Kimberley R. Miner, Ph.D., is a Scientist and Systems Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in California, where she researches and forecasts climate risks. Her work has taken her to the most extreme environments in the world—from Antarctica to Mt. Everest—where her team secured a Guinness World Record for identifying the highest-altitude pollutants. Miner’s research has been highlighted by CBS, the New York Times, the Washington Post, GQ, and Sports Illustrated. Before coming to NASA, she worked with the Department of Defense in Washington, DC, assessing climate risks to national interests.


As the global community faces new challenges, civil space-based Earth observations offer the United States unique opportunities to employ science diplomacy in cooperation and competition.