Global catastrophic risk (GCR) is the risk of events large enough to significantly harm or even destroy human civilization at the global scale. The Global Catastrophic Risk Institute (GCRI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, founded in 2011 by Seth Baum and Tony Barrett. GCRI’s mission is to develop the best ways to confront humanity’s gravest threats. GCRI studies the full range of GCRs and GCR topics in order to answer the big questions: Which risks should society be most worried about? How do the different risks affect each other? And above all, what are the best ways to reduce the risk?
Seth Baum leads GCRI’s planning and management and contributes to GCRI’s research. He is also a Research Scientist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science and an Affiliate Researcher at the Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University (2012), an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University (2006), and B.S. degrees in Optics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Rochester (2003).