Tamma Carleton

CRML Affiliated Faculty

Assistant Professor, Bren School of Environmental Management




Tamma's research focuses on quantifying how Earth's climate shapes societies and economies today and into the future. Trained as an economist, Tamma uses econometrics alongside data science, climate science, and hydrology to empirically link large-scale climatological phenomena to changing socioeconomic patterns. Her work relies on a variety of remotely sensed products and she collaborates with computer scientists to develop new approaches and insights at the intersection of satellite imagery and machine learning.


Tamma Carleton is an Assistant Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Tamma's research combines economics with datasets and methodologies from remote sensing, data science, and climate science to quantify how environmental change and economic development shape one another. She is an active member of the Climate Impact Lab, an interdisciplinary team conducting an empirically-grounded global assessment of climate change impacts and a research associate at the Environmental Markets Lab. She joined the Bren School after a postdoc at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and she holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.