Mark Osler is the senior advisor for Coastal Inundation and Resilience for NOAA. His leadership advances coastal science and the ability of decision-makers to prepare for and respond to changes affecting the nation’s coastlines. He serves as senior advisor to NOAA leadership on defining research, applied science, and policy priorities related to understanding and reducing impacts of coastal risk to the public, our national security, and our nation’s economy.
Mark’s interagency leadership efforts include serving as the U.S. government representative to the G7’s Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance; federal coordinating lead author for the Coastal Effects Chapter for the Fifth National Climate Assessment; co-chair for the Coasts Interagency Group of the U.S. Global Change Research Program; co-chair for the Interagency Council for Advancing Meteorological Services’ Subcommittee on Water Information and Services; and as the NOAA representative within various White House interagency fora, including the National Security Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Council on Environmental Quality.
Prior to joining NOAA, Mark worked for 17 years in the private sector. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware’s Center for Applied Coastal Research.