Fran Sussman has 30 years of experience in economic and public policy analysis of environmental issues. For more than two decades, she has worked on impacts, adaptation, and mitigation of climate change.
Dr. Sussman has experience thinking about adaptation, both strategically and rigorously. She directed ICF's support for development of an integrated climate mitigation and adaptation strategy for the state of Alaska, working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Environmental Conservation in Alaska in a stakeholder process involving participants throughout federal and state government and nongovernmental organizations (NGO). She has expertise in the application of economic methods for cost estimation and valuation to climate change and has led several efforts reviewing existing estimates of adaptation costs and applications in sectors such as transportation and examining the use of benefit-cost techniques in climate assessment.
Dr. Sussman co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis and co-led the development of a workshop for the National Climate Assessment. She has conducted a number of syntheses related to impacts and adaptation to climate change, including a study of the amenity value of climate change and an article in Climate Policy that summarizes the costs of adapting to climate change in the United States.
Dr. Sussman has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.