Dr. Laurence C. Smith is Professor and Chair of Geography and Professor of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at UCLA. His research interests include the Arctic, hydrology, satellite remote sensing technologies and climate change. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles, essays and books.
His publications have appeared in the journals Science, Nature, and PNAS, and he has won more than $7M in research funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA. His general-audience book The New North: the World in 2050 explores four "megatrends" - climate change, rising population, globalisation and resource depletion - and attempts how they will shape the far north and the rest of the world between now and 2050.