ICAS external seminar

David Warrilow, OBE, FRMetS, President of the Royal Meteorological Society

Abstract: Taking the theme of “One Atmosphere” I will consider the role of the Royal Meteorological Society and the challenges of covering the diverse aspects of meteorology and presenting it to a wider public. I will consider the dependence of humanity on the atmosphere and the threats that come from misusing such a vital resource. Finally, I will review the mechanisms in place to protect the atmosphere and including possible developments such as the introduction of a Law of the Atmosphere.
Bio: David Warrilow was a senior government science advisor and international negotiator on climate change and environmental issues, such as ozone depletion and air pollution. He led the UK delegations to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for over 20 years and was a lead negotiator for the EU on the scientific issues covered in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He managed a significant research programme at the Department of Energy and Climate Change providing underpinning scientific evidence and analysis of climate change, energy and ozone depletion in support of the UK’s domestic and international policies. Communicating the science of climate change to non-specialists has been a key aspect of his career. Prior to this, he undertook research at the Met Office on the development of observing systems, hydrometeorology and flood design, and climate modelling of the land surface process. Since retiring from the civil service in January 2016 David has undertaken several speaking engagements on the scientific background to the Paris Climate Agreement and on the use of science to support policy. He now leads the Royal Meteorological Society’s Special Interest Group on Climate Science.

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