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David Fowler

David’s early research at Nottingham University in the 1970s was focussed on the application of micrometeorology to measure the surface-atmosphere exchange of SO2 to crops and soil.  On moving to ITE (Institute of Terrestrial Ecology which has become Centre for Ecology and Hydrology or CEH, UK) in 1975 he developed a new research area within the Institute working on the emissions, atmospheric processing, deposition and effects of  a range of trace gases and aerosols (SO2, SO4, NO, NO2, O3, NH3, NH4, HNO3). Much of the early work was related to the then very topical issue of Acid Rain and the related problems of how much did individual countries in Europe contribute to the ecological problems in other countries.

The research discovered the processes by which the wet scavenging of pollutants from the atmosphere over the uplands was greatly enhanced by seeder-feeder processes in field experiments on Great Dun Fell with colleagues from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and allowed the mapping of wet deposition over complex terrain. The growing research group at ITE and more recently CEH Edinburgh developed analytical equipment and of a range of micrometeorological methods to measure trace gas fluxes between soils, vegetation and the atmosphere. The developing issue of ecosystem eutrophication resulting from the deposition of nitrogen from the atmosphere was the next major focus and has remained a major part of the research in the Atmospheric Sciences team at Edinburgh since the early 1980s. A substantial part of his research has been devoted to bringing together the process research and monitoring data in syntheses for Policy Makers in Defra, the EU and the UNECE.

The Acid Deposition (RGAR), Photochemical oxidants (PORG), Nitrogen deposition and the RoTAP 2012 and  NEGTAP 2001 reports have provided a valuable synthesis for Policy makes of the work in this field over the last three decades. For instance, the Royal Society Policy documents (Ground level Ozone 2008, ACCENT review papers 2009), and the UNEP Black carbon and ozone assessment 2011). The publication of the Royal Society discussion meeting on the Global Nitrogen cycle 2013 provides a synthesis of current understanding of the processes and fluxes in the Global Nitrogen Cycle.

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Paulo Artaxo

Participant in several major international research efforts, such as IGAC, CACGP, IPCC, WMO and others. He has acted as member of several scientific steering committees, such as at the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Program IGAC/IGBP, Deposition of Biologically Important Trace Species (DEBITS) project, Biomass Burning Experiment (BIBEX) project, Polar Atmospheric Snow Chemistry Committee (PASC), and the IPCC Panel on Global Aviation Effects.

He is one of the coordinators and member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the LBA Experiment and member of the IPCC working group on climate change impacts. He was general secretary of the CACGP, the IAMAS Commission on atmospheric chemistry and global pollution. He was a Lead Author at the last two IPCC reports (AR5 and AR4), and coordinates the Global Change Program from FAPESP. He is one of the most cited Brazilian researchers, and member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, TWAS among others institutions.

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Akhilesh Gupta

Dr Akhilesh Gupta obtained his MSc degree in Physics from Lucknow University in 1984 and joined M.Tech course at IIT, Kanpur. Dr Gupta received his doctorate degree in Atmospheric Sciences from IIT, Delhi. He worked in the India Meteorological Department during 1985-1994 as Meteorologist and then joined National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, Department of Science & Technology (DST) where he worked at various levels until 2006. He became Adviser / Scientist-G in 2006. During 2007-09, he worked as Adviser to the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. Dr Gupta worked as Head of Climate Change Programme at the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and is presently coordinating two National Missions on Climate Change of the Government of India. These missions are: (a) National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem (NMSHE) and (b) National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change (NMSKCC).

Dr Akhilesh Gupta also worked as Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC) during the period from Nov. 2012 to Nov. 2013.

Dr Gupta has been a climate scientist and weather forecaster by profession. He has published over 100 research papers in various National and International journals. He has been Managing Editor of the Bulletin of Indian Meteorological Society for 4 years and author/editor of 3 books.

Dr Akhilesh Gupta received D.Lit (Honoris Causa) from Jagatguru Rambhadracharya handicapped University, Chitrakut in 2013.

Dr Gupta is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE); Fellow of Indian Meteorological Society (FIMS); and Honorary Professor of Amity University Rajasthan

Specialties: Climate Change, Capacity Building in Climate Change specialities in India, Tropical Cyclone prediction, Weather-Forecasting, Location specific weather forecasts including those for the mountainous regions,  Higher Education sector


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Sonia Seneviratne

Sonia Seneviratne is full professor at the Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. There, she leads the land-climate dynamics group, which investigates land-climate processes and feedbacks. Her research interests include soil moisture dynamics, climate-relevant vegetation processes, climate change and extreme events, and droughts and hot extremes. She has published more than 130 articles in this field since 2002.

Prof. Seneviratne was a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Extreme events (SREX, Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation”) published in 2012. She is presently the co-chair of the GEWEX Scientific Steering Group, a core project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and of the WCRP Extremes Grand Challenge. In 2013, Sonia Seneviratne became a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and was awarded the AGU James B. Macelwane Medal. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, she was identified among the most highly cited researchers in the field of Geosciences in the preceding 10 years. Sonia Seneviratne holds an MSc and PhD from ETH Zurich, and was a visiting scientist at MIT and NASA/GSFC.

Web link: http://iacweb.ethz.ch/people/sonia

 





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