The inaugural Bert Bolin Lecture, sponsored by the Global Environmental Change Focus Group, will be presented on 14 December at 9:00 AM in Moscone South 104 by Bolin Award recipient Dr. Alan K. Betts on the topic “Interweaving Climate Research and Public Understanding”. Dr. Betts owns and operates the private research firm “Atmospheric Research” in Pittsford, Vermont. A graduate of Cambridge University and Imperial College, London, Dr. Betts has published more than 140 peer-reviewed papers on various topics such as tropical meteorology, global and regional weather, and climate. He is the recipient of the Meisinger and Charney Awards of the American Meteorological Society, and is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society, Royal Meteorological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and AGU.
The Bert Bolin Award is named after Bert Rickard Johannes Bolin (1925 –2007), a Swedish biogeochemistry/ 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 on AGU On-Demand for those AGU members unable to attend in person.