The Bert Bolin Lecture, sponsored by the Global Environmental Change Focus Group, will be presented on Wednesday, 13 December at 9:00 AM in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center – La Nouvelle C Ballroom by Bolin Award recipient Dr. J. David Neelin, Professor of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, on the topic “The Essential Interactions between Understanding Climate Variability and Climate Change“. Dr. Neelin is a Fellow of five professional societies (including AGU). He is a past recipient of the NSF Special Creativity Award, the Presidential Young Investigator Award, and the C.L. Meisinger Award of the American Meteorological Society. His research involves interactions between different pieces of the climate system, starting with ocean-atmosphere interaction and later spreading to some of the other interactions that must be understood as fully coupled processes.
The Bert Bolin Award is named after Bert Rickard Johannes Bolin (1925 –2007), a Swedish biogeochemist/ meteorologist who served as the first chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Bolin was not only an outstanding researcher in global biogeochemical cycle and climate change, but also an effective science statesman and international leader who brought together a diverse range of views among thousands of scientists to inform the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and Kyoto Protocol. His efforts directly contributed to a broad understanding of the social, political, and security consequences of climate change brought about by anthropogenic activities. The award recognizes ground-breaking research or/and leadership in global environmental change through cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and trans-disciplinary research in the past 5 years.
The Bolin lecture will be live-streamed and recorded on AGU On-Demand for those AGU members unable to attend in person.