agricultural production at seasonal time scales, the effects of large-scale extreme events (such as droughts and heat waves), and with socio-economic modeling and scenario analysis in the context of integrated assessment models.

Elliott received his PhD in high-energy theoretical particle physics from McGill University in 2008. He has been with the Computation Institute since 2008.

Research Projects

Climate change impacts on agricultureCIM-EARTH frameworkFACE-IT | pSIMS | Parched Earth: Climate Change, Groundwater Depletion and the Future of Food Production in North America | The Next Great Dustbowl | Global Gridded Crop Model Intercomparison (GGCMI) Project | Agricultural Adaptation and the Green Revolution | Resilience of the Global Food System | Global Change, Food and Trade | AgGRIDForest Carbon Sequestration and Global Land UseEvaluating the utility of dynamical downscaling in agricultural impacts projectionsInterSectoral Impacts Model Intercomparison and Improvement Project (ISI-MIP)


Michael Glotter | Chetan Deva | Husam Haj | Anna Blinderman

Former Students 

Joseph Weston Jr. | Brandon Peralta | Diego Gomez | Kiela Moreno