Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Jordan Clark

Senior Policy Associate


Jordan Clark is a senior policy associate for the Heat Policy Innovation Hub and the Water Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke University. As a climatologist, his work centers on the intersection of climate and health, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of extreme heat.

Clark’s recent work includes reviewing state hazard mitigation plans for heat preparedness measures and assisting in the development of a program to help North Carolina counties create heat action plans, including deriving health outcome–based heat index thresholds for a heat alert system. Additionally, he recently developed a tool to assist water utilities in initiating lead service line inventories.

Prior to his work at the Nicholas Institute, Clark earned his PhD in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During his graduate studies, he collaborated with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southeast Regional Climate Center and Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments. His research focused on linking heat stress indices directly to health outcomes, assessing microclimatic variations in heat stress using wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT), and developing a forecasting tool to predict WBGT.