Dr. Kathie Dello
Director / State Climatologist
149 Research III Building, Centennial Campus
Box 7236, North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7236
Kathie Dello is the state climatologist of North Carolina and the director of the North Carolina State Climate Office. She is the 5th permanent director and first woman to hold this position at the NCSCO in 44 years.
Kathie is involved with climate resilience planning and impacts assessment. She is also a proficient science communicator, and frequently collaborates with local and national media, NGOs, and other climate organizations. She works closely with North Carolina’s state agencies to help them understand their climate risk. She led and/or participated in 4 state assessments. She led Oregon’s first Climate Assessment in 2010, and was a co-author in 2017 and 2019. Kathie was a lead author for the 2020 North Carolina Climate Science Report and a member of the Climate Advisory Panel. She has also participated in adaptation planning in New York and Oregon, and was a technical advisor to North Carolina’s 2020 Risk and Resilience Plan.
Kathie comes to us from Oregon State University, where she was the associate director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute and the deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service for almost 10 years. At OSU, Kathie led and participated in numerous state climate assessments, outreach, engagement, and research.
She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Oregon State University, a Master’s in Geography and a Bachelor’s in Atmospheric Science from the State University of New York at Albany.